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Richard Paine decides to steal money from his boss that he has owed him for months, and it turns into an unnecessary and ironic murder.


Robert Stevens


Francis M. Cockrell (teleplay) (as Francis Cockrell), Cornell Woolrich (story)


Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Alfred Hitchcock ... Self - Host
Skip Homeier ... Richard Paine
Joanne Woodward ... Beth Paine
Ken Christy Ken Christy ... A.T. Burroughs
Henry Hunter Henry Hunter ... Finance Company Agent
Mike Ragan ... Cab Driver
William Newell ... Charlie (as Billy Newell)
Frank Kreig Frank Kreig ... Martin the Janitor (as Frank Krieg)
Harry Tyler ... Apartment Hunter
Jack Tesler Jack Tesler ... Newspaper Man
Dorothy Crehan Dorothy Crehan ... Woman
Don Dillaway ... Policeman
Patricia Knox ... Woman at Bus Stop
John Lehman John Lehman ... Man at Bus Stop (as John Lehmann)
Joe Gilbert Joe Gilbert ... Motorist (as Joseph Gilbert)


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After his boss tells him the firm is close to bankruptcy, Dick Paine agrees to work for half pay. Dick is nagged by his wife Beth into standing up for himself. He goes to his boss and demands the money he has not been paid. His boss refuses to give him the money and Dick must resort to murder. Written by Anonymous

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Alfred Hitchcock: Did you ever have the feeling that you were being watched? Observe closely. No eyelid. He never sleeps. Obviously, an ideal audience. Unfortunately, he doesn't watch television. That's true. He isn't watching me, he's watching you, to see if you're watching me. Please don't misunderstand. I love television, as a performer, that is. But I feel the wrong person is being paid. Actors receive salaries, but their viewers, the people who do the really hard work, don't make a cent. It ...
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Nice to See Joanne Woodward
30 October 2008 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

This is one of those episodes where you would like to crawl into the screen and start straightening things out. First of all, the husband is, in many ways, about as wimpy as you can get. They have no food, but he doesn't have the guts to talk to a man who owes him dearly. He would rather get himself involved in a convoluted plot to get the money, breaking and entering and destroying his life in the process. It's a bit much. I noticed that when this episode is written about, the Joanne Woodward character is described as a nagging wife. Other than quietly urging him to be a man and take care of his family, she is much kinder that she needs to be. With the death of Paul Neuman, it was nice to see his wife in some of her earlier work. Anyway, about all the young man has left is to run away, no plan, no end in mind. She tries to stay with him. Unfortunately, there is an even bigger fly in the ointment.

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24 June 1956 (USA) See more »

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Shamley Productions See more »
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Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

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1.33 : 1
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