A paroled safe cracker is hired by a safe company to try and break open one of their safes publicly, and get the 50,000 dollar reward inside.



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Episode cast overview:
... Himself - Host
... Sammy Morrisey
... Harrison Fell
... Wilton Stark
... Mr. Bliss
Howard McLeod ... Grady
Josie Lloyd ... Dorothy


Harrison Fell is an advertising executive who comes with a brilliant publicity stunt for one of the company's major clients, a safe manufacturer that claims to have created a burglar-proof safe. He asks Sammy Morrisey, once billed as the world's greatest safe cracker, to try to break into the safe. Morrisey isn't keen on the idea as he now has a new profession and has tried to put those days behind him. As an incentive, Morrisey is told that an envelope with $50,000 will be put in the safe and if he can break in, he gets to keep the money. Morrisey accepts the offer, with surprising results for all. Written by garykmcd

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27 February 1962 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Some viewers may recognize safecracker character Mr Morrissey played by Paul Hartman as recurring character Emmett Clark, the owner of Emmett's Fix-It Shop, on The Andy Griffith Show. See more »


While Mr. Fell is listing the tools that are available. One of the things he listed was "acetylene gas containers". But as Mr. Morrisey restates each tool instead of gas containers. Mr. Morrisey says "gas chamber". See more »

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Pretty simple, but well done
7 May 2018 | by See all my reviews

Pretty obvious twist at the end, but I still enjoyed it. The acting and obfuscation at the beginning was well done. I would have liked a little more on what happened to the ad exec with regards to the safe company at the ending, but I can guess. Don't read the rest of this review unless you want to read spoilers.

SPOILER: Sammy alludes to the fact several times he is in a new business now, but we never find out what business it is until the end of the episode.

When he stumbles into the guard putting the $50,000 into the safe it becomes quite clear what business he is now in. This begs the question, does he fake some of his efforts to open the safe? Because opening the safe would have given everything away!

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