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A Piece of the Action 

Duke Marsden is a compulsive gambler and is about to lose his wife because of it. She gives him an ultimatum to either give up poker or else she's gone.


Bernard Girard


Alfred Hayes (teleplay), Oliver H.P. Garrett (based on a story by)




Episode cast overview:
Alfred Hitchcock ... Himself - Host
Gig Young ... Duke Marsden
Martha Hyer ... Alice Marsden
Gene Evans ... Ed Krutcher
Robert Redford ... Chuck Marsden
Nick Dennis ... Danny
Raymond Bailey ... Allie Saxon
Roger De Koven ... Nate
Kreg Martin ... Smiley
Jack Sahakian Jack Sahakian ... Gambler
Ralph Smiley Ralph Smiley ... Waiter
Dee J. Thompson Dee J. Thompson ... Kelly
Robert Reiner Robert Reiner ... Pete


Professional gambler Duke Marsden (Gig Young) bitterly treads in his father's footsteps, which led to tragedy. Duke's wife is cold and aristocratic, fed up with his habits. Duke is appalled when his younger brother (Robert Redford), a law student, catches the fever too--does he have Duke's ability or their father's luck? Written by David Stevens

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Release Date:

20 September 1962 (USA) See more »

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Shamley Productions See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


In the restaurant scene with Gig Young, a piece of steak alternately appears and disappears from Gene Evans' fork. See more »


Version of Street of Chance (1930) See more »

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Poker Isn't A Game
7 November 2015 | by dougdoepkeSee all my reviews

A professional poker player in a tough crowd tries to discourage his younger brother from taking up the pursuit. At the same time, his wife threatens to leave if he doesn't quit.

Rather spotty episode. Suspense doesn't really kick in until the showdown poker game that ends on an unforeseeable note of Hitchcock irony. Where the story's going isn't indicated by the first half hour, so it's up to the strong cast to carry interest. Also it looks like there's some padding in this first part with Duke (Young) and wife Alice (Hyer) trying to get along, though the pool scene remains a novelty. I expect the chief interest now is a young Robert Redford just starting out in the business. And who at the time could have predicted he would expand and prosper for 50-years in such a cutthroat industry. Anyway, it must have been a cheap episode to produce since the action's basically indoors except for the pool scene. The cast also features an underrated Gene Evans, whose poker-playing Ed proves nobody to mess with. Overall, what the 60-minutes lacks in general suspense is made up for in good character interest and a worthwhile payoff.

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