The 20th Century-Fox Hour

Season 2 Episode 17

The Great American Hoax

Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM May 15, 1957 on CBS
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The Great American Hoax
John Hodges has been a printer devoted to his work. Now, at 65, he is automatically retired by his firm. But Hodges isn't ready for retirement -he feels he has many years of productivve employment ahead. Furthermore,life without a job becomes tedious. He feels unwanted in the house and finally flees to the park where he sits, contemplates the injustice of his retirement, and plots ways to be reinstated. Finally he hits on a daring maneuver. Knowing that the president of the parent company is a mysteriously remote figure, Hodges decides to impersonate him, change some of the rules and get his job back. Excited, he starts to compose an interesting letter!moreless

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Benny Rubin

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Harry Ruby

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  • QUOTES (1)

    • John Hodges: Excuse me, Mr. Irwin, can you explain this?
      Irwin: Means your retired Hodges, company policy.
      John Hodges: But I don't want to be retired. I've been a printer all my life, I love my job.
      Irwin: Sure I know, how it is.
      John Hodges: Well I haven't missed one day's work in all my life. Check my record.
      Irwin: My old man was like that. With him printing was an art. He'd set up a billboard for some little tailor like it was the Gettysburg address.
      John Hodges: But where can I go? All I know is printing. I want to stay Mr. Irwin.
      Irwin: What can I do, it's a company policy, which is recognized by your union.
      John Hodges: Maybe you could talk to someone about it.
      Irwin: Who could I talk to, I'm a nobody here. I say one word, I might get thrown out on my ear. Look Hodges, don't you think I feel bad enough as it is.

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