Alfred Hitchcock Presents

The Cream of the Jest

Season 2, Ep 24, Aired 3/10/57
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  • Episode Description
  • An unemployed actor plays his last role.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Alfred Hitchcock

    Host

  • Fredric Brown

  • Sarett Rudley

  • Herschel Daugherty

  • Reggie Lanning

  • Fan Reviews (1)
  • An old, penniless actor tries to blackmail a newly-successful playwright into giving him a star part.

    By orswel, Jul 28, 2009

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (5)

    • Closing Narration Alfred Hitchcock: (slams a book shut) Well, there's no use taking that book home with us, now that we've finished it. By the way, in case you were interested, the police learned of Wayne Campbell's connection with tonight's crime (struggles with his overcoat and mutters) ...I can't seem to figure out why this coat doesn't fit. I just bought it. There seems to be a message stitched inside. (Opens his coat and reads from a tag sewn into it) "Occupancy by more than one person contrary to law." Well, no wonder! Next time, we shall return for another story. Join us then. Good night.

    • Wayne: If you played that part it'd be the cream of the jest, wouldn't it? It'd also be the first time a blackmailer ever earned his money.

    • Charles: I'm only real when I'm acting!

    • Wayne: Charles, I wouldn't touch you again with a ten-foot pole. You're a drunk, let's face it!

    • [Opening Narration] Alfred Hitchcock: (picking out a book from a library shelf) Good evening. I understand it is fashionable to introduce television shows from a library, so I thought I would preface tonight's play, "The Cream of the Jest," in this way. "The Cream of the Jest" is a play about the theatrical business (walks past a group of older people reading at a table, and they shush him. Alfred resumes in a whisper ...and it has as it's central character a fading actor named Charles Haliver Gresham. Our play will - (the people hush him again. Alfred stops, looks annoyed, then quickly resumes) our play will begin in just one moment!

    Allusions (1)

    • Charles: "All our yesterday have lighted fools the way to dusty death. Out, out, brief candle! Life's but a walking shadow, a poor player that struts and frets his hour upon the stage and then is heard no more."

      Charles is quoting Macbeth in Shakespeare's play of the same name.

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