Sanford and Son (1972–1977)
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The Suitcase Case 

Lamont's daily haul of junk includes a tattered briefcase stuffed with stolen cash. Will Fred and Lamont decide whether to keep it or turn it over to the police before the crook it belongs to comes looking for it?



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Gunman (as Gabe Dell)
Noam Pitlik ...
Officer 'Swanny' Swanhauser
Officer 'Smitty' Smith


On his daily rounds, Lamont picks up a leather satchel in an alley and doesn't realize until he gets it home that it contains $50,000. He and Fred first dream about what to do with the money then begin to panic when they fear that someone might come looking for it. To keep it secure, Fred hides the satchel in the house safe and accidentally locks the combination inside, which proves to be a problem when the man who stole the money comes looking for it and holds Fred and Lamont at gunpoint demanding it back. Written by Jerry Roberts

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31 March 1972 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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When Fred opens the door for Swanny and Smitty and is trying to alert them that the thief is behind the door, they should've seen Lamont was tied up at the table. See more »


Fred G. Sanford: [after Lamont tells him to look at the strange car parked outside] What's strange about it?
Lamont Sanford: Well, it's been parked in this neighborhood for over five minutes and it's still got tires.
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Gabe Dell as the gunman

"The Suitcase Case" opens with Fred questioning his son's taste in junk, since nothing he brings home seems to have any value: "what do you mean, how long have I been with you, since I was born!" "has it been that long?" Fred tries to teach his son a lesson by opening a beat up leather satchel, only to find a fortune in $100s, $50s, and $20s. Lamont figures that it was a bank robbery, crook A leaving the goods for crook B, who couldn't get there before he did: "I don't care if C, D and E are lookin' for Y-O-U, I'm not gonna give up this M-O-N-E-Y!" A discussion ensues as to keep the money or turn it in, inadvertently locked in a safe before the gun wielding perpetrator shows up, played by former Dead End Kid/Bowery Boy Gabe Dell (later seen in "The Big Party"). Officers Swanny (Noam Pitlik, fourth of six) and Smitty come to the rescue, following a few anxious moments.

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