When Lyle Endicott is fired from his job at an art museum, he comes up with a plan to take advantage of a trusting invalid whom he befriended at the museum.




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Episode complete credited cast:
Himself - Host
Patricia Collinge ...
Martha Cheney
Pamela Waring
Herbert Koether
Kathryn Card ...
Ruby Boyenton


Lyle Endicott is a smooth manipulator, but he's not smooth enough to save his job at a Manhattan art museum. And his talent doesn't seem to have gotten him anywhere in life. "Why not just once can something go right for me?" he wonders. Luck finally seems to shine on him when he overhears his boss, Mr. Koether, talking to one of the museum's patrons, Martha Cheney, an invalid who uses a wheelchair. She and Koether call each other by their first names, but their friendship isn't enough to persuade Miss Cheney to sell him the famous Cheney vase. Lyle realizes the heirloom is worth a lot of money -- money that can be his if he manages to insinuate himself into the old woman's life. Written by J. Spurlin

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25 December 1955 (USA)  »

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(RCA Sound Recording)

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1.33 : 1
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[first lines]
Homer Koether: I don't intend to discuss it any further. I want you to leave the museum this afternoon.
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The Old Family Heirloom
3 November 2011 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Film fans will remember Patricia Collinge as featherheaded Aunt Birdie in The Little Foxes, but for a different Collinge one should look at this episode from the Alfred Hitchcock Presents series, The Cheney Vase.

The vase is Hitchcock's McGuffin here, a valuable antique in the Cheney family for years. George MacReady who is the head of a museum wants Collinge to sell it to him, but she prefers to keep it until she dies.

Which might not be long if Darren McGavin has his way. McGavin was fired by MacReady, but he fakes a letter of recommendation from his former boss and insinuates himself into Collinge's household. He even plants Ruta Lee there as a maid.

Collinge turns out not to be so featherheaded in the end however.

McGavin plays a nasty piece of work, but he didn't see what Collinge had in the way of wits by any means.

Definitely, though not personally directed by Hitchcock, in the spirit of the master of suspense.

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