Kraft Suspense Theatre: Season 2, Episode 27

Twixt the Cup and the Lip (3 Jun. 1965)

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Episode cast overview:
Larry Blyden ...
Lester Pennell
Joan Blackman ...
Lucille Burnside
Clara Lovelace
Nick Stacy
Jean Hale ...
Lambie Lovelace
Mr. Orbin
Lee Patterson ...
Sgt. Joe Davidson
Lane Bradford ...
Sgt. Kubek
John Harmon ...
William Tannen ...
Herb Barnett ...
Ken Lowry ...
The Policeman


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3 June 1965 (USA)  »

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It pays to be honest...Don't it?
14 February 2012 | by (Brooklyn NY USA) – See all my reviews

***SPOILERS*** At his job as an assessor of antiques at the Aburn Galleries Lester Pennell, Larry Blyden, always tries to give an honest price or assessment on what the antiques are worth to the costumers there. It's when Lester told the press that a silver and diamond studded scepter that once belonged to Louie the 14th was highly overvalued at 2 million dollars his outraged boss Mr. Orbin, John Hoyt, gave him his walking papers with a two week notice.

Lester is told by everyone he knows including his fiancée Lucy Bernside, Joan Blackman, that he doesn't have any drive or ambition to get ahead. And that he'll end up as a doormat for everyone to step on if he doesn't change his ways. With nothing to lose and feeling sorry for himself Lester soon concocts this plan to steal the silver and diamond studded scepter right out of the Aburn Galleries to show everyone that he in fact got what it takes to be a success. That not just for the money it's worth but to get back at Mr. Orbin and everyone else who've been treating him like horse manure on and off his job.

Getting ex-cop Nick Stacy, Charles McGraw, as well as former actress Clara, played Ethel Merman in a non singing part, and her daughter Jane, Hale Lambie, to go along with him to steal the scepter out of the gallery things go like clockwork as the big day or night is about to arrive. Unknown to Lester and Clara & Jane ex-cop Stacy is planning to keep the scepter all for himself with the help of his fence Pogo, John Harman, after he gets his hands on it. This Instead of splitting the money that it's worth with Lester and both Clara & Jane!

***SPOILERS*** It's just before the heist is to take place that Lester gets a change of heart and decides to abort the entire plan. Something that proved that not only does Lester have initiative but is honest at the same time. Which without Lester's knowledge lead both Stacy & Pogo, who planned to screw him and Clara & Jane, end up out in the cold and behind bars instead of them getting what money the scepter would provide them with. It also proved to Mr. Orlin as well as Lucy that Lester is not the helpless person that they thought he was. Which in the end had Lester not only get his job back but with a large bonus as well from a grateful Mr. Orbin. As well as having Lucy finally feeling proud of Lester in him not letting himself get kicked around anymore. That in them, Mr. Orbin & Lucy, not knowing that it was Lester himself who planned the robbery at the Aburn galleries in the first place! But it was his honesty that shined trough and in the end stopped him from pulling it off!

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