A poor prospector arouses suspicion when he suddenly begins paying off long-standing debts from a large roll of new $100 bills.



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Episode cast overview:
Billy Griffith ...
Asa McQueen (as William M. Griffith)
Elizabeth Slifer ...
Maggie Hammond (as Lizz Slifer)
Stewart Nedd ...
Brownie Osborne (as Stuart Nedd)
Morgan Jones ...
Sgt. Corey
Helene Hatch ...
Jessie Frye (as Helen Hatch)
Harvey B. Dunn ...
Charlie Webster (as Harvey Dunn)
E.L. Dunn
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Heretofore impecunious prospector Asa McQueen suddenly turns up in the town of Folkston paying off longstanding debts with new $100 bills and dropping hints about marrying his landlady. The manager of the Folkston Bank notifies the Highway Patrol after he confirms that the bills were part of $90,000 taken during a bank robbery several months earlier. Dan Mathews deduces that Asa found the money hidden on his claim. The thief, Brownie Osborne, learns that his stolen largesse has been found and he goes after the old prospector with a rifle. Dan arrives at the claim and finds that he must take a chance on getting within handgun range of the better-armed Osborne to try to save the wounded and defenseless Asa. Written by Sam Spear

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Action | Crime | Drama





Release Date:

18 June 1956 (USA)  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

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1.33 : 1
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A one-hundred dollar bill in 1956 had the same purchasing power as $789 in 2009. See more »


[first lines]
Narrator: There are many ways of striking it rich. Some do it with a prospector's pick, some with a gun. But Asa McQueen's strike on March 14th was an exception. It was an unusual discovery: paper - but a special kind of paper: large-denomination bills in United States currency.
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Another good yarn directed by the prolific Lew Landers
24 August 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

An old prospector, Asa McQueen, comes into a diner in Folkston loaded with hundred dollar bills. He pays off a bank debt and asks his landlady to marry him. After years of poverty and eking out a bare living by prospecting, he is obviously very happy to now have so very much money. There's a catch of course. The banker is suspicious and notifies the Highway Patrol who confirms that the serial numbers on the bills the prospector gave the banker are the same as bills stolen in a bank robbery. The bank robber killed a bank guard when getting away and is now staying in Folkston, his home town. The robber soon hears that old Asa is flush with money and immediately goes after him. Mathews and his deputy learn where Asa's claim is and they too head out. The robber shoots Asa and when Mathews and the deputy try to drag him to safety, the robber pins down all three of them. I especially liked the scenes at the dinner and the country side ones where the prospector had his claim. I wonder how much of that rough terrain still exists without houses or malls and parking lots. When I first saw this episode it was on a 13 inch t.v. screen (maybe even a smaller one) and this time I saw it on a 55 inch screen. The resolution was very good but it seemed so odd to see an old t.v. show on such a large screen. The old t.v.s had small screens but also had consoles and were very heavy, perhaps weighing a hundred pounds or more. Sometimes when I watch one of these old t.v. shows I'm reminded of when ours caught fire and my Mom ran over, lifted it up and carried it outside. She should not have been to do that. In an emergency she had extraordinary strength.

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