In "The Gift of Jumbo Brannigan," William Bendix stars as a career criminal who learns that his son is a chip off the old block.
As the episode opens, Jumbo and his pals are drilling into a safe, on a break-in that seems to be going smoothly. Then, suddenly, he trips an alarm. Jumbo's mind whirls, and he thinks back to how it all started three weeks earlier when he was released from prison...
When he was paroled, the warden informed Jumbo that the prison officials had made arrangements for him to live with his estranged fourteen year old son. During the time that Jumbo was in prison, his son was a ward of the state, but now they wanted to give them a chance to be a family. To that end, they had arranged an apartment and a job to help them get started.
Jumbo humbly agreed to their plan, but had no real intention of following through. However, when he stepped outside the prison, his son was waiting for him.
As Jumbo became acquainted with his son, the resemblance between the two of them quickly became obvious...
"The Gift of Jumbo Brannigan" was written by John Michael Hayes and Jack Neuman. William Bendix stars with Tommy Bernard Also appearing were Jay Novello, Ed Max, Joseph Kearns, Herb Butterfield, Charles Calvert, Leo Cleary, and Junius Matthews. This episode aired on March 1, 1951.
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