In "Six Feet Under," a crabby carnival performer is convinced that his wife is in love with another man.
Jack works in a side-show at the carnival. His job is to lie in a coffin six feet underground so that patrons can view him through a glass window--ten straight hours a day with no food, water, exercise, or conversation. As the episode opens, he describes the hum-drum routine of being buried alive everyday.
Jack's job also makes him cranky, rude, paranoid... and particularly suspicious of Cliff, the barker. He is convinced that Cliff has joined the carnival because he wants to steal Miriam, Jack's wife. Cliff doesn't deny that he loves Miriam, but he tells Jack the reason that he joined the carnival was because of his bad heart. He only has a year to live.
Jack loves Miriam, but he is concerned that she does have feelings for Cliff. Does she? When Jack overhears Miriam and Cliff making secret plans, he convinces himself that he has been betrayed! Has he?
"Six Feet Under" was written by Joel Murcott. William Spier produced and Norman MacDonnell directed. Dan Dailey starred. Also appearing were Hy Averback, Barbara Eiler, John McIntire, Joseph Kearns, and Jeannette Nolan. This episode aired on April 13, 1950.
(Image of Dan Dailey from Wikipedia)