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The Horse Player 

Father Amion discovers that the large amounts of money turning up on the collection plate come from a grateful horse player who has hit a winning streak.



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Episode cast overview:
Mr. Cheever
William Newell ...
Second Bank Teller
David Carlile ...
First Bank Teller
Ada Murphy ...
Elderly Woman
Bishop Cannon


Father Amian's church isn't in very good shape and needs an expensive new roof. At a mid-week service, a stranger leaves a $10 bill in the collection plate. The stranger becomes a regular attendee and continues to make generous donations. Turns out the stranger, Mr. Sheridan, has taken to praying for winners and since doing so has had nothing but success at the track, winning bet after bet. Sheridan convinces Father Amian to place a bet on a sure thing and Amian regrets his rash act as soon as it's done. Feelings guilty, he prays for the horse not to win, but with a surprising conclusion. Written by garykmcd

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14 March 1961 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Alfred Hitchcock - Host: The sponsor is being unusually difficult about this matter of the horse costume. I've explained the labor-saving advantages of employing a real horse to the work of two men, but he is so enchanted with this pun of his on the word "horseplayer" that he insists on having it out with me. I shall be back shortly. It will only take a minute to put him in his place.
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24 October 2017 | by See all my reviews

From the very beginning, the name Damon Runyon jumped to mind. I love these kinds of stories, told in this manner. And how can you go wrong with Claude Rains? And I shouldn't forget Percy Helton. This priest in poverty-stricken Parrish gets drawn into something he shouldn't be doing. Not for his own gain. But to help his Parrish, and his church. And he finds himself in the position to have to have to work against his own interests. But there's a BIG twist. Like I said Runyonesque in ending and characters.

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