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Something for an Empty Briefcase 

Joe wants a different future than one as a petty hoodlum and when he attempts to rob an aspiring dancer Noli, he glimpses the possibilities. He imagines purchasing a briefcase as a start but his crime partner is reluctant to let him go.

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Don Medford

Writer:

S. Lee Pogostin (television play)
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Episode cast overview:
Susan Douglas Rubes ... Noli (as Susan Douglas)
James Dean ... Joe Adams
Don Hanmer ... Mickey
Robert Middleton ... Sloane
Frank Maxwell ... Lou
Peter Gumeny Peter Gumeny ... The Policeman (as Pete Gumeny)
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Joe wants a different future than one as a petty hoodlum and when he attempts to rob an aspiring dancer Noli, he glimpses the possibilities. He imagines purchasing a briefcase as a start but his crime partner is reluctant to let him go.

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After Sloane roughs up Joe and leaves, Joe stumbles against the sink. It almost falls to the floor, revealing that it's only a prop. See more »

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The Marriage of Figaro (Overture) (K. 492)
(uncredited)
Composed by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
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Poor script, decent performances.
27 September 2014 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

James Dean stars as Joe, a small-time criminal who just got out of jail yet again. He is feeling conflicted however--he only knows petty crime but wants more in life. Heck, he wants to be somebody--the type guy who walks to work carrying a briefcase. But, instead of going to work, he decides to pull one last robbery. He tries to mug a young lady, Noli (Susan Douglas) but something odd happens (something that just seemed impossibly improbable)--police come along as he's attempting to rob her AND YET SHE DOES NOT TELL THE POLICE ABOUT THIS. Instead, she protects him and afterwards they begin a romance. Improbable? You betcha! What's next? Give it a look if you'd like at archive.org.

The plot is a bit dopey and difficult to believe. But, for James Dean fans there is plenty here to like--with LOTS of brooding and angst--the sort of stuff that made him famous. All others might do better to look elsewhere. And, if you want a similar sort of plot but done better, try another TV show of the day, "Studio 7--Time of Day" starring Charles Bronson and Peggy Ann Garner.


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17 July 1953 (USA) See more »

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