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Open and Close in One 

Baxter Kellogg, a former star, is attempting a comeback but loses his luck charm at a party. Stu is hired to locate it but finds instead a secretive wife, a resentful nephew, an unemployed starlet plus a blackmailer who meets misfortune.

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Jeffrey Hayden

Writer:

Gloria Elmore
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Cast

Episode complete credited cast:
Efrem Zimbalist Jr. ... Stuart Bailey
Edd Byrnes ... Kookie (as Edward Byrnes)
Louis Quinn ... Pete Roscoe
Jacqueline Beer ... Suzanne Fabry
Julie Adams ... Norma Kellogg
Buddy Ebsen ... Baxter Kellogg
Joel Grey ... Joey Kellogg
Carol Ohmart ... Rochelle Adrain
Dawn Wells ... Judy Rodgers
Byron Keith ... Lt. Roy Gilmore
Wallace Rooney Wallace Rooney ... Wally Raye
Gayla Graves ... Gypsy
Keith Richards ... Allan Joyce
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Baxter Kellogg, a former star, is attempting a comeback but loses his luck charm at a party. Stu is hired to locate it but finds instead a secretive wife, a resentful nephew, an unemployed starlet plus a blackmailer who meets misfortune.

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Action | Crime | Drama

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Language:

English

Release Date:

17 March 1961 (USA) See more »

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Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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The title, "Open and Close in One," is a show business term referring to a show or act that is so bad it closes after opening night. Its use here is more sinister, implying that Kellogg might die if he goes on with his performance. See more »

Quotes

Kookie: You want a bird dog.
Stuart Bailey: That's the idea. She has a friend, Joey Kellogg. I'd like you to get acquainted with both of them.
Kookie: All right. I'll come on like man's best friend.
Stuart Bailey: You'll have to work fast.
Kookie: I always do. dad.
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Soundtracks

I've Told Ev'ry Little Star
(uncredited)
Music by Jerome Kern
Played by The Frankie Ortega Trio in background at Dino's
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My little good luck charm
16 May 2017 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Buddy Ebsen plays a former silent screen comedian who did daring stunts from heights like Harold Lloyd in his prime. He hires Bailey&Spencer for an unusual assignment to retrieve some kind of good luck talisman that he has. Not worth anything monetarily, but Ebsen has a lot of show business superstitions and he wants it back.

It was last seen at a small dinner party that Ebsen had so Efrem Zimbalist has a closed circle of suspects. A few things also get uncovered not necessarily related to the theft.

This episode gives one an opportunity to see a young Joel Grey playing Ebsen's nephew and a budding comedian in his own right.

Zimbalist's solution, so simple it's positively genius.


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