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Rate Episode 13 - The Cheney Vase
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Episode: 13 - The Cheney Vase



Original Air Date: December 25, 1955
Starring: Carolyn Jones, Darren McGavin, Patricia Collinge, George Macready, Ruta Lee, Kathryn Card
Writer: Robert Blees
Director: Robert Stevens

Martha Cheney is an elderly invalid matron with one sole preoccupation, to protect her priceless heirloom vase. Enter Mr. Lyle Endicott, a museum curator ... make that ex-museum curator with a steak of larceny about him. Like Martha, he too wants to see to the safe keeping of that vase.


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Easy 9 for me. Darren McGavin is great again. Cool to see Ruta Lee in a small role here. One of my favorites of the season.

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Well, I see I'm in good company. I enjoyed the pay off in this episode quite a bit. Nice bit of acting by McGavin, Collinge and Carolyn Jones. Plus, how often do you get to see a young Ruta Lee in a maids outfit? ;)

This was Patricia Collinge 1st of 4 episodes she would do on AHP before doing 2 AHH. Alas, this was the 2nd and last appearance by Darren McGavin and Ruta Lee. This was Carolyn's only appearance.

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Anyone know how this one wound up in the public domain?


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Anyone know how this one wound up in the public domain?


The best of my knowledge - AHP is not in PD. Hulu - Owned or Sponsored by NBC/Universal and other studios - have released them for streaming video to attract attention to their DVDs.


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Anyone know how this one wound up in the public domain?


The best of my knowledge - AHP is not in PD. Hulu - Owned or Sponsored by NBC/Universal and other studios - have released them for streaming video to attract attention to their DVDs.


Hulu was founded in March 2007 by NBC Universal and News Corp and is operated independently by a dedicated management team with offices in Los Angeles, New York, and Beijing. Hulu closed a $100 million investment from private equity firm Providence Equity Partners in October 2007. Hulu brings together a large selection of videos from more than 90 content providers, including FOX, NBC Universal, MGM, Sony Pictures Television, Warner Bros. and more.


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"The Cheney Vase" and the unaired episode "The Sorcerer's Apprentice" are both in the public domain and are the only ones from AHP that are. Both of these can be found on several cheaply made dvd box sets that feature many other PD episodes from other series. The programs on these box sets may vary but the episodes are usually the same. Mill Creek has put out a few including one with 50 episodes of One Step Beyond that are also PD. This 4-disc set can probably still be found in the Wal-Mart bargain bin for $5. The AHP episodes in question probably slipped through the cracks when it came time to renew the copyrights just as it did for OSB and the 16 3rd season episodes from The Andy Griffith Show.


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A good chunk of Dick Van Dyke Season 2 is as well.

Hard to say why somethings end up in PD where others don't. Copyright issues, actors, music - hard to say.

According to the Hitchcock Wiki - between 97 and 98, some prints fell through the cracks, but were later reclaimed, By the Hitch Estate, Studios, etc. I'm gonna "guess" that these are from that time range - much like Jamaica Inn and The Man Who Knew To Much. A lot of the British Films were effected by this lapse more so then the Universal years. However, most PD prints are generally in bad shape and often missing several minutes due to syndication cuts or damage, what have you.


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This gets a 9. The twist is great and the whole story is strong without a single wasted line. Great stuff!

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Darren McGavin plays a underhanded scoundrel to perfection in this. It's engaging enough and has a good and surprising ending.

My Rating: 7 - Very Good

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I saw it last night, for maybe the first time (it being in Public Domain caused it to end up being on one of those Mill Creek movie collections, oddly enough).
The ending is pretty great. Everyone has seen endings where the victim kills the villain or gets him arrested or whatever. This one has the victim "foiling" the villain, period, and yet it's just as "gratifying." Especially that smile on Patricia Collinge's face.


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