Alfred Hitchcock Presents: Season 1, Episode 19

The Derelicts (5 Feb. 1956)

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Inventor Ralph Cowell murders his silent partner Alfred, only to be blackmailed by vagrant Peter Goodfellow, who witnessed the crime.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Himself - Host
Phillip Reed ...
Ralph Cowell (as Philip Reed)
Peggy Knudsen ...
Robert Foulk ...
Cyril Delevanti ...


A year ago, Mr. Sloane lent Ralph the money he needed to develop and market a new invention, in return for 50% of the profits. Now Sloane calls Ralph to ask for his share, but Ralph has spent all of his earnings on his attractive, materialistic wife. When Sloane insists on payment, Ralph kills him in a park and takes his wallet, expecting to recover the IOU he had written. But the murder is witnessed by a vagrant, who also recovers the IOU in Sloane's cigarette case. The vagrant and a friend come to confront Ralph, demanding heavy payment in return for their silence. Written by Snow Leopard

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The two crooks in this episode are played by Johnny Silver, born John Silver, with a height of 1.51 m rather short, and by Robert Newton, whose best known role was that of the pirate Long John Silver in Treasure Island. See more »

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He Killed the Wrong Person
8 October 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A successful inventor and businessman can't keep up with the needs of his expensive trophy wife. She gets furs and jewelry and she is bankrupting him, even though he makes a lot of money. One night he goes to see the silent partner that originally bankrolled him. Because he is cash poor, he is unable to pay the money owed. This man came to his aid in a time of crisis, yet he stiffs him, in more ways than one. Unfortunately for him, Robert Newton (Long John Silver), a derelict sees him. Another factor is an IOU that is left at the crime scene. It would implicate the young inventor. It then becomes about blackmail. This man and his partner, a little weasel, actually move into the lush apartment. The wife, who turns out to be as bad as these guys, must bide her time. Unfortunately for our hero, some mistakes are made along the way that he must deal with. The wife is the best character in the whole thing. She is mean and grasping and without any moral turpitude. Newton is really good too, hamming it up something fierce.

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