Campbell Summer Soundstage: Season 2, Episode 2

Something for an Empty Briefcase (17 Jul. 1953)
"Campbell Playhouse" Something for an Empty Briefcase (original title)

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Episode cast overview:
Susan Douglas Rubes ...
Noli (as Susan Douglas)
Don Hanmer ...
Robert Middleton ...
Frank Maxwell ...
Peter Gumeny ...
The Policeman (as Pete Gumeny)


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After Sloane roughs up Joe and leaves, Joe stumbles against the sink. It almost falls to the floor, revealing that it's only a prop. See more »

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Poor script, decent performances.
27 September 2014 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

James Dean stars as Joe, a small-time criminal who just got out of jail yet again. He is feeling conflicted however--he only knows petty crime but wants more in life. Heck, he wants to be somebody--the type guy who walks to work carrying a briefcase. But, instead of going to work, he decides to pull one last robbery. He tries to mug a young lady, Noli (Susan Douglas) but something odd happens (something that just seemed impossibly improbable)--police come along as he's attempting to rob her AND YET SHE DOES NOT TELL THE POLICE ABOUT THIS. Instead, she protects him and afterwards they begin a romance. Improbable? You betcha! What's next? Give it a look if you'd like at

The plot is a bit dopey and difficult to believe. But, for James Dean fans there is plenty here to like--with LOTS of brooding and angst--the sort of stuff that made him famous. All others might do better to look elsewhere. And, if you want a similar sort of plot but done better, try another TV show of the day, "Studio 7--Time of Day" starring Charles Bronson and Peggy Ann Garner.

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