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Harry Beggs is released from prison after serving his 20 year sentence. He's actually a reformed man, having learned a trade and having saved every cent of his minimal prison pay. He hasn't... See full summary »


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Henry Slesar (teleplay by), Henry Slesar (from his story)


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Episode cast overview:
Alfred Hitchcock ... Self - Host
Crahan Denton ... Harry Beggs
Jeanette Nolan ... Edith Beggs
Susan Silo ... Angela
Robert Carson ... Warden
Kreg Martin ... Bartender
Josie Lloyd ... Bank Teller


Harry Beggs is released from prison after serving his 20 year sentence. He's actually a reformed man, having learned a trade and having saved every cent of his minimal prison pay. He hasn't seen his family for many years and he and his wife used to always fight about money so he very much wants to show her the money he's accumulated. When the time comes to visit her, he can't quite bring himself to do it and goes to one of his old haunts for a drink. Having had a bit too much to drink, he wakes up to find that he's been rolled by a pretty girl with whom he had struck up a conversation. He does eventually work up the nerve to see his wife and explain to her what has happened but he is in for yet another severe shock. Written by garykmcd

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The booth inside the bar is the kind of booth that was used outdoors. The aluminum booths were exclusively used outdoors and to some extent in large expansive spaces like airports. In a bar this old it would have had one of the old wooden phone booths. Very common in this era. See more »


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Fine Understated Drama
19 April 2008 | by dougdoepkeSee all my reviews

Odd little drama. It has the usual twist ending and some minor suspense. But it's really a rather compellingly done human interest story, thanks to a superb performance from Crahan Denton as an aging ex-con. He brings just the right amount of dignity and cynicism to what would otherwise be a clichéd role. Just as importantly, his presence conveys a hint of vulnerability despite the many hardening years of imprisonment. And in a very well acted and calibrated office scene, the warden is shown as respecting those qualities in the departing inmate. Later, when Denton tries to contact his wife after years of separation, but can't follow through, conflicts from the buried past flicker across his face, and we feel long-suppressed emotions suddenly rising to the surface. It's that sort of thing that makes the unfortunate turn of events in the bar scene so affecting.

Fortunately, the production people hired that fine actress, Jeanette Nolan, to play the conflicted wife. Just as importantly, they refused to dress her up or disguise her ugly little cold water flat. The down-trodden couple's moment of reconciliation amounts to a rare moment of genuine sweetness for a series that did not emphasize tender emotions, to say the least. This may not be the most gripping or suspenseful of the Hitchcock entries. But it remains oddly memorable and a permanent record of one very fine talent behind all those anonymous credit-crawl names.

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13 June 1961 (USA) See more »

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