Kraft Suspense Theatre (1963–1965)
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Charlie, He Couldn't Kill a Fly 

An alcoholic, loudmouth, unemployed man on the verge of losing his wife and son is arrested for murder. He actually is a witness to who committed the crime but no one except a family friend... See full summary »


Bernard Girard


Irv Pearlberg (as Irving Pearlberg)


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Keenan Wynn ... Charlie Kling
Beverly Garland ... JoAnne Kling
Richard Kiley ... Lou Franklin
Michael Burns ... Frankie Kling
Berkeley Harris Berkeley Harris ... Pete Francis
Myron Healey ... Lt. Bill Thaler
Joan Staley ... Beth / prostitute addict
Noam Pitlik Noam Pitlik ... Benny Galati
Walter Brooke ... Spinner / addict in bar
Roy Glenn ... Piano Player
Darryl Richard Darryl Richard ... Ralph
Elaine Earl Elaine Earl ... Nan
Frank Evans ... Joe
Joseph Mell Joseph Mell ... Harry
Tony Franke Tony Franke ... Jonesy


An alcoholic, loudmouth, unemployed man on the verge of losing his wife and son is arrested for murder. He actually is a witness to who committed the crime but no one except a family friend believes him to be innocent. He becomes a hero to his neighbors as the murdered man was a drug dealer and begins to revel in the glory. When his friend finds the real killer it may be too late as the "hero" is now fully prepared to go to prison. Written by dubchi

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Crime | Drama | Mystery







Release Date:

7 May 1964 (USA) See more »

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Roncom Films See more »
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Color (Pathé)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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An odd situation where a man would rather be found guilty of a murder he didn't commit than to be seen like he really is....a sad and rather pathetic drunk.
14 October 2015 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

Charlie Kling (Keenan Wynn) is a pathetic drunk. He isn't much of a man and realizes that folks have no respect for him. In the opening scene, someone in a poolhall calls him on it....and Charlie crawls off to do what he usually drink himself into oblivion and forget who he is.

Later that evening, he witnesses a murder and he's found drunk in the room by the police. Naturally the cops think he murdered the man. After all, the guy was a low-life drug dealer who had been approaching Charlie's son. Eventually, Charlie decides to admit to the murder he didn't commit in order to reclaim, in an odd way, his masculinity. The bottom line is that he'd rather go to prison than get off for the crime and remain a 'nothing'!

While Charlie's wife (Beverly Garland) is ready to leave him, she rallies by his side and begins to have second thoughts. Interestingly, his neighbors love him and see him as a hero! His son also, for the first time, has respect for his father. Can Charlie's lawyer (Richard Kiley) get to the truth?

This is a really neat episode of "Kraft Suspense Theatre"--a great character study that's filled with excellent dialog and some nice twists. Well worth seeing.

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