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Alfred Hitchcock Presents

Season 1 Episode 19

The Derelicts

Aired Sunday 9:30 PM Feb 05, 1956 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Ralph is having monetary problems. His wife is spending money faster than he can make it and she just bought a mink coat. His silent partner calls in an IOU. Just when he thinks he's solved his problem, two homeless men start blackmailing him.

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  • A murderer with money problems is blackmailed by tramps.

    An indifferent episode with the germ of an interesting idea - the murderousness of a seemingly well-heeled middle class man, intent on protecting his possessions, is contrasted with the survivalist techniques of a couple of derelicts with absolutely nothing (except guile). Satire might have been used very pointedly, but direction and script don't make anything like the most of the plot's possibilities. However, it is worth seeing for the performance of Robert Newton as the smarter and more eloquent of the two tramps. As this show was first aired only a month before Newton's death (at age 51), it might be the last acting role of his illustrious career.moreless
Philip Reed

Philip Reed

Ralph Cowell

Guest Star

Cyril Delevanti

Cyril Delevanti

Alfred Sloane

Guest Star

Robert Foulk

Robert Foulk

Det. Sgt. Monroney

Guest Star

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


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  • QUOTES (3)

    • Goodfellow: (following Herta with his eyes) A rare wench, to say the least.
      Shanks: I got a hunch she's troubled.
      Goodfellow: Aren't they all?

    • Alfred Hitchcock: (Wearing a top hat and carrying a lunch box) Good evening. I hope you don't mind, but I have to eat on the job tonight. We're terribly rushed. But no matter how busy, I think the least one can do is to dress properly. Tonight's supper show is called "The Derelicts." And there isn't much to tell you about it. Naturally, we shall populate our stage with a few delinquents. (He unwraps a sandwich and looks at it's contents.) Rabbit. I could have pulled that out of the hat.

    • Alfred Hitchcock: (Just finishing up his meal.) As you might expect before Mr. Goodfellow and Mr. Shanks had reached the street, they had walked into the inviting arms of two luscious young ladies. And the current was especially to Goodfellow's liking. But since the ladies were policewomen his enjoyment was, at best, momentary.

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