To pay for his wife's operation, Mr. Crabtree takes a job working for the mysterious Mr. X, who asks him to manage a job involving a blackmailer.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Alfred Hitchcock - Host
Mr. Crabtree
Mr. X
Laura Crabtree
Ruth Swanson ...
Mrs. Brown
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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Release Date:

1 April 1956 (USA)  »

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(RCA Sound Recording)

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1.33 : 1
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Mr. Crabtree is astonished that the job would pay $100.00 a week. After adjusting for inflation that would be equivalent to $885.00 in 2016. See more »


Mr. X: I envy you, Mr. Crabtree. I deeply envy you. You have emotions. I'm entirely devoid of feeling.
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Spare, but Solid
18 March 2016 | by (Claremont,USA) – See all my reviews

Well, it's all pretty mysterious. Middle-age unemployed Crabtree (note the name) with a sick wife suddenly gets a lucrative job. All he has to do is sit in a tiny office, copy corporation names, and mail the list each week to a box office. So who cares that his employer remains anonymous as does the purpose of the list. Is he being set up, but if so, for what.

Qualen's perfect as Crabtree, just the right inoffensive look and manner. Greene too shines, with his commanding look and demeanor, even without a Bonanza hairpiece. Good also to see regulars like Baer and Atterbury pick up a payday, even for brief walk-on's. In fact, had I looked closer at the cast list I might have figured out the upshot. Incidentally, note how Director Neilson ups suspense by withholding a facial view of Mr. X. The storyline is pretty spare, but the 30-minutes remains a solid Hitch entry, with Crabtree's inspired final line.

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