Alfred Hitchcock Presents: Season 2, Episode 24

The Cream of the Jest (10 Mar. 1957)

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Broken-down actor Charles Gresham,with a weakness for booze, demands that playwright Wayne Campbell give him a part. When Campbell refuses, Gresham resorts to blackmail.

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Nick Roper
Joan Banks ...
Lee
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Don Garrett ...
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Charles Hanover Gresham is a broken-down old actor whose bar tab is so steep the bartender won't even serve him another drink. Gresham learns that the playwright, Wayne Campbell, is auditioning actors for a new play. He begs Campbell for a part, but his old colleague has no use for this unreliable has-been. Gresham resorts to blackmail. Since Campbell won't give him a part, he demands an "annuity" or he'll reveal Campbell's secret past. Campbell has another idea. Written by J. Spurlin

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[first lines]
Jerry the Bartender: [to a customer] Thank you.
Charles Gresham: Hello, Jerry. How fresh and dewy you look.
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i disagree with the other reviewers
1 September 2013 | by (earth) – See all my reviews

there is no reason why this shouldn't get 10. if one thinks about the links in it and the logicalness of it thoroughly, one can find that there are answers and that it is a good story. for the shortsighted, however, who cannot see these answers, that says nothing about the piece, but only about their lack of insight. I challenge the watchers of this to think deeply about how it all fits together. I will not go into detail, because it would be too long. suffice it to say that in my opinion the other people who reviewed it and said "contrived," and "sub-standard Hitchcock," did not really understand it in all its ability to be understood. bottom line, I guess those who will understand it, will, and those who won't, won't. sorry I am not going to explain it for you. think about it. try and put the pieces together. if you think about it well enough, you will put the pieces together, and end up appreciating it. that's where I ended up, and it was a pleasure to get there.


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