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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We never talk about that side of the family!
28 September 2012 | by (brooklyn NY) – See all my reviews

***SPOILERS*** Near bankrupt thanks to his gold digging wife Herth, Peggy Knudsen, who just about spent him dry businessman and inventor Ralph Cowell, Philip Reed, is now in deep you know what in that his silent partner in a business venture he was in Alfred J. Slone, Cyril Delevanti, now wants the $10,000.00 in capital that he loaned him. Panic stricken and not being himself the mild mannered and non violent Reed ends up strangling Slone in a deserted park and takes off with his wallet. That in Reed thinking that it contains the IOU to Slone that can implicate him in his murder! Well things didn't quite worked out as planned for Reed with derelict Peter J.Goodfellow, Robert Newton, sleeping in the park was awaken by the noise and witnessed Reed murdering Slone. Not only that Goodfellow found the gold cigarette case that Slone dropped that contained the IOU that Reed was looking for!

Tracking Reed down to his penthouse apartment Goodfellow and his horse playing friend Fenton Shanks, Johnny Silver, crash the place and make themselves at home by blackmailing Reed in what they've got on him. Telling his very upset and angry wife Herta that the two freeloaders are a couple of distance relatives who need a place to stay until they find a place to get settled doesn't help him either. She in having her furs and jewelry as well as silverware hocked by the two leaches has just about had it and threatens to leave him if he doesn't throw them out of the apartment.

***SPOILERS*** It's for once that things turn Reed's way in him finding the IOU that both Goodfellow and Fenton had hanging over his head and destroying it. Now free to live his life in peace Reed gets a very unpleasant surprise when it's discovered by the police that among the items that Goodfellow & Fenton hocked at the local pawn shop was the gold cigarette case belonging to murdered Alfred J. Slone that he unknowingly signed for!

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