Alfred Hitchcock Presents: Season 1, Episode 39

Momentum (24 Jun. 1956)

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Richard Paine decides to steal money from his boss that he owes him anyway, and it turns to a unnecessary and ironic murder.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Himself - Host
Skip Homeier ...
Richard Paine
Beth Paine
Ken Christy ...
A.T. Burroughs
Henry Hunter ...
Finance Company Agent
Mike Ragan ...
Cab Driver
William Newell ...
Charlie (as Billy Newell)
Frank Kreig ...
Martin the Janitor (as Frank Krieg)
Harry Tyler ...
Apartment Hunter
Jack Tesler ...
Newspaper Man
Dorothy Crehan ...
Don Dillaway ...
Patricia Knox ...
Woman at Bus Stop
John Lehman ...
Man at Bus Stop (as John Lehmann)
Joe Gilbert ...
Radio Announcer (as Joseph Gilbert)


After his boss tells him the firm is close to bankruptcy, Dick Paine agrees to work for half pay. Dick is nagged by his wife Beth into standing up for himself. He goes to his boss and demands the money he has not been paid. His boss refuses to give him the money and Dick must resort to murder. Written by Anonymous

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24 June 1956 (USA)  »

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Nice to See Joanne Woodward
30 October 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is one of those episodes where you would like to crawl into the screen and start straightening things out. First of all, the husband is, in many ways, about as wimpy as you can get. They have no food, but he doesn't have the guts to talk to a man who owes him dearly. He would rather get himself involved in a convoluted plot to get the money, breaking and entering and destroying his life in the process. It's a bit much. I noticed that when this episode is written about, the Joanne Woodward character is described as a nagging wife. Other than quietly urging him to be a man and take care of his family, she is much kinder that she needs to be. With the death of Paul Neuman, it was nice to see his wife in some of her earlier work. Anyway, about all the young man has left is to run away, no plan, no end in mind. She tries to stay with him. Unfortunately, there is an even bigger fly in the ointment.

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