Alfred Hitchcock Presents: Season 3, Episode 27

Disappearing Trick (6 Apr. 1958)

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A bookie asks womanizing tennis player Walter, who's short on cash, to look up an inactive, high-rolling client. Walter discovers the old gambler died when his sailboat sunk, leaving his ... See full summary »

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A bookie asks womanizing tennis player Walter, who's short on cash, to look up an inactive, high-rolling client. Walter discovers the old gambler died when his sailboat sunk, leaving his beautiful young widow with little money. Sparks fly between Walter and the widow, when he finds out the gambler (Raymond Bailey, The Beverly Hillbillies' banker) placed bets 3 months after the accident. Written by David Stevens

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Himself - Host: I'm inventing a device that should make tennis much more enjoyable. It suddenly raises the net half a foot just as the victor leaps over to offer condolences to the loser. Through it, I hope to add what is lacking in tennis... laughs.
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Two Worthless People
5 July 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is a clash between two people of the most questionable character. They come together when a bookmaker sends Robert Horton to find what happened to one of his customers. It turns out the man has drowned in a boating accident. Now it's the sly byplay between the widow and Horton. There are secrets in play here and that's what they do, "play" each other. While there is a good deal of sexual tension and the acting is good, I need to have some investment in the people involved. We can see the twist a mile away. When the show concluded, I was left with a big "Is that all there is?" I can't imagine any insurance company being so incompetent as to allow this sort of thing to play out.


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