Alfred Hitchcock Presents

Season 1 Episode 39

Momentum

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Aired Sunday 9:30 PM Jun 24, 1956 on CBS
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A man ends up running to the Mexican border after trying to collect money his employer owes him.

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  • An ordinary man finds his entire life collapsing around him in the space of just a few hours.

    8.5
    This is a very typical Cornell Woolrich story, with unmerited misery taking its hero on a downright spiral which can only end in horrible death. It takes very little to turn the hard life of an ordinary, underpaid man into a living hell, and at the end he learns that there was no good reason for all his suffering after all. Woolrich was a very unhappy fellow who rarely went out and had the most misanthropic view of his fellow humans - he always felt that evil fate was conspiring against us all, as this story shows. Joanne Woodward, a year away from movie fame, has a surprisingly small role, but plays it well.moreless
Joanne Woodward

Joanne Woodward

Beth Paine

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Skip Homeier

Skip Homeier

Dick Paine

Guest Star

William Newell

William Newell

Charlie

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Holly Bane

Holly Bane

Cab Driver

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Harry Tyler

Harry Tyler

 

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    • Opening Narration
      Alfred Hitchcock: Did you ever have a feeling you were being watched? (camera pans to a large eye painted on the wall behind Hitchcock) Observe closely: no eyelid. It never sleeps. Obviously, an ideal audience. Unfortunately, it doesn't watch television. It isn't watching me, it's watching you. If you're watching me, please don't tell me. I love television, as a performer that is, but I fear the wrong person is being paid. Actors receive salary, but the viewers – the people who do the really hard work – don't make a cent. It seems to me that television is exactly like a gun. You're enjoyment of it is determined by which end you're on. Tonight we plan to tell a story about this gun, and what a very ordinary man did with it in the course of twenty-four hours.

    • Closing Narration
      Alfred Hitchcock: Very educational. Next week, we shall return with another story. I suggest you join us. It might be unwise to disappoint…(looks at eye) Big Brother.

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