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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5 February 1956 (USA)  »

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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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Robert Newton is Just Dazzling!!!
30 March 2012 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

I don't agree that this is one of the better entries in Season One but I was just dazzled by Robert Newton's "I am the whole show - why do you care about the other players" performance!!! From his first appearance his devilish eyes glint and sparkle and he looks at once malevolent and roguish and I almost forgot about the story, I was too busy watching him!!!

The story was about Ralph Cowell whose business partner, Alfred, wants out of the partnership but Cowell, whose mercenary wife is bleeding him dry with her outrageous spending, doesn't have the money to give him. He does have a tie which he uses to strangle Alfred - but there is a witness - a crafty, sly derelict named Mr. Goodfellow (Newton), who is not above blackmail, especially if it provides a roof over his head, plenty of booze on the house and lots of fur coats for him and his equally down and out friend to pawn. Newton is such a delight - his voice taking on an "upper class gent down on his luck" tone. Especially good is the ending - where even though Cowell finally gets rid of them, Goodfellow still has the last laugh!!! In the dictionary, Goodfellow was a "merry domestic sprite, famous for mischievous pranks and practical jokes".

Definitely a 9 for Robert Newton's performance!!

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