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Number Twenty-Two 

Young robber Steve Morgan is in jail for his first offense and too cocky for his own good.


Robert Stevens


Joel Murcott (teleplay), Evan Hunter (story)


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Episode complete credited cast:
Alfred Hitchcock ... Himself - Host
Russell Collins ... Skinner #21
Rip Torn ... Steve Morgan #22
Ray Teal ... Chief of Detectives
James Nolan ... Officer Bourne
Paul Picerni ... Assissi #19
Robert Ross Robert Ross ... (as Bob Ross)
Charles Watts Charles Watts ... Franklin
Peter Leeds Peter Leeds ... Custodian
Michael Ross ... Jailer (as Mike Ross)
Martin Wilkins Martin Wilkins ... Reporter
Hugh Sanders ... Booking Officer


Young Steve Morgan seems almost happy that he's been arrested and taken to jail. Now, maybe the guys at the pool hall will take him seriously. He just hopes that when his stick-up hits the papers, it doesn't come out that he used a toy gun. His cell-mate, much older and much more experienced, warns him against being too cocky. Jail is serious. And the next day's line-up will prove it. The kid doesn't pay attention. But it won't be long before Steve Morgan's flippant remarks begin to catch in his throat. Written by J. Spurlin

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jail | line up | toy gun | gun | cell mate | See All (21) »







Release Date:

17 February 1957 (USA) See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Shamley Productions See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


One of the few episodes in which Alfred Hitchcock appears with other people in during the opening presentation. See more »


Hitchcock is processed by the police in the opening scene and stands in front of a height-measuring wall chart. The announcer lists Hitchcock's height as 5 feet, 6 inches. However, the chart clearly shows that the top of his head actually reaches the 5 feet 10 inches tall mark. See more »


[first lines]
Kelly: Hold it, kid!
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Crazy Credits

In his post-show remarks, Hitchcock called the subject of this episode - juvenile delinquency - a grave national crisis, too serious a subject for jokes. This is one of the very few times that Hitchcock ended the show on a serious note instead of his usual flippant remarks. See more »


References Spellbound (1945) See more »

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Is That a Sneer or Do You Just Like Your Teeth
26 June 2009 | by dougdoepkeSee all my reviews

He's a cocky, sneering young punk, the sort who needs some straightening out before someone gets seriously hurt. The trouble is he's already robbed a store, and now he's in jail acting like a swaggering celebrity. Worse, being in lineups gives him a stage to perform on. With that attitude and all the tough cons and hardened cops, something drastic is bound to happen. But what.

As the punk, Rip Torn turns in a bravura performance. He's got a great natural sneer, and the camera knows it. At this early career stage, the cartoonish name led people to think the young actor must be some kind of joke. But as this entry, plus some 50 years of stage and screen prove, he's really a very fine actor. 'Rip' may be just a nickname, but 'Torn' is in fact his real surname.

There's also a fine supporting cast of familiar faces from the day—Teal, Sanders, Picerni, Leeds, but especially Russell Collins. Usually, he plays broken-down old men. Here, however, he's convincing as all-get-out as a savvy old con who knows how to put the punk in his place. Notably, the story is from author Evan Hunter, fresh off his triumph with the similarly delinquent-themed Blackboard Jungle, (1955). Except for Torn's eye-catching performance, however, the episode is basically an average one.

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