Inventor Ralph Cowell murders his silent partner Alfred, only to be blackmailed by vagrant Peter Goodfellow, who witnessed the crime.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Himself - Host
Ralph Cowell (as Philip Reed)
Cyril Delevanti ...


A year ago, Mr. Sloane lent Ralph the money he needed to develop and market a new invention, in return for 50% of the profits. Now Sloane calls Ralph to ask for his share, but Ralph has spent all of his earnings on his attractive, materialistic wife. When Sloane insists on payment, Ralph kills him in a park and takes his wallet, expecting to recover the IOU he had written. But the murder is witnessed by a vagrant, who also recovers the IOU in Sloane's cigarette case. The vagrant and a friend come to confront Ralph, demanding heavy payment in return for their silence. Written by Snow Leopard

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5 February 1956 (USA)  »

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(RCA Sound Recording)

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1.33 : 1
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The two crooks in this episode are played by Johnny Silver, born John Silver, with a height of 1.51 m rather short, and by Robert Newton, whose best known role was that of the pirate Long John Silver in Treasure Island. See more »

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More Colorful than Suspenseful
10 June 2016 | by (Claremont,USA) – See all my reviews

For a moment I thought I was looking at Marilyn Monroe and Tyrone Power as the married Cowell's. That's not surprising since it's 1956 and Hollywood's ablaze with ersatz Marilyns. This blonde sexpot (Knudsen), however, is one greedy vixen who's got hubby (Reed) wrapped around her little finger while she picks his pocket. In fact, it seems everyone's got his or her hand in his wallet. Those two seedy derelicts (Newton & Silver) who see him murder his business partner (Delevanti) even blackmail him into letting them move into his lavish digs. Good thing he's got a big bucks business what with all these parasites sucking him dry.

Newton hams it up enough to provide the series trademark black humor, along with a diminutively amusing Silver. There's some mild suspense as we wonder how husband Cowell will get out of his predicament, especially with wife Cowell who loves him as much as his current wallet-size will buy. I guess I was hoping he would find a way out, since he seemed more a weak victim than a real culprit. Anyway, it's a colorful entry, even though I thought the ending a little flat.

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