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CBSRMT Episode Information
Title:
The Big Ten-Cent Hustle
Plot:
An autobiographical sketch narrated by a minty new Mercury dime.
Episode:
0757
Air Dates:
First Run - December 21, 1977
Repeat - May 24, 1978
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2 Responses to Episode 0757


Not creepy but amusing tale of the life of a unique dime. Kinda like a precursor to the Where's George? phenomena...you have to wonder how many hands and lives have touched the pocket change you carry everyday.

This reminds me of an episode of the old Karl Malden/Michael Douglas detective show "The streets of San Francisco." Except it's different. Actually, that episode ("The twenty-five caliber plague") was an anti-gun diatribe (IMO) that followed a .25 caliber handgun as it was stolen, abandoned, bought, etc. by a series of people who committed crimes and killed people with it, always abandoning or losing it to go into the hands of some other perp. The camera followed the action and dialogue with little if any narration. In this RMT story, however, we follow the path of a 1934-minted dime. The story is told by the fey-voiced dime itself, voiced by the late, talented Earl Hammond. This dime had the blessing, if one can call it that, to be double-stamped and thus become a rare collector's item. We follow it as it's put in the property of an unknowing rich man who hands out dimes to needy families on a street corner, to the man who receives it, a trucking firm owner who's about to go bankrupt, to a con-artist panhandler who begs for (and receives) the bankrupt man's last dime, to the would-be numismatist with whom he bargains for a sizeable payment in exchange for the rare coin, later in the presence of the wife of the trucking company owner (her husband had shown her the double stamp earlier thinking it made the coin worthless) who is astounded that her husband gave a small fortune away unwittingly and wants it to get it back by any means necessary....

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