This is the seventh episode of the 1958 to 1964 Private Eye series. The series ran for a total of 206 episodes. Series regulars were, Efrem Zimbalist Jr, Roger Smith, Edd Byrnes and Jacqueline Beer.
This episode starts with Private Investigator, Stuart Bailey (Efrem Zimbalist Jr.) being hired by Herbert Rudley. Rudley wants Zimbalist to keep tabs on his wealthy aunt, Doris Kenyon. Kenyon is a former silent film star who wants to produce a new silent remake of one of her films. (Kenyon was actually a fairly big star during the silent era)
Zimbalist meets Kenyon and is hired by her to help produce her new film. She intends to spend at least a million on the film. Zimbalist is assigned by Kenyon to find her old director, writer and leading man from the first film. Now we find out that, Rudley, and several other members of Kenyon's family, want to have her committed. They are afraid that Kenyon will spend their inheritance.
The episode follows Zimbalist as he finds Kenyon's old friends and hires them. These includes several actual silent stars, Francis X Bushman, Owen McGiveney, Snub Pollard, Joyce Compton as well as John Carradine. All are pretty well down on their luck and can use the work.
Zimbalist, finally tumbles to Rudley's plan to have Kenyon put away. Rudley was hoping to use Zimbalist's reports as evidence in a commitment hearing. Now there is some rough stuff involving Zimbalist and some mob bookies. One of Kenyon's relatives is in big with a gambling debt. The sooner the aunt is committed, the quicker he can pay the bookies.
Zimbalist soon discovers that Kenyon will not see the completion of her new film. She is terminally ill and will soon die. She was doing all this to help out her former acting friends etc. The family members back off now as they could not win in court.
This is a rather enjoyable episode, which has director Richard Bare handling the action. Bare won a "Directors Guild of America" award for helming this episode.
Francis X Bushman was a huge star of silent films with at least 175 films to his credit during the era.