Alfred Hitchcock Presents

Season 2 Episode 36

Father and Son

Aired Sunday 9:30 PM Jun 02, 1957 on CBS
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Father and Son
A young man will stop at nothing to get at the money his father refuses to give him.

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  • An old man reaps nothing but scorn and sorrow from his good-for-nothing son...but loves him anyway.

    Set in London in 1912, Joe Saunders' son, Sam, approaches him for a handout of fifty quid. At thirty-five years old, Sam is a perpetual loser - a loaf who won't hold down a job, a liar, a coward, and a boozer who frequents a seedy nightclub in hopes of capturing the affections of its main attraction - a vixen of similar repute named Mae. Joe refuses the handout, realizing that his low expectations of his son have produced the disaster that is standing before him. Joe's worst fault of all, however, is his complete lack of any honor towards his father. Determined to get the money by any means necessary in order to win the affections of the cabaret queen after whom he's lusting, Joe decides to rat out his father's friend, who is in hiding from the police for their mistaken belief that he commited a felony.

    The episode has some great writing and wonderful imagery (notably, the Judas-Christ dynamic when Joe snatches up the money after betraying his father, then crumples it). It was tough to watch Joe's despicable antics towards his father, whose own faults did not merit such a lowlife son. It was also interesting to watch how the entire town despised Joe, and even his questionable love interest had more integrity and heart than he, yet his father - even after betrayed and disgraced by the son - still cared about him.moreless
  • Father and Son is an episode about how tough love doesn't work, and hypocrisy.

    Classic episode. I really love this episode. An episode I can totally relate to.

    This episode is about the tough love and hypocrisy of an old man toward his son.

    He has a son, Sam, who asks him for money. The Dad refuses to give it to him. Yet, the father doesn't seem to mind in helping his friend who is in trouble with the law.

    When the son knows what's going on and learns there's a reward, turns his father and his friend in.

    The pigs er cops give him an attitude but give him the money.

    This episode is a great example of tough love and hypocrisy behind it. The Dad preaches to his son about doing the right thing. He hardly supports his son.

    Of course the twist is the Son follows through on the advice of dad and this is what screws up the dad on the end. That's poetic justice.

    It's also hypocritical of this guy preaches to his son Son about doing the right but doesn't mind breaking the rules for his friend in trouble with the law.

    This episode is a classic one of the best episodes from the show.moreless
Edmund Gwenn

Edmund Gwenn

Joe Saunders

Guest Star

Frederick Worlock

Frederick Worlock

Gus Harrison

Guest Star

Pamela Light

Pamela Light


Guest Star

Charles Davis

Charles Davis

Sam Saunders

Recurring Role

George Pelling

George Pelling


Recurring Role

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    • [Closing Narration]
      Alfred Hitchcock: (eating an apple) Unfortunately, he wasn't. Sam was one of those persons for whom all things seem to work out well. No matter what happens to him, he always manages to land on his head. That's all for tonight. Next time we plan a similar foray into your parlor. I hope you'll be home. Good night.

    • Sam: (about Gus, who he's considering squealing to the police about for reward money) He's a murderer. He belongs in jail!
      Mae: Where do you belong, Sam, for doing it?

    • Gus: (about the police) After all the things I've done, they're after me for something I didn't do!

    • Mae: You want to 'ear something Sam? If you was worth it I'd open your face with me nails, but you ain't.

    • [Opening Narration]
      Alfred Hitchcock: (holding a bow with an arrow) Good evening. Have you, uh, seen a small boy with an apple on his head? I know he's here somewhere, but my eyes aren't what they used to be. (Looks to his left) Oh, there he is! (Takes aim with the bow and lets the arrow fly) I missed again. I think I'd better quit. I even missed the boy that time. Tonight, the flickering shadows on our magic lantern screen tell a story of life in the big city. It is called "Father and Son."

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