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"Campbell Summer Soundstage" Something for an Empty Briefcase (1953)"Campbell Playhouse" Something for an Empty Briefcase (original title)

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S. Lee Pogostin (television play)
Original Air Date:
17 July 1953 (Season 2, Episode 2)
Joe wants a different future than one as a petty hoodlum and when he attempts to rob an aspiring dancer Noli, he glimpses the possibilities. He imagines purchasing a briefcase as a start but his crime partner is reluctant to let him go. | Add synopsis »
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 (Episode Cast) (in credits order)
Susan Douglas Rubes ... Noli (as Susan Douglas)

James Dean ... Joe
Don Hanmer ... Mickey

Robert Middleton ... Sloane
Frank Maxwell ... Lou
Peter Gumeny ... The Policeman (as Pete Gumeny)

Episode Crew
Directed by
Don Medford 
Writing credits
S. Lee Pogostin (television play)

Produced by
Martin Horrell .... producer
Art Department
John Robert Lloyd .... sets
Sound Department
Mahlon Fox .... audio
Camera and Electrical Department
William C. Knight .... lighting (as William Knight)
William Little .... video
Other crew
William Waterbury .... technical director
Series Cast
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David Winters ... Herman

Series Crew
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Produced by
Don Appell .... producer
Garry Simpson .... producer

Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Campbell Playhouse: Something for an Empty Briefcase (#2.2)" - USA (original title)

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Revealing mistakes: 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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3 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
Poor script, decent performances., 27 September 2014
Author: planktonrules from Bradenton, Florida

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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