Alfred Hitchcock Presents: Season 2, Episode 9

Crack of Doom (25 Nov. 1956)

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A no-limit game of poker brings a real estate man to the brink of ruin.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Himself - Host
Mason Bridges
Robert Middleton ...
Sam Klinker
Gail Kobe ...
Jessie Bridges
Dayton Lummis ...
Tom Ackley
Gavin Gordon ...
Card Player
Kay Stewart ...
Secretary Della
Francis De Sales ...
Card Player (as Francis de Sales)
Pierre Watkin ...
Keith Britton ...
Jess Kirkpatrick ...
Card Player
Alan Reynolds ...
Card Player


In the club car of a New York-Chicago streamliner, Mason Bridges adamantly refuses his friends' request to join him in the next car for a game of penny-ante. One of the friends presses him about this refusal, and Mason tells him a story of the time he had unwittingly become a thief. Years before, he was an office manager for a real-estate firm. An unpleasant business associate named Sam Klinker gives him $10,000 to put in the company safe--and then invites him to a no-limit game of poker. Circumstances conspire to bring Mason Bridges to the brink of ruin. And a single card will make all the difference. Written by J. Spurlin

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25 November 1956 (USA)  »

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[first lines]
Tom Ackley: Can I get you a fresh one, Mason?
Mason Bridges: Uh, no thanks.
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10 November 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is an excellent tale of suspense. It is told in flashback by Robert Horton to a fellow traveler. It has to do with his gambling addiction. Horton has the gambling disease and finds himself in a game he cannot afford to be in. Unfortunately, he has access to money that doesn't belong to him. It's one of those winner-take-all situations. The beauty of the episode is that the camera and the director do a masterful job of pacing the thing and leading us to the inevitable conclusion. Horton, who I think was a cowboy star at one time, does a nice job as the tired, driven, frightened man, who has to throw it out there. There is also a subplot concerning his wife, who has been gambling with oil stocks, hoping to get rich. He finds himself in an untenable situation. This is one of the best of the "Presents" episodes.

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