Alfred Hitchcock Presents: Season 2, Episode 11

The Better Bargain (9 Dec. 1956)

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A middle-aged mobster suspects his young wife is cheating on him. He gets in touch with Harry Silver, the best hitman in the business.

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Louis Koster is a middle-aged mobster, now running a more-or-less legitimate business and enjoying a beautiful young wife. That is, until he suspects his wife of having an affair. A mousy little private eye confirms it. Now the only thing Louis "The King" Koster has left to do is hire Harry Silver. Silver is the best hitman in the business, but his price may come too high. Written by J. Spurlin

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Baldy: King?
Louis Koster: Yes?
Baldy: Cutter's here again.
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The snows of yesteryear
13 July 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Robert Middleton is back (he appeared just a couple of episodes ago) as a man who suspects that his much younger wife is having an affair. He has hired a private investigator (an unassuming man, "like a bug on a patch of grass") and soon hires a killer (a smooth one).

A lot of the fun is the conversation between the investigator and our protagonist, who doesn't get the poetic references. Francois Villon is name-checked and quoted. When the wife appears, she's wearing a stunning hat. It looks like leaves or feathers are sticking out of the sides. She seems a bit spoiled, wanting him to buy her a car.

I didn't see the ending coming, but this, to me, is less about twists than about characters. It's also entirely in one room, with the protagonist always there and the others coming and going.


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