Schlitz Playhouse: Season 3, Episode 45

Rabbit Foot (9 Jul. 1954)
"Schlitz Playhouse of Stars" Rabbit Foot (original title)

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Harry Shannon ...
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Not a bad idea but it telegraphs the ending way, way too soon.
28 September 2014 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

"Rabbit's Foot" is a highly unusual story about a crook who not only has stolen a lot of money, but he's killed at least one cop in the process. What's more unusual about this is that the crook used to be a professional baseball player--and about the most superstitious one in history!

The show begins in some swamp in the southeast United States. The crook is being pursued by a cop into this awful place where alligators and quicksand are everywhere. After some shooting, the scene switches--and a dirty and bedraggled man comes into town and enters the police station. He identifies himself as a police lieutenant who has been chasing the robber and provides i.d. showing he is a cop. However, and here is the BIG problem I have with the show, early on there are way too many clues to the fact that he killed the cop and stole the identification and is, in fact, the criminal. Eventually one of the real cops starts to realize it and it takes a long time until all this is sorted out in the finale.

Had the film created more tension and surprise as to the lieutenant's real identity, the film would have been so much better. As it is, it's mildly interesting and not a lot more.


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