In "Want Ad," a thief, who makes his living through the classified ads, discovers that he isn't as clever as he thinks. This is an episode that is supposedly based on true crime.
So, he pulls out the want ads and peruses the day's offerings. He quickly notices a fur coat that is being sold by a private owner and makes a call. In this case, the fur coat is being sold by a woman, and he then assumes that it will be easy to steal it from her.
Mr. Vernon heads off to the home of the seller, Mrs. Phelps, and runs through the routine of pretending to buy a coat. Everything happens just the way he planned... until Mr. Phelps arrives home unexpectedly. Then, the robbery takes a violent turn. Afterwards, Mr. Vernon is stuck with a fur coat he can't get rid of and murder charge that he has to run from.
"Want Ad" was written by E. Jack Neuman and produced/directed by Elliott Lewis. Robert Cummings starred. Also appearing were Mary Jane Croft, Charles Calvert, Virginia Gregg, Larry Thor, and Paula Winslowe. This episode aired on January 25, 1954.
This story was presented a second time on July 10, 1956. Stacy Harris starred. Antony Ellis produced and directed. Also appearing were Mary Jane Croft, Paula Winslowe, Joseph Kearns, Virginia Gregg, Jack Moyles, and Lou Krugman.
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