Alfred Hitchcock Presents

Season 2 Episode 18

The Manacled

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Aired Sunday 9:30 PM Jan 27, 1957 on CBS
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The Manacled
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$50000 dollars are offered to a detective by a criminal for his freedom.

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  • Even after being arrested, Steve Fontaine is very sure of himself. He may be handcuffed to the detective who wants to put him in jail, but he has every confidence he can escape - by one means or another.moreless

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    One of those stories about a crook so suave and unflappable that even arrest doesn't faze him. The poor, prosaic, up-by-his-bootstraps working-class cop who's apprehended him seems unlikely to detain him long enough to put him in a cell; even the fact that they're cuffed - "manacled" - to each other doesn't seem too great an obstacle to this suave mastermind. The twists and turns in the story are reasonably interesting, and William Redfield, as the villain, is so smug and sure of himself, you really want him to get his comeuppance. The episode features a brief, beautiful cameo by Edith Evanson, who also gave marvellous performances for Hitchcock in "Rope" and "Marnie".moreless
William Redfield

William Redfield

Steve Fontaine

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Betty Harford

Betty Harford

Waitress

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Edith Evanson

Edith Evanson

Pickpocket

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Gary Merrill

Gary Merrill

Sgt. Rockwell

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Rusty Lane

Rusty Lane

Conductor

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    • [Closing Narration] Alfred Hitchcock: (freeing his leg from the chair leg) At least I can get home now. I hope to have my hand free next time you see me. If I do, we should be able to present another story. Why not tune in and see? Good night.

    • [Opening Narration] Alfred Hitchcock: Good evening, ladies and gentlemen, and television fans all over - uh -the living room floor. Tonight's drama is called "The Manacled" and features a pair of these attractive and useful charm bracelets (holds up a pair of handcuffs). These of course are stage handcuffs, especially made so that one can easily get out. Of course, as you may know, these little trinkets are not only used to cuff hands. They work very well on legs. Regardez (stoops to fasten the handcuffs - which is also attached to one of his wrists - to a chair leg). While I'm getting out of this, perhaps we'd better begin our play. Ladies and gentlemen, "The Manacled."

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