In "Early to Death," Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz star as murderous thieves hoping to recover a hidden fortune. The sound quality of this episode is poor, but it is the best available. If you love Lucy and Desi, a little static won't prevent you from enjoying the story.
As the episode opens, Ben and Evie are in a plane over the mountains of Vera Cruz as they begin the execution of their plan. Ben sends out a distress call of engine trouble, and the two then parachute out of the plane with a box of stolen payroll money.
Ben and Evie land safely, while the plane crashes. They bury the money in the mountains and then, days later, wander into the nearest town. When questioned by the police, Ben and Evie have all of their answers ready.
Their plan is to wait it out until it is safe to go back, but then they meet Rico. He claims to have seen them before...when they were parachuting out of the plane and landing safely with a box. Now, he wants his share of the money...
"Early to Death" was written by John Michael Hayes and E. Jack Neuman. Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz starred. Also appearing were Tony Barrett, Tom Holland, Joseph Kearns, and Jack Kruschen. This episode aired on April 12, 1951.