Alfred Hitchcock Presents: Season 3, Episode 7

Enough Rope for Two (17 Nov. 1957)

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Joe Kedzie is released from prison after committing a robbery. Only Joe knows where the money is hidden: at the bottom of a mine shaft out in the desert. Maxie and Madge find Joe when he ... See full summary »

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Joe Kedzie is released from prison after committing a robbery. Only Joe knows where the money is hidden: at the bottom of a mine shaft out in the desert. Maxie and Madge find Joe when he goes to retrieve the money. He agrees to cut them in. Maxie gets greedy and Joe shoots him. Unfortunately, he also puts a hole in their only canteen. Joe lowers himself down the mineshaft with a rope to retrieve the money. He ties the money to the rope and sends it up. When he tries to climb out, Madge cuts the rope and he falls and breaks his leg. Madge tries to get away, but discovers that Joe has the keys to the truck. Written by Anonymous

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Madge Griffin: I'll throw the money down again, while you give me the key so I can get you out. Please, Joe, do you want us all to die here? You'll have the money, Joe.
Joe Kedzie: Sure, I'll have it, with a broken leg 40 feet deep in a hole in the desert! And when you come back with somebody else to get it... next week... or next month, I'll be dead, won't I? But I'm gonna die a lot easier than you. I'm gonna die down here where it's dark and cool. I'm not gonna die with the sun burning into that white skin. I'm not ...
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Three Rattlers in a Desert Pit
30 October 2009 | by (Claremont,USA) – See all my reviews

More a straight melodrama than creepy Hitchcock fare. Still, the entry does generate some suspense, and from a fine cast of Brodie, Hagen, and Hill. Seems the three stole 100 grand, but instead of splitting it as planned, the cagey Hill hid the money, while the devious Brodie tipped off the cops. As a result, Hill spent 10 years in the pokey, while Brodie and Hagen wait to find out where the loot is. Nothing has worked out the way they planned, including Brodie's double-cross. In the meantime, an opportunistic Hagen has transferred her affections from the jailed Hill to the treacherous Brodie. What a threesome! Now Hill's out of jail and needs help in getting the loot from a mineshaft deep in the desert. Unwisely, he turns to Brodie and Hagen. Of course, nobody can be trusted as they head off together into the desert and the 100 grand, at the same time, we wonder what will happen. With these unholy characters, anything is possible

All in all, it's a rather grim entry—just count the smiles. Hill is excellent as the sullen patsy, while Hagen looks like a gal who's seen better days. Not many of these early half-hours featured outdoor locations; however this one does. And for a series entry, the camera shots from the mineshaft bottom are especially well done. Nothing special here, just a good engrossing tale of greed and treachery, with a strong ironical ending.


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