Kraft Suspense Theatre: Season 2, Episode 6

The Jack Is High (19 Nov. 1964)

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Just outside of Reno, Nevada, five men with diversely different backgrounds ambush an armored car truck and make away with $3,000,000 in cash. The men make their getaway to Los Angeles ... See full summary »

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Bill Colbert
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Inspector Dan Zarilla
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Prof. Raymond Shipley
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Perry Shields
Harry Bellaver ...
Fred Brennan
William Bramley ...
Roy David 'Biff' Mueller
Michael Macready ...
Det. Joe Swerbul
William Boyett ...
Highway Patrolman Caulfield
Cece Whitney ...
Tigra (as Ce Ce Whitney)
Ken Mayer ...
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Jay Douglas ...
Nugent
Indus Arthur ...
Lois Brennan
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Ruby
Joe Finnigan ...
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Owen Bush ...
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Just outside of Reno, Nevada, five men with diversely different backgrounds ambush an armored car truck and make away with $3,000,000 in cash. The men make their getaway to Los Angeles using a gas tanker truck in which the money and three of the men are hidden inside. The trip is full of uncertainty as they fight amongst themselves while, unknown to them, a veteran police inspector is cleverly piecing clues together. Written by dubchi

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During rehearsal for the armored-truck robbery scene, a jeep carrying a camera crane was driving up a hill ahead of the truck when the jeep's brakes failed. It started rolling back down the hill, slammed into something at the bottom of the hill and the driver was thrown out of the vehicle. He died in the hospital a few days later. See more »

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Big things were expected
22 November 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is one of those TV episodes that was meant to launch careers. Big things were expected after this one. This episode is about a motley group of robbers, five men with nothing in common, who come together for a once in a lifetime play.

And they were, for a while, but actors need more than great talent and great films. They also need great luck. While this was a major show, known to most kids on the street, and most people you would work with, for many years, it got shuffled back behind the many other "serious endeavors".

Henry Jones was the key actor as the professor. Like a tragic Shakespearean protagonist, we watch him with great interest. Larry Storch was to take over Vegas as the greatest impersonator in the business. All five actors who played the band of misfit robbers expected this show to make their careers inevitable successes.

And it should have. It was a dramatic show, and full of animation, if not action. We were rarely given "dull" settings. Most of it was on a desert road.

What probably hurt them in the long run is that they didn't try to get a good take on Storch doing his impressions. Larry Storch could do impressions very well, but the director obviously meant to show him trying to do it in an agitated state, and the impressions were not the vintage "Storch impressions." That was the fatal mistake here.

Purists would disagree, saying that "reality" of the situation called for Storch's amateur character to fumble around in a stressful attempt to stop a cop from searching his truck. However, I think it's what ultimately put this great episode onto the back burner, and what put Storch on a back burner to Little.

While they all did great acting jobs, it probably would have been better to let Storch do what he headlined to do.

Still, if you get a chance, watch this. It will come back into popularity some day. It has classic potential.


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