Alfred Hitchcock Presents
Series 1, Episode 6


   Justus Addis
   Fred Freiberger (teleplay & story); Richard Carr (teleplay)
   Gene Barry, Nancy Gates
   06 November 1955
   24:35 (total) • --:-- (film) • -:-- (Hitchcock)
   7/10


Salvage
Lois Williams (Nancy Gates) rats out a gangster to the police in order to save herself, but years later Dan Varrel (Gene Barry), the brother of the dead man is released from prison after taking the rap and hunts down Lois and threatens to kill her. However, Dan shows leniency and instead proposes a deal where if he can put up the money she will run a legitimate business for him so that he can prove to his parole that he has gone straight. All goes smoothly and the viewer is puzzled by his "what is he up to?" routine, until Nancy reveals she is going to marry her sweetheart Tim Grady (Peter Adams).


TRIVIA
•Gene Barry makes his second appearance of the series (he was one of the gunmen in "Triggers In Leash").
HITCH'S PROLOGUE (-- secs):
TO BE ADDED...

HITCH'S EPILOGUE (-- secs):
TO BE ADDED...



SPOILERS
When Nancy confesses to Dan she has nothing to live for after he initially confronts her, Dan decides it is too easy just to kill her, as it would appear his actions would be doing her a favour. He bides his time and waits until her business is thriving and she is on the verge of marriage and has everything to live for - then Dan makes his move. Twisted!



IN MY HUMBLE OPINION...
There's a delightful comical moment in the opening segment when Hitchcock gets up out of his chair and praises his staff for their involvement in the making of the films, when all of a sudden a large prop falls from above and crushes the chair.
GEOFF THINKS...
It's an improvement on Gene Barry's previous appearance in the series - that corny Western - but this still plays like a runty version of a 1951 RKO programmer, one of those dreary B-movies where Robert Mitchum grunts his way through some thick-ear role (boy, did he have a thick earhole) and mistreats an unmemorable contract actress. Mr. Barry was a good, dependable actor - I remember him in Burke's Law - but he comes across here like Sid Caesar in a comedy sketch pretending to be a gangster : "make it look like a accident !" Nancy Gates must be some sort of magician. Watch carefully from about 7:30. Where did that cigarette come from so quickly ? She doesn't have a bag, it wasn't on the desk.......if I'm watching the props, it doesn't say much for the show. Not great. Next ! But Hitch's opening and closing bits are GREAT.

THE CAST
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Dan Varrel... GENE BARRY
Lois Williams... NANCY GATES
Mary... MAXINE COOPER
Tim Grady... PETER ADAMS
Shorty... ELISHA COOK JR.
Lou Henry... PAUL BRYAR
Hilda... EDIT ANGOLD
Model... VIRGINIA CHRISTINE
Drunk... RALPH MONTGOMERY
Bartender... BILLY WAYNE
Party guest... RALPH BROOKS
Party guest... FRANKLYN FARNUM


GALLERY
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Acknowledgements:
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0508240/ [IMDb]

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