Alfred Hitchcock Presents: Season 1, Episode 27

Help Wanted (1 Apr. 1956)

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Mr. Crabtree is grateful to find a new job, until his new employer gives him a most unexpected assignment.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Himself - Host
Mr. Crabtree
Mr. X
Madge Kennedy ...
Laura Crabtree
Ruth Swanson ...
Mrs. Brown
John Harmon ...
Donations Collector
The blackmailer
Police Detective Gryar
Police Officer


Mrs. Crabtree's health is poor, and Mr. Crabtree is out of work, having been let go from his job because his personnel manager thought he had become too old for the work. He receives a call from an employer to whom he had written, and the employer sends his secretary to discuss the job with Crabtree. He begins working in a private office, reviewing financial information and writing reports, but he is baffled by his employer's secretive nature. Then one day he arrives at the office to find his employer waiting for him, with a most unexpected assignment. Written by Snow Leopard

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1 April 1956 (USA)  »

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Mr. X: I envy you, Mr. Crabtree. I deeply envy you. You have emotions. I'm entirely devoid of feeling.
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Only a Pawn in the Game
20 October 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is a bit remindful of Conan-Doyle's "The Red-Headed League." It involves a man who is a bit desperate for employment who takes a job where he goes to work all by himself and carries out his orders. He is confused but his wife is ill and he is always paid right on schedule. He continues to do what is asked of him until one day a man comes to him and asks him to commit a murder. At first he is absolutely opposed to it, but when a large cash settlement is involved it gets him to thinking. He is a little milquetoast and a rule follower, but he has been given a chance to prosper. As it turns out, there are a series of twist from this point on and it has a pretty satisfying ending. This involves one of those moral decisions that many are forced to make at times. It's a good episode that starts slowly and then picks up steam.

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