An antiques dealer feels he should be enjoying the finer things in life, but his Aunt Muriel is the one with all the money. Finding another man's wallet gives him an evil idea.

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Seymour Johnston is a vain, silly man, but that's not how he sees himself. Nor does he see himself the way his late father did--as a man who couldn't be trusted with a large inheritance, a man who needed to make his own way in the world. That's why Seymour's father left all his money to his sister, Seymour's Aunt Muriel. Of course, once she is dead, the money will all go to him. But the middle-aged Aunt Muriel does not seem destined to die any time soon. In the meantime, how will Seymour keep his antique shop going? More important, how will he be able to enjoy any of the finer things in life? When Seymour, reduced to eating in a diner, finds a wallet someone had dropped, the answer comes to him immediately. Written by J. Spurlin

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28 October 1956 (USA)  »

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Seymour puts the blackmail note in the left hand desk drawer, which is otherwise empty. Later the detective removes it from the right hand drawer, which is full of papers. See more »

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Seymour Johnston: [narrating] I suppose you could say it began that Easter Sunday. I was spending the weekend at my Aunt Muriel's house in Norwich, Connecticut. A place I was forced to spend many weekends. Not that I found my aunt's company particularly congenial, far from it. But the food was fair and even she didn't have the effrontery to charge me for my visits. Not that she wasn't capable of doing even that. As a matter of fact, nothing my aunt did would be too surprising. But that weekend, she ...
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Too Gimmicky
4 April 2016 | by (Claremont,USA) – See all my reviews

Fairly suspenseful episode, until the really gimmicky upshot. Seymour is a slightly effete antiques dealer with a wealthy Aunt Muriel (Dunnock). Seems he's got pretensions of being too superior to go to work now that his shop is failing and auntie is tired of supporting it. Besides Muriel is beginning to treat him with disdain mainly because of his posturing airs. So being the egotist he is, guess what he contemplates.

Hatfield specialized in such fey parts beginning with The Picture of Dorian Gray (1945). Here his smooth face and elegant manner are quite believable. Dunnock too registers as the gritty aunt. But the payoff to his rather pedestrian plan is little more than a quirky gimmick that should have been re-thought. In passing-- I can't help noting KT Stevens' rather inessential role as Seymour's sultry paramour. I suspect the role was tacked on by TV's Standards and Practices to assure audiences that the effete Seymour was not actually gay despite his fey manner. That's just my surmise. Nonetheless, TV was indeed that airbrushed during the culturally conservative 1950's.


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