A genial hobo finds the show's script that Rob lost en route home, but Rob's extended description of its irreplaceable value gives the man the idea to hold it for ransom.


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Episode cast overview:
Ritchie Petrie (credit only)
Gene Baylos ...
Main Hobo
Harry Keen
Jimmy Cross ...
Hobo #3
Tiny Brauer ...
Hobo #2
Sheila Rogers ...
Warren's Mother
Cop (as Larry Blake)
Brian Nash ...


Rob returns from work in the wee hours only to discover he has left this week's Alan Brady Show script at Grand Central Station. An unsuccessful visit with the lost and found attendant Harry Keene (brilliantly portrayed by the always scene stealing Herbie Faye) forces Rob to face the music with his colleagues. The writing staff then receive a fateful phone call from a vagrant at Grand Central who found the document and used it as a pillow. However, after Rob's thankful embellishment on the phone, the bum now demands $2500 ransom for the vital script. Of course he settles for a lesser payment, yet now requests a 'drop' be made at a nearby park. Disgusted and anxious, Rob attends the drop point only to get drawn into a series of misadventures involving two other vagrants, a policeman, and a spoiled kid and mother on an outing. Hauled away to the police station for assaulting the wrong bum, Rob has failed to obtain the script. With hope lost and the show in jeopardy, the bum surprisingly... Written by Paul De Bellis

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Comedy | Family





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6 January 1965 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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The title is based upon the Depression Era song "Brother, Can You Spare a Dime," with lyrics by 'Yip Harburg' and music by Jay Gorney (1931). See more »


Buddy Sorrell: [as Mel enters] Hey, speaking of nothing, look who's here.
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