A once wealthy family is now penniless. To "keep up appearances" and somewhat live as they became accustomed to,they invent a rather novel solution. They rob their friends,pawn the items, ... See full summary »

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Irma Mahoney
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Aubrey Hacker
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Bernice Hacker
William Hinnant ...
Willis Hacker (as Bill Hinnant)
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Constance Hacker
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John Thor
Erik Rhodes ...
Gardell
Peter Turgeon ...
Thomas Yale
Joe Silver ...
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Monroe Arnold ...
Customer's Man
Chuck Bruce ...
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A once wealthy family is now penniless. To "keep up appearances" and somewhat live as they became accustomed to,they invent a rather novel solution. They rob their friends,pawn the items, use the cash to buy and sell stocks (that their unerring housekeeper selects), redeem the stolen items and return them to their owners. Written by dubchi

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A different definition of right and wrong?
14 October 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

There are a handful of episodes from Naked City's second season that get a perfect IMDb score from me, and this is one of them. It's a well-written and well-played blend of drama and black comedy. It probably wouldn't work so well if not for the comic timing of Mildred Natwick. In the story, she plays housekeeper to a prominent family and decides that in order for her employers to continue enjoying the good life to which they are accustomed, she must resort to various jewel robberies. The unusual plot reaches a turning point when she's eventually apprehended and taken downtown. In an uproarious scene at the precinct, it seems as if she may not be held accountable for her crimes after all. I think what I love most about this episode is not how a criminal is brought to justice, but how someone can experience justice as something that is unreasonable in the face of absurdity. Apparently, some people live in a world where right and wrong seem just as silly as they are.


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