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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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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Jerry the Bartender: [to a customer] Thank you.
Charles Gresham: Hello, Jerry. How fresh and dewy you look.
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Good Cast. Silly Contrived Story!
14 June 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

It was nice to see a couple heavyweights like James Gregory and Claude Rains on the screen. The problem is that they have nothing to work with. When chronic drunken actor Rains seeks out Gregory for an acting job, he is summarily dismissed and sent packing. Gregory sees him at the local watering hole and feels sorry for him. This is awfully sudden. He offers him a job in his play after sobering him up and providing him with a place to sleep. The part is that of a blackmailer. Rains had previously attempted to blackmail Gregory. Rains then makes a terribly mistake in his effort to get the part. All well and good, but we are left with many unanswered question, including Gregory's participation in the events that ultimately occurred. There's no way that he could have predicted what ultimately happened. Anyway, while the episode is pretty slick, it is really quite unsatisfying.


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