Alfred Hitchcock Presents: Season 2, Episode 21

Number Twenty-Two (17 Feb. 1957)

TV Episode  |   |  Crime, Drama, Mystery
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Young robber Steve Morgan is in jail for his first offense and too cocky for his own good.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Himself - Host
Russell Collins ...
Skinner #21
Steve Morgan #22
Chief of Detectives
James Nolan ...
Officer Bourne
Assissi #19
Robert Ross ...
(as Bob Ross)
Charles Watts ...
Peter Leeds ...
Michael Ross ...
Jailer (as Mike Ross)
Martin Wilkins ...
Hugh Sanders ...
Booking Officer


Young Steve Morgan seems almost happy that he's been arrested and taken to jail. Now, maybe the guys at the pool hall will take him seriously. He just hopes that when his stick-up hits the papers, it doesn't come out that he used a toy gun. His cell-mate, much older and much more experienced, warns him against being too cocky. Jail is serious. And the next day's line-up will prove it. The kid doesn't pay attention. But it won't be long before Steve Morgan's flippant remarks begin to catch in his throat. Written by J. Spurlin

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17 February 1957 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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[first lines]
Kelly: Hold it, kid!
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Crazy Credits

In his post-show remarks, Hitchcock called the subject of this episode - juvenile delinquency - a grave national crisis, too serious a subject for jokes. This is one of the very few times that Hitchcock ended the show on a serious note instead of his usual flippant remarks. See more »


References Rear Window (1954) See more »

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Number 22
24 July 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I think this is one of the better episodes of the series. It's a change of pace, more of a moral lesson than a tale of mystery and suspense (Hitch's closing is unusually serious). Rip Torn is unrecognizable to me as a cocky young hood who wishes to be more of a crook than he really is. He's ashamed that he used a toy gun in his crime, even though a real gun would have gotten him into more trouble. His older cell mate may have been like that once, but time has humbled him. Can he make the younger man understand?

I'm not sure if I comprehend the questioning of the suspects. Was this forum invented just for the story? If so, that's OK, as it adds drama. For all that, there's still a twist ending.

As many episodes as they had to produce, it's nice when the series tries to do something different, even nicer when they knock it out of the park.

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