Herbie Catcher is a small-time nobody who really wants to improve his status in life. He tries to impress those around him, but without success. He's even tried to feed information to Eliot... See full summary »

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Sally Gracie ...
Mae Denby
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Max Zenner
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Herbie Catcher
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Martin Rawlings
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Bunny Colton
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Herbie Catcher is a small-time nobody who really wants to improve his status in life. He tries to impress those around him, but without success. He's even tried to feed information to Eliot Ness hoping for praise, but he really has nothing to offer. He's a busboy at a posh restaurant run by Max Zenner and he's not very good at it. On the verge of being fired, he claims to have a recently killed employee's book naming names and other activities that have gone on at the restaurant., especially having to do with mobster Martin Rawlings. His demands aren't that great: he wants to be named the Captain of the waiters but eventually greed takes hold and he forces Rawlings to make him a partner. Throughout, Eliot Ness warns Catcher that he's playing a dangerous game and getting involved with hoods can only lead to jail or death. Written by garykmcd

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23 October 1962 (USA)  »

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Gilbert Green was not credited as a guest star, even though he has more lines and screen time than guest stars Albert Paulsen and Sally Gracie. See more »

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A small-time shmoe who THINKS he is somebody...
23 March 2016 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

Herbie Catcher (Frank Gorshin) is a small-timer...a nobody who has visions of being someone. First, he tries to sell Ness a lot of useless information because he hopes this will get him some respect...but his information is useless. Second, he actually witnesses an accident and helps his boss (Albert Paulsen) out with the police...in order to be somebody. So he decides to do something really crazy...to use blackmail and a little book to get his boss to make him a REALLY big man. And even after his boss meets an untimely end, he leverages the information in this book to keep him a very big man. But chances are he's out of his league and getting in deeper with his mobster boss is gonna crush him sooner or later.

This is a very good and unusual episode of the series. I particularly liked the ending...it really brought everything together perfectly! Well worth seeing and Gorshin was quite nice as Herbie.


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