A millionaire railroad magnate leaves most of his entire fortune to his eldest son, a man who long ago turned away from the business world in favor of an eccentric bohemian lifestyle. Dr. ...
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A millionaire railroad magnate leaves most of his entire fortune to his eldest son, a man who long ago turned away from the business world in favor of an eccentric bohemian lifestyle. Dr. Bassett is called in by the man's younger brother in the hope of proving him mentally incompetent. Written by
Burgess Meredith plays Chris Norbert, and as always, does a bang up job as the nonconforming, eccentric, free spirit, author of many unfinished books, artist of many unsold paintings, drinker of warm beer with vermouth and friend to many colorful characters. He has happily survived for 40 years on a $30.00 a week allowance from his father. Owner of a 300 million dollar shipping line. Upon his fathers death, he's left 57% of the stock, much to the chagrin of Richardson, his brother. Richardson hires Dr. Bassett, to prove he is not competent enough to run the shipping line, and cares so little for money that he isn't interested in keeping the shipping line profitable. Richardson offers to buy him out but the deal hits a snag. Eventually, of course, it ends up in front of a judge played by the wonderful Henry Jones. This is a very entertaining episode. I especially enjoyed the court room scenes, and the wisdom imparted by Chris to his nephew, at the conclusion.
This episode was written by Gene L. Coon of Star Trek fame.
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