In Suspense's "Going, Going, Gone," Ozzie and Harriet star in a story about an old trunk, whose contents turn out to be intriguing...and troublesome.
This episode is supposedly based on the book Going, Going, Gone, which is one in the series of Asey Mayo Mysteries by Phoebe Atwood Taylor. Aside from the title, and the fact that they are both about an old trunk sold at an auction, the two stories have nothing in common. In the book, the old trunk contains a dead body and the mystery revolves around how that came to be.
As the episode opens, Jan and Wally are at auction when an old trunk with stains comes up for sale. The auctioneer claims that the "mysteriously sealed" trunk requires being sold unopened. Jan bids and wins it for a few dollars. But then, a man bursts into the room to bid on the trunk--and discovers that he is too late. The auction is over!
Wally isn't fooled by that old gimmick, he know that auctioneers make those kinds of plays to keep things exciting. However, after they take their new trunk home, they realize it might be more problematic than they thought...
"Going, Going, Gone" was written by Antony Ellis and was produced/directed by Elliott Lewis. Ozzie Nelson and Harriet Nelson starred. Also appearing were Junius Matthews and Joseph Kearns. This episode aired on November 23, 1950.
++Clarification about 20th century telephones: This is one of those Suspense episodes which requires an explanation of how telephones used to work. Part of this story revolves around the main character trying to use his home phone but not being able to because it is a "party line". You can read more about the "party line" (or the multiparty line, or shared service line) at Wikipedia, but essentially, it was an arrangement where neighbors shared a single phone line. So, you had to wait until the line was clear to make your call.
(Image of Ozzie and Harriet from Wikimedia)