Joe Ferlini is a Houdini-like escape artist who performs in nightclubs. He claims to be the fastest at getting out of a straight jacket but wants to make a bigger splash. He proposes to ... See full summary »

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Joe Ferlini
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Harry Miller
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Joe Ferlini is a Houdini-like escape artist who performs in nightclubs. He claims to be the fastest at getting out of a straight jacket but wants to make a bigger splash. He proposes to have himself handcuffed, tied with a rope, locked into a trunk and dumped into a nearby river. His promoter agrees but his wife Wanda and her lover Tommy arrange for the inevitable. When a coroner's demands to examine Ferlini's body, it seems he may have made the greatest escape of all! Written by garykmcd

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31 January 1961 (USA)  »

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Glug! Glug! Glug!
19 December 2009 | by (Claremont,USA) – See all my reviews

The Great Ferlini (Wynn) is an egotistical braggart who knocks around his lovely assistant Wanda (Sterling) when not doing his cheesy escape act for nightclub audiences. The trouble is they're both aging and so is their act. Now Ferlini dreams of the big time with a socko new escape trick from a box dropped into a lake. And it might just work, what with all the hidden keys and razor blades, plus a big publicity buildup. Except, Wanda is tired of getting socked around, and now she's got a new, younger squeeze Tommy (Craven). Plus she knows how to narrow the field by getting rid of the obnoxious Ferlini. However, she's forgotten one thing—he is an escape artist.

Average episode, at best. The pay-off is somewhat ironic, but lacks the punch of the better episodes. Then too, the story is filmed in straightforward manner, adding nothing to the one- note suspense script. Nonetheless, Sterling's soulful brand of blonde cheapness is always entertaining, while Wynn struts and puffs appropriately as the great artiste. Still and all, by this sixth season, the dropoff in story quality has become noticeable.


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