The Alfred Hitchcock Hour: Season 1, Episode 1

A Piece of the Action (20 Sep. 1962)

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Professional gambler Duke Marsden (Gig Young) bitterly treads in his father's footsteps, which led to tragedy. Duke's wife is cold and aristocratic, fed up with his habits. Duke's appalled ... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview:
Himself - Host
Duke Marsden
Alice Marsden
Gene Evans ...
Ed Krutcher
Chuck Marsden
Nick Dennis ...
Allie Saxon
Roger De Koven ...
Kreg Martin ...
Jack Sahakian ...
Ralph Smiley ...
Dee J. Thompson ...


Professional gambler Duke Marsden (Gig Young) bitterly treads in his father's footsteps, which led to tragedy. Duke's wife is cold and aristocratic, fed up with his habits. Duke's appalled when his younger brother (Robert Redford) a law student, catches the fever too - does he have Duke's ability or their father's luck ? Written by David Stevens

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That fish you've sent us Dukie Boy is beginning to stink!
1 November 2011 | by (brooklyn NY) – See all my reviews

***SPOILERS*** it's when Duke Marsden's, Gig Young, kid brother Chuck, Robert Redford, showed up after finishing law school that he finally felt that the curse of the Marsden family was about to be broken. It was both Duke and Chuck's father, who being a sick and degenerate gambler, who ended up going broke and killing or drinking himself to death leaving the two brothers and their mom out in the cold,during the Great Depression, without a safety net.

Duke even though a successful investment counselor was also stung by the gambling bug but has now made up his mind to stop gambling when his long suffering wife Alice, Martha Hyer,threaten to leave him if he doesn't! It soon came as a shock to Duke in that his kid brother Chuck was just as sick and degenerate a gambler as him and his old man who behind Duke's back has also getting into gambling and has been extremely successfully at it!

Trying to teach Chuck a lesson and get him to stop gambling Duke arranges a game of poker with a number of top gamblers in town hoping that, in getting beating and beaten badly,in the end it would cure him of his gambling addiction. Duke could have never been more wrong in his life!

Instead of losing his shirt Chuck ends up almost wiping out the entire group of gamblers of their cash that in desperation,to keep Chuck from getting killed, Duke himself rushes over to the gambling table leaving his wife Alice, whom he promised he would quit gambling, alone in the house. With just Duke and Chuck going head to head, by then everyone else folded, in the what turned out to be the card game to end all card games the odds and winning hands started to slowly turn against him. It become evident that Chuck despite his inexperience is going to clobber his big brother who only wants to win the money back that Chuck had won,fair and square, from his fellow gamblers and give it back to them in order to prevent Chuck from getting murdered.

***SPOILERS**** Seeing that theirs no way that he could beat Chuck, who seems to have all the luck in the world, Duke resorts to trickery by sneaking in a marked deck of cards to finally put and end to Chuck's almost unbelievable winning streak. Wiped out by big brother Duke of his own as well as all the money that he won, which must have been well over $200,000.00, Chuck had finally leaned his lesson and quit the gambling racket for good. In the end it was Duke who had to pay the piper or the gamblers for his brother Chucks sins. Not that it's a sin to win in playing cards like Chuck did, which the sour loser gamblers were more then willing to murder him for, but even far worse in cheating at the card table. Something that Duke did in saving Chuck's life at the cost of his own! And even in Duke giving back all his winnings to the beaten gamblers still wasn't enough to prevent that from happening.

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