Alfred Hitchcock Presents: Season 4, Episode 30

A Night with the Boys (10 May 1959)

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When a husband fakes being a victim of a robbery to hide his gambling loses, the police still produce a suspect.

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Himself - Host
John Smith ...
Irving Randall
Joyce Meadows ...
Frances Randall
Sam Buffington ...
Smalley
Joe De Santis ...
Police Lieutenant
David Carlile ...
Manny
Buzz Martin ...
Whitey
Dick Nelson ...
Beat Cop
Bill Kruse ...
Card Player (as William D. Kruse)
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After Irving Randall loses his weekly paycheck in a poker game with friends from work, he can't bear to tell his wife the truth so he tells her he was mugged on his way home. The tale gets complicated when she insists that he report it to the police. The police subsequently inform however him that they have arrested the mugger and return his money to him. It's only the next day when he finally figures out exactly what is going on. Written by garykmcd

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Poetic Justice
11 November 2011 | by (Claremont,USA) – See all my reviews

Nice young husband (Smith) loses week's paycheck to bullying boss in a poker game. Embarrassed, he fakes a robbery so his pregnant wife (Meadows) won't know his foolish actions. But then the cops (De Santis) bring in a kid they say did it. So what's nice young husband to do now that he's lied to everyone.

It's a slender story with a mildly ironic payoff. The good thing is we can't tell where the story's going. Smith is excellent as the hesitant young guy, and we sympathize, though his sudden misgivings seem a stretch. Buffington's also persuasive as the obnoxious boss. But make-up should have done a better job with the cut that looks like a plastic paste-on. All in all, an average entry, at best.

(In passing— Catch hipster Hitch doing a jive-talking, bearded beatnik, circa 1959. It's a gas, daddy-o.)


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