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Jan Manning is having serious financial problems. She runs a dress shop but sales are down and she doesn't have her late husband's knack at purchasing, the end result being that she has too... See full summary »

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Frank Voss
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Jan Manning is having serious financial problems. She runs a dress shop but sales are down and she doesn't have her late husband's knack at purchasing, the end result being that she has too much inventory. One of her suppliers, Mel Reeves, has a solution: he needs only to hire someone to break in to the shop through the skylight and set it on fire allowing Jan to collect on her insurance policy. But when the shop burns down, Jan tells the insurance investigator what happened, only to be told that no one broke into the shop but that she is nonetheless responsible for setting the fire herself. Written by garykmcd

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1 February 1959 (USA)  »

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Whatever Happened to Nancy Olson
9 March 2011 | by (Claremont,USA) – See all my reviews

After being refused a bank loan, a struggling dress shop owner (Olson) is tempted by fast- talking salesman (Meeker) into recouping her losses illegally.

On the whole, it's an average episode, distinguished nonetheless by typical series strengths of fine acting and ironical ending. Olson makes such a sympathetic business owner, it's hard not to suffer with her. Her career was largely built on an attractive wholesome quality that's just right for the part. Then too, was there ever any actor better at a cocky swagger than Ralph Meeker, e.g. Kiss Me Deadly (1955). Here his leering smile and line of blarney is half-charming and half-obnoxious. Too bad Jan (Olson) can't resist those martinis he keeps plying her with. Watch too for that fine utility actor Dave Willock, a familiar face, as the affable claims adjustor.

Nothing special here, except average Hitchcock, but average Hitch is so much better than average anything else of its time.


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