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A Very Moral Theft 

Helen's brother John informs her that he is soon to be married and they'll have to decide what to do about the house they share. Helen is quite attracted to Harry Wade, the owner of a ... See full summary »

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Norman Lloyd

Writers:

Jack Dillon (story), Allan Gordon (teleplay)
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Episode cast overview:
Alfred Hitchcock ... Self - Host
Betty Field ... Helen
Walter Matthau ... Harry Wade
Karl Swenson ... John
Sal Ponti ... Carl
David Fresco ... Mr. Parker
Rusty Lane ... Mr. Ivers
Sam Gilman ... Charlie
William Newell ... Mr. Fescue

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Helen's brother John informs her that he is soon to be married and they'll have to decide what to do about the house they share. Helen is quite attracted to Harry Wade, the owner of a lumber yard who has fallen on hard times after one of his customers goes bankrupt. Helen decides to help Harry out with an $8,000 "loan" after he assures her that he can repay her within 48 hours. When things don't work out as planned, Harry has a decision to make. Written by garykmcd

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2 June 2013 | by sol-kaySee all my reviews

****SPOILERS**** In this very moving and at the same time surprising, it takes a while to figure out the ending, "Alfred Hitchcock Presents" episode we see that there's hope for even the most unfeeling and shyster like among us in the actions of lumber yard owner Harry Wade, Walter Matthau. Harry who's been hit by hard times and in danger of losing his business confides to 45 year old spinster Helen, Betty Field, his pressing problems and what he needs, $8,000.00 in cash,to straighten them out. Helen who's just crazy about Hary is willing to embezzle her real estate company to get him out of the fix that he now finds himself in. This surprises us watching since Harry is anything but kind and loving towards Helen no matter how much love and affection she show for him.

Seeing that Harry is about to lose his means of making a living, his lumber yard, Helen takes the $8,000.00 he needs from one of her clients Mr. Fescue, William Newell, at her real estate company with the promise by Harry that he'll return it to her within 48 hours before, over the weekend, it opens for business. As anyone, except Helen, would have expected Harry comes up short with the cash and poor Helen who put her trust in him is now facing not only the loss of her job but home as well as freedom for embezzling her real estate company! But then something completely out of the blue happens that turns everything around for Helen. But the price is far worse then what she at the time was facing!

****SPOILERS**** We as well as Helen see despite his sleazy and unfeeling demeanor Harry Wade had under that thick hide of his a truly heart of gold. Knowing the fix that he put Helen in Harry went against type and put his life on the line and eventually lost it for her. Not that at first Harry had wanted to risk it. Sure Harry could have left Helen standing out in the cold and lose everything near and dear, including Harry, to her but he didn't. By doing what he did and facing the consequences for his actions Harry showed Helen the love that he really and truly felt for her in death far more then anytime that he was alive.


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USA

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English

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11 October 1960 (USA) See more »

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