A paroled safe cracker is hired by a safe company to try and break open one of their safes publicly, and get the 50,000 dollar reward inside.

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Alfred Hitchcock - Host
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Sammy Morrisey
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Harrison Fell
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Wilton Stark
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Mr. Bliss
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Grady
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Dorothy
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Harrison Fell is an advertising executive who comes with a brilliant publicity stunt for one of the company's major clients, a safe manufacturer that claims to have created a burglar-proof safe. He asks Sammy Morrisey, once billed as the world's greatest safe cracker, to try to break into the safe. Morrisey isn't keen on the idea as he now has a new profession and has tried to put those days behind him. As an incentive, Morrisey is told that an envelope with $50,000 will be put in the safe and if he can break in, he gets to keep the money. Morrisey accepts the offer, with surprising results for all. Written by garykmcd

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27 February 1962 (USA)  »

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Of the lighter variety
8 November 2012 | by (Denmark) – See all my reviews

Harrison(played enthusiastically by Webber) Fell(someone really should help him back up), an ad exec, has not had a good idea for a campaign for months(personally, I think it's because all his time is spent thinking up more or less fitting metaphors for seemingly every situation he's in that relates to his job being done successfully... most of them are about space travel, which, to be fair, was on everybody's mind at the time... still, they can get to be grating). He's sure he has it now, however: having the best safe-cracker see if he can open the most recent box, in front of a crowd including policemen and reporters. His boss Stark apparently agreed(presumably after his Mark II came to a safe landing), so now he has to convince Morrisey(Hartman, who does well with the comedic material, physical and verbal alike), and then it's a wash! Because... he couldn't... really open it... could he? This is one of the humor-oriented episodes, as the wacky music will reveal... there are a few gags(such as the long running one of different methods and tools being used against the sturdy container) and jokes, but more than being outright funny(and if you aren't into the way they went for laughs in the period this was made, you're outta luck for even those), it's just an overall less serious approach(and mercifully doesn't get as goofy as it at times threatens to). The ending is clever and surprising. I recommend this to fans of this type of more family-friendly crime-mysteries. 7/10


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