Alfred Hitchcock Presents: Season 6, Episode 13

The Man Who Found the Money (27 Dec. 1960)

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A teacher reports to the police that he found 92,000 dollars in a clip, amid claims that 10,000 dollars of the money is missing.

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Arthur Hill ...
William Benson
Rod Cameron ...
Mr. Newsome
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Captain Bone
Lucy Prentis ...
Elaine Purdy
Clancy Cooper ...
A.J. Meecham
Baynes Barron ...
Mr. Lent
Mark Allen ...
Desk Sergeant
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In a Las Vegas casino parking lot, William Benson stumbles across a money clip containing $92,000. Benson decides to do the right thing and try to find the owner. He advises the police of what he's found and places an ad in a local paper. The police are already aware of the loss, but the amount lost was reported as $102,000. The owner claims the money and offers Benson and his wife a week's free stay at the hotel he owns. He seems unconcerned about the missing $10,000, so Benson has nothing to worry about. Or does he? Written by garykmcd

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The $92,000 found by William Benson in 1960 had the same purchasing power as $666,000 in 2009. See more »

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Virtue is its own Reward
26 March 2008 | by (Claremont,USA) – See all my reviews

Interesting, but rather tame, one-note entry. While vacationing in Las Vegas, Arthur Hill stumbles across large wad of money in a parking lot. After counting the amount, $92,000, he secures it in a bank lock-box and reports the find to authorities. Eventually the money's owner shows up.

Since there's no action nor much plot development, the actors carry the burden. Hill is thoroughly convincing as the honest well-intentioned professor, winning audience sympathy from the outset, while the two other principals, RG Armstrong and Rod Cameron, are also excellent.

Note how the script draws out certain sequences, such as the waiting in the sheriff's office, no doubt to help fill the show's running time. However, we're never bored since we wonder what's happened to the $10,000 that seems to be missing from the original amount. The climax is chilling, especially when you ask yourself what you would do in Hill's place.

(In passing-- Hitchcock Presents was an unusual series for its era. Unlike other dramatic shows, it did not present a series of predictable morality plays in which virtue is rewarded and evil punished. That may not have pleased moralists, but it did make for more fascinating and realistic viewing because audiences could never be sure how a particular entry would end. The Man Who Found the Money is a good example.)


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