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Cheap Is Cheap 

Alexander Gifford has to be the cheapest skinflint on the planet. He chides his wife for leaving a light turned on and he reads his neighbors newspaper rather than buy his own. When his ... See full summary »

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Alexander Gifford has to be the cheapest skinflint on the planet. He chides his wife for leaving a light turned on and he reads his neighbors newspaper rather than buy his own. When his wife discovers he has bank accounts totaling $33,000 she starts spending money on herself and he decides he has to do something about it. He tries to hire a hit man, but recoils when he's told that the fee would be $500. The hit man refers him to a chemist to buy poison, but again recoils at the cost. He decides to find a low-cost way to proceed, but even when he's successful is taken aback when the doctor tells him that the funeral will likely cost at least $160. Even with that, he finds a way to avoid the costs. Written by garykmcd

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5 April 1959 (USA)  »

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Dennis Day plays an obsessive penny-pincher. Ironically, he was a regular on the Jack Benny Show on radio and TV for over 30 years. Of course, Jack Benny was perhaps the most famous penny-pincher in the history of popular entertainment. See more »

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Oh, Mr. Benny!
20 March 2013 | by See all my reviews

This is a classic, even if it's not that great. It's one of the shows I remember from my youth. It involves an incredibly cheap man played by Dennis Day (Jack Benny's sidekick and Irish tenor). He has amassed a small fortune for the time by making his wife live hand to mouth with him. The you know what hits the fan when in the process of cleaning, she finds a set of bank books with healthy accounts at several banks. She doesn't miss a beat. She begins to spend the money on the things he's deprived her of. She is also planning on divorcing him, knowing the courts will be sympathetic to her. All he can think about is the money. What to do? Of course, he decides that murder is the only solution. This leads to a series of events where he realizes that it will cost him money to do away with someone. He even tries to obtain some poison, but is too cheap to buy it. The delight is in the process and I won't ruin it for you. Dennis Day does a nice job of creating a sense of reverie. He reminded me of Ralphie in A Christmas Story as he longs for his Red Ryder BB Gun.


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