Racket Squad (1950–1953)

The Case of the Perpetual Pellet 

A charming stranger acquaints himself with a wealthy family. After a while he reveals to them that instead of gas his car is running on a mixture of water and a special pellet. As this is ... See full summary »

Director:

James Tinling

Writer:

Robert C. Dennis (teleplay)
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Cast

Episode cast overview:
Reed Hadley ... Capt. John Braddock
June Vincent ... Marian Paulsen
James Craven ... Ralph P. Cahill
Stanley Andrews ... Howard Paulsen
James Anderson ... Don Stephens
Bernard Szold Bernard Szold ... Professor Carl Zelinka
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A charming stranger acquaints himself with a wealthy family. After a while he reveals to them that instead of gas his car is running on a mixture of water and a special pellet. As this is much cheaper than gas, the oil companies threatened him, he says, when he tried to put this new product on the market. The wealthy family get excited by the prospect of gaining big profits from producing and selling the miraculous pellet. They give him all their money to secure the rights for it. Written by Maths Jesperson {maths.jesperson@bredband.net}

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Genres:

Crime | Drama

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Language:

English

Release Date:

30 August 1951 (USA) See more »

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Showcase Productions See more »
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Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Billionaire Idea
21 August 2017 | by dougdoepkeSee all my reviews

Boy! I'd sure fall for this scam at the drop of a hat, or should I say the drop of a pellet. Yup, Ralph's got a little white pellet that turns water into gasoline. That's the stuff of billionaire dreams. So when Marian's car runs out of gas, no problem. Just add water and drop pellet and it's off they go. It's a swindle, of course, and I really didn't understand how the scammers rigged the gas tank to make it work. But no matter, the scam works. So the three good friends are ready to invest everything for the formula. It's supposedly tied up legally, but the statute of limitations has run out. So the way is clear. Except that Marian's got suspicions, and guess who she goes to with her doubts.

The half-hour's well acted. Trouble is I had difficulty viewing veteran villain James Anderson as a naïve good guy, all cleaned up and smiling. Hope he got a good payday. It's also a tight budget entry—note how the guys tee-off against a bad golf course backdrop. Oh well, the story's the thing and this is a good one, so never mind.


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