Alfred Hitchcock Presents: Season 4, Episode 21

Relative Value (1 Mar. 1959)

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John Manbridge likes the good things in life, including betting on the horses. With no real means of support, he's taken to forging cheques in his cousin, Felix Manbridge's account. Felix ... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview:
Himself - Host
John Manbridge (as Denholm Elliot)
Torin Thatcher ...
Felix Edward Manbridge
Tom Conway ...
Frederick Worlock ...
Mr. Betts (as Frederic Worlock)
Walter Burke ...
Benny (as Walter L. Burke)
John Trayne ...
Tom Crockett
Barry Harvey ...
Constable Longdon
Arthur Gould-Porter ...
Police Sgt. (as A.E. Gould-Porter)
Molly Glessing ...
Mrs. Simpson


John Manbridge likes the good things in life, including betting on the horses. With no real means of support, he's taken to forging cheques in his cousin, Felix Manbridge's account. Felix knows what is going on and warns his cousin that should it happen again, he would have no option but to prosecute. In any event, Felix reminds him that with his own current state of ill-health, John will soon inherit everything. John decides to accelerate the process, not realizing that Felix has decided to do the same, with unintended consequences. Written by garykmcd

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1 March 1959 (USA)  »

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[first lines]
Felix Edward Manbridge: [holding a 50-pound forged check] A hundred pounds? It's out of the question! And I'm astonished at your having the nerve to ask for it - on top of this! John, don't you realize that your signing my name to a check is forgery?
John Manbridge: You needn't blame me for that! I wouldn't have done it, if I had any alternative!
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Neat Double Twist
7 April 2011 | by (Claremont,USA) – See all my reviews

Wastrel John Manbridge has written a couple of bad checks on his cousin Felix's account. Fed up, Felix threatens to turn him in if there's another. Trouble is that John's already written another, so what's he to do.

Really neat double twist distinguishes this otherwise routine entry. Elliot is perfect as the gentleman n'er-do-well,so good at scheming but not so good at betting on the horses. It's an all-British cast, including expatriate Tom Conway, then unfortunately on the alcoholic downgrade. The episode's setting, according to the checks written, is 1930 and I'm not sure why since it makes no obvious difference to the story. Anyway, I thought I had the twist figured, which I did, except they went me two twists better. See how you fare.

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