In "Community Propery," Kirk Douglas stars as a husband who doesn't want to share his inheritance with his wife.
George and Lois Mason don't get along anymore. At the breakfast table, they can't say one civil word to each other. Lois wants a divorce, but she doesn't think that George will pay for the lawyers and her alimony. George tells her not to worry, he will gladly pay the expenses. (He thinks the only reason she has stayed with him is because of the money he may inherit from his uncle.)
So, finally, they agree to divorce.
As it turns out, George has been trying to get her to leave him for over a year. Under the community property laws of California, she might be able to claim half of everything that he has now...or may receive later.
That same day, when Uncle Burt suddenly dies, George realizes that a divorce isn't going to solve his problems. Lois can still claim half! So, he decides that the only option is to get Lois out of the way altogether. How smart is that?
"Community Property" was written by Robert L. Richards from a story by Arthur Julian and Howard Leeds. William Spier produced and directed. Kirk Douglas starred. Also appearing were Cathy Lewis, Paul Frees, Joseph Kearns, and Howard McNear. This episode aired on April 10, 1947.
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