Racket Squad: Season 2, Episode 3

The Case of the Miracle Mud (20 Sep. 1951)

TV Episode  -   -  Crime | Drama
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Jim Edwards' supposedly crippled leg heals after he begins soaking it in a mineral spring located on a run-down property that he bought for a bargain price.

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Episode cast overview:
Reed Hadley ...
Jess Barker ...
Jim Edwards
Linda Leighton ...
Mary Higgins (as Linda Johnson)
Paul Cavanagh ...
Harrington
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Harry Robinson
Alvin Hurwitz ...
Peters (as Al Hurwitz)
Harvey B. Dunn ...
1st Man - Ed (as Harvey Dunn)
Erville Alderson ...
2nd Man - Charlie
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Likable Jim Edwards moves to the suburban town of Fairview and purchases a run-down property at a bargain price through local Realtor Mary Higgins. Mary develops a fondness for Jim and he evokes sympathy from the townspeople because of his pronounced limp. However, his leg apparently heals after being repeatedly soaked in a mineral spring located on the property. When word of the "miracle" cure gets out, a bidding war for Jim's property begins between a group of local businessmen and two health resort developers from New York. Mary's life is endangered when she accidentally discovers that things are not always as they seem and that Jim and the "developers" are actually ruthless con artists who have set out to defraud the town. Written by Sam Spear

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20 September 1951 (USA)  »

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[Mary tries to warn the businessmen in the next room but the gag over her mouth muffles her cries]
Harrington: I assure you, gentlemen, that our project will have better construction than this hotel.
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Crazy Credits

"All characters, names and places in tonight's story have been changed for obvious reasons and any similarity to actual person's names,living or dead, is entirely accidental and unintentional...Our story is presented to expose the confidence game...It is never intended to reflect, in any way, upon honest and legitimate businessmen." See more »

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Edited into Mobs, Inc. (1956) See more »

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Parade of the Chessmen
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Written by Joseph Mullendore
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Good episode with one huge flaw.
22 January 2014 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

Note that if you watch this episode on the Alpha Video disc, this episode is accidentally labeled "One More Dream" and vice-versa. They're on the same disc--it's just that their titles have been mixed up.

Mr. Edwards arrives in Fairview and meets with a realtor to look for a home. Oddly, Edwards ends up picking a completely broken down dump with a swamp on the property. Considering that he has great difficulty walking, the choice seems even stranger.

As time passes, everyone seems to like Edwards and folks seem very willing to help him--probably due to his disability. One day several weeks later, the realtor comes to the property and finds Edwards soaking in a mud hole. He claims the mud has some curative powers and he can now walk much better. Soon folks in town begin talking about this so-called 'miracle mud'--and they begin using the mud as well. Soon, folks in town are chomping at the bit to buy back this now seemingly valuable property.

This isn't a bad episode for the most part, but how the realtor learns about the scam is a low point. It's just hard to imagine crooks being THAT stupid! It makes an otherwise excellent show a big disappointment.

By the way, you might not recognize Will Geer as Mr. Robinson as folks would only recognize him as an old guy (such as in "The Waltons") but here he is significantly younger. Ever wondered why you don't see many shows or movies when he was younger? It's because he was blacklisted during the McCarthy era and appearances of him at this time are pretty rare.


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