In "The Easy Victim" a man marries a woman he doesn't love in order to pay off his gambling debts.
As the episode opens, Mr. Arthur Ames is visited by a representative of his bookie, Big Tony. The man informs him that the I.O.U. for his losses at the dice tables are now due. Big Tony wants his money.
Mr. Ames explains that he doesn't have it because business has been bad, his house is mortgaged, etc. etc., etc. The representative sympathizes but states that he still must pay. Then he suggests a way for Mr. Ames to do just that--marry for money. Mr. Ames is an eligible bachelor, and if he just went about things the right way, he could marry a rich widow.
With no other options, Mr. Ames marries a rich widow. When Big Tony's rep comes around again to collect, Mr. Ames decides to bump off his new wife to get the insurance money. Will his plan work?
"The Easy Victim" was written by Harold Huber (who died a month before this episode aired) and produced/directed by Paul Roberts. Paul McGrath starred. Elspeth Eric played Ella Jason. Also appearing were Leon Janney and Robert Readick. This episode aired on October 25, 1959.
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