Alfred Hitchcock Presents

Season 1 Episode 27

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Aired Sunday 9:30 PM Apr 01, 1956 on CBS
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A man desperate for money to treat his wife's illness accepts a strange job offer from an anonymous boss, with life-changing consequences for all involved.

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      • Mr. X: If you knew me a little better, Mr. Crabtree, you would realize that I am almost totally devoid of a sense of humor. That's one of the penalties of devoting one's entire energies to accumulating a vast fortune.

      • (Opening narration)
        Alfred Hitchcock: (Reading the newspaper.) Good evening. How did you find me? I specifically asked for an unlisted channel. I'm taking the week off. I wanted a rest from television. If you're one of those critics who thinks that television is frightful, all I can say is you should see it from this side. I've been reading the want ads. A man has a right to look around for a better job. Hmm... "Wanted: host for television program." Sounds like a job for me. "Must be witty, charming, handsome." Why this is perfect. "Gracious, and must be willing to work every week. Apply: Alfred Hitchcock Presents.." I think I better scamper back to the old job. I don't want to miss the show. And don't you miss it, either.

      • (Closing narration)
        Alfred Hitchcock: A brilliant play. Sneaky, but brilliant. And now, please keep your eyes on this space for I shall return here next week to bring you another story. Good night.

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      • Stanley Ellin's short story was first adapted for television (by Mary Orr & Reginald Denham) and presented on CBS's live anthology series, "SUSPENSE", on June 14, 1949.

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