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It's the Principle of the Thing 

Mr. Popkin doesn't have the money to pay for his son's expensive treatment and he won't allow Alex to do it for free. Donna figures she can hire him for household chores instead.

Director:

Oscar Rudolph

Writers:

Jerry Davis, Alfred Lewis Levitt (as Tom August) | 1 more credit »
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Episode cast overview:
Donna Reed ... Donna Stone
Carl Betz ... Dr. Alex Stone
Shelley Fabares ... Mary Stone
Paul Petersen ... Jeff Stone
Robert Crawford Jr. Robert Crawford Jr. ... Joey (as Bobby Crawford)
David McMahon ... Cop
Richard Deacon ... Mr. Johnson
Hans Conried ... Mr. Popkin
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Mr. Popkin doesn't have the money to pay for his son's expensive treatment and he won't allow Alex to do it for free. Donna figures she can hire him for household chores instead.

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Genres:

Comedy | Family

Certificate:

TV-G
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Language:

English

Release Date:

21 January 1959 (USA) See more »

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Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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The Silent Treatment
18 April 2009 | by wes-connorsSee all my reviews

Hans Conried (as Popkin) arrives, with his ailing son. But, Mr. Conried can't afford the $100 treatments Alex (Carl Betz) recommends. And, he won't take charity, calling it, "The most insidious obligation of all." In order to help the poor man out, Donna (Donna Reed) hires him as a part-time handyman, with disastrous results. However, Donna thinks Conried has a talent for making toys, and tries to get them displayed in Richard Deacon's toy store. Peddler Jeff (Paul Peterson) and shill Mary (Shelley Fabares) try to sell Conried's toy rabbits, but get in trouble with the law…

A good cast, in an ordinary episode. Robert "Bobby" Crawford looks like brother Johnny ("The Rifleman") Crawford. Conried and Donna should have gotten treatment, for electrocution and inhalation.

*** It's the Principle of the Thing (1/21/59) Oscar Rudolph ~ Hans Conried, Donna Reed, Paul Peterson


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