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Willy and Dilly


A clueless broker falls in love with the very woman who has set out to bamboozle him and relieve him of his money!



Air Dates

  • First Run - June 4, 1979
  • Repeat - October 23, 1979





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7 Responses to Episode 0985

It's Fred, ya gotta love it. Quite the series of twists at the end.

Randy Mc

Awesome episode! I love Mr. Gwynne...he is such a GREAT actor. As is Ms. Juster. Love all the twists.


This somehow reminds me of the movie "The Grifters" except that its a bit more lighthearted in the RMT fashion and no one gets killed. Fred Gwynne plays Harrison Dillard "Dilly" Wentworth, a big wheel financier married to a devoted yet (his description) dull wife he seems to love as a matter of noblesse oblige (or maybe it was that $1,000,000 she loaned him, no strings attached, to get his career started). Evie Juster (I always wondered what she looked like...I always picture her as this little 4'8" waif with blond curls, sort of her generation's Nancy Cartwright) plays Wilhelmina "Willy" Zurich, who says she needs help investing her late husband's money. Going to lunch together, they find they have a bit more than their similar nicknames in common, fall in lust, and the affair begins. Dilly wants a kept woman. Willy (along with her con artist brother played by Lloyd Battista) wants to scam a ton of Dilly's $$$$ by cooking up a scheme to make all three of them some illegal moolah. Battista's character says he knows Dilly's also a crook at heart...he's already cheating on his wife, and will probably not mind cheating a bit more. Battista also plays a longtime friend of equal social standing of Dilly's who's also friends with Mrs. Dilly. We end up with dualing schemes here, and given the morality tales of the RMT, you can guess the outcome. Cute little show with Hi Brown guesting as a money courier.

James Buchanan

Willy and Dilly to me is a perfect little Mystery Theater episode, a neat little story, tightly written, no superfluous scene, good set up, good pay off. A little bit like the movie " The Sting" with Paul Newman.


This is one of the best CBSRMT episodes that I have listened to. The “twist” at the end is unexpected and greatly entertaining!

Eric Templeton

A top 25 or top 50 episode here for sure. This one is a gem. You think that Fred Gwynne is going to be taken by the con artists? Listen to the episode first. I dare you. Now, I hope I not giving too much away by the ending, but this episode's denouement reminds me it could have been on the Mission Impossible TV show. Not the movie, the show starring Peter Graves, Barbara Bain and Martin Landau. Following the twist at the end you can picture the Mission Impossible team driving away and cue the Mission Impossible theme.

D.C. Klinkensmit

Fred Gwynne always does a great job.

Scooter D & no Greens

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