Way Out (1961)

The Croaker

Season 1, Ep 6, Aired 5/12/61
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  • Episode Description
  • Mr. Rana (latin for "Frog") is a strange man who has moved into the neighborhood. He gets pestered by a rascally kid named Jeremy Keeler (think: "Dennis the Menace") who does stuff like letting pet dogs loose, so he can get a reward from their owners for their return. Mr. Rana raises frogs, and offers Jeremy 25 cents per jar with flies, so he can feed the frogs; Jeremy balks at first, but after Mr. Rana tells him how much mischievous fun he will have knocking over peoples' garbage cans to collect the flies, Jeremy accepts. Jeremy, meanwhile, sends Mr. Tench over to Rana's house to get his dog back. Mr. Rana slips him a potion that turns Tench into a frog. Next day, Mrs. Tench is filing a missing person's report. Sergeant McGoogin reads his notes, "Hair color: yellow. Eyes narrow and close together. Weak chin; drools." He asks, "Is that your dog or your husband?" Mrs. Tench quips, "Both." Later, a large frog chases Mrs. Tench over to Mr. Rana's place; he slips her a potion, and turns her into a frog, too. Mr. Rana loves frogs, but hates snakes (because they eat frogs). Later Jeremy (as if he weren't annoying enough already), announces to Mr. Rana that he has learned how to do transformations, too: he has turned the police sergeant into a snake.moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • Roald Dahl

    Host

  • Paul Bogart

  • Rex Everhart

    Fred Tench

  • John McGiver

    Mr. Rana; Latin for "Frog"

  • Madeleine Sherwood

    Cora Tench

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  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (3)

    • Cora: (to Fred) You big slob - if that dog growls at you, it's because he detects the treachery in your miserable soul!

    • Fred: Cora, I'd gladly pay to get him (the missing dog) back. I'm going to train him to bite that big, fat brother of yours.

    • Fred: (to his wife, Cora) I only bought the mutt so you two could bark at each other and leave me in peace.

    Trivia (1)

    • Jeremy is not holding a real snake, it's fake. This may be due to a low budget, or it could be that there were some difficulties letting the young actor hold a real snake. In the very next shot after he lowers the rubber snake to the floor, a real snake is shown crawling near his shoes.

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