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Dead Weight 

A married man captures a gunman who tried to rob him and his mistress, but to avoid a scandal, he contemplates whether to let him go or kill him.


Stuart Rosenberg


Herb Golden (story), Jerry Sohl (teleplay)


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Episode cast overview:
Alfred Hitchcock ... Himself - Host
Joseph Cotten ... Courtney Masterson
Julie Adams ... Peg Valence
Don Gordon ... Rudy Stickney
Ted de Corsia ... Inspector Salva
Angela Greene ... Mrs. Masterson
Claude Stroud ... Lester Elleridge
Gail Bonney ... Mary
Reita Green Reita Green ... Reita
George Dockstader George Dockstader ... Motorcycle Cop


Married Courtney Masterson and his girlfriend are parked at a lover's lane when a young thug tries to rob them. Courtney overpowers the thief and wants to turn him over to the police but is afraid the resulting publicity might tip off his wife to his extra-marital affair. In the end, he decides to set the thief free, but things don't quite go as planned and he shoots the thug. Courtney manages to convince the police that the shooting was an accident. It turns out however, that he has much to worry about. Written by garykmcd

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Release Date:

22 November 1959 (USA) See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Shamley Productions See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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An old tale with a 'new' twist
10 September 2014 | by binapiraeusSee all my reviews

Another quite nice episode of our beloved Hitchcock's 'half hour' - and with a very competent cast (with first and best of all, of course, Joseph Cotten) that makes the age-old story of a married man being caught with his girlfriend, and his horror of any kind of publicity, seem rather fresh and intriguing - and entertaining, with some unusual twists in the real Hitchcock style...

First of all, the 'sinful' couple, Cotten and his girlfriend, are caught in the middle of the night on a lonely parking lot by a simple crook who wants to rob them, but then the tables are turned, and the crook ends up in the car's trunk - but what are they supposed to do with him now?? Well, the girlfriend's got an idea there; but it doesn't turn out the ideal solution after all - or does it...? Hitch himself will tell us in the end...

Nicely played and directed, solid TV crime entertainment; not one of the very best episodes of the series, but nevertheless worthwhile watching for friends of good old-fashioned crime drama with a touch of Hitchcock genius!

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