Suspense's "The Big Heist" is supposedly based on fact, but they don't tell us which fact. This story about liars may not make complete sense, but the performances are entertaining.
Jim Scott is a hustler and a liar with a knack for sounding believable. He is new in town and making enough money at the pool tables to get by, but soon he meets Martin Collins. Jim thought he had Martin picked for a sucker, but it turns out that Martin is a better hustler than he is.
Martin likes the way that Jim talks and introduces him to John Barry, a notable bank robber. The two of them need a third man for a big heist. Jim doesn't want to go to jail, but they assure him that everything will go smoothly. All Jim has to do is keep the security guard in front of the bank busy, and the rest will be easy. So Jim agrees to take part in the heist, but when the time comes, he doesn't exactly follow their plan.
"The Big Heist" was written by E. Jack Neuman and produced/directed by Elliott Lewis. John Hodiak, in the fourth of his seven appearances on Suspense, starred. Herb Butterfield played John Barry and Joseph Kearns played Martin Collins. Also appearing were Ted Bliss, Charles Calvert, Bert Holland, and Junius Matthews. This episode aired on December 1, 1952.
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