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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Miffed by the Sudden Ending!
15 August 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Sir Alfred Hitchcock's television series was popular in the 1950s but he didn't direct or write the episodes. He merely introduced and spoke at the end about the story shown in between. In this story, I would have liked to know what happened to the Cheney Vase, Ms Cheney, and Mr. Endicott. This is a great episode even though it ends quite vaguely. I was struck by the ending which I won't spoil. The cast is marvelous especially Darren McGavin who played Lyle Endicott, a recently fired assistant curator at a museum. Carolyn Jones played his girlfriend and the museum's secretary. Patricia Collinge is brilliant as the trusting wealthy invalid artist. Ruta Lee has a brief memorable role as Ruby. The ending was quite a surprise and taken aback by the Cheney Vase.

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