When Capt. Ernest Fisher learns that Milton Potter has been released from prison after serving his 15 year sentence, he tells his subordinates about this very strange case. Potter was a ... See full summary »
When Capt. Ernest Fisher learns that Milton Potter has been released from prison after serving his 15 year sentence, he tells his subordinates about this very strange case. Potter was a bookkeeper for a bank. He did his work well and was reliable but people knew very little about his private life. When it's determined that he embezzled $200,000 he is eventually sent to jail. No one can quite believe that he was really the type to steal and he never tells anyone what happened to the money. After his release, Fisher visits him and incredibly, Potter tells him he's not the type to run and returns the stolen money! Only later, aboard a cruise ship does he explain to a fellow passenger that there is method to his apparent madness. Written by
"Not the Running Type" and not the honest type either
Paul Hartman of "The Andy Griffith Show" fame, stars as a mild-mannered and inconsequential clerk who steals $200,000 from his company and then meekly turns himself into the police. Robert Bray and Bert Freed are the detectives who interrogate him fiercely because although he freely admits his crime, Hartman refuses to tell them where the money is. Even threatened with a long stretch in prison does nothing to dissuade this fellow, to the utter exasperation of Bray and Freed. They think he's off his rocker and reluctantly send him to trial where he's quickly convicted of Grand Larceny. So off Hartman goes to prison for fifteen years. He's out after 12 for good behavior, but not entirely off the hook. Upon his release, Detective Bray visits him and tells him that he's still liable for the $200,000 and will keep his eyes on him until its recovered. To his complete surprise, Hartman immediately fesses up where the money is hidden and is very contrite about the whole incident. Bray walks away thinking that Hartman's tour in prison must've made him a changed man---and in a way, he is. On a luxury liner heading to the South Seas a few months later, Hartman tells a fellow passenger about how he "invested $200,000" and that over 12 years the interest and profit came to a staggering $150,000. So there was method to his madness after all. This episode was directed by the prolific and talented Arthur Hiller who's still with us after all these years. The top-notch cast help move this little tale along without a hitch, culminating with Hitchcock's usual surprise ending---and not a dead body anywhere to be found.
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