In "Double Entry," two co-workers learn the value of friendship when the account books come up short.
As the episode opens, Eddie extolls the virtues of bookeeping and how keeping accounts has always fascinated him. But, he admits that in the sheltered world of the office, there are limitations to what a person can risk or achieve personally.
That changed when his coworker, Sam, admitted to Eddie that the new auditors would soon discover that he had been fixing the books...for the last nine years. Sam is a mess, and Eddie feels terrible about his situation.
When Sam goes into the boss's office to face the auditors, Eddie takes a chance on a longshot to help his friend.
Will it work?
"Double Entry" was written by Robert Minton and produced/directed by William Spier. Keenan Wynn and Hume Cronyn starred. Also appearing were Wally Maher and Jerry Hausner. This episode aired on December 20, 1945.
This story was broadcast a second time on December 29, 1949, with Eddie Cantor and Sidney Miller in the lead roles. In this version, the story was changed to make it more of a holiday tale, but the story and the humor doesn't seem as crisp. Announcer Paul Frees introduces this episode as "an unusual story of clerical crime at Christmas time."
This story also appeared as an episode of the Suspense television show on February 13, 1951.