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Number Twenty-Two 

Young robber Steve Morgan is in jail for his first offense and too cocky for his own good.


Robert Stevens


Joel Murcott (teleplay), Evan Hunter (story)

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Episode complete credited cast:
Alfred Hitchcock ... Himself - Host
Russell Collins ... Skinner #21
Rip Torn ... Steve Morgan #22
Ray Teal ... Chief of Detectives
James Nolan ... Officer Bourne
Paul Picerni ... Assissi #19
Robert Ross Robert Ross ... (as Bob Ross)
Charles Watts Charles Watts ... Franklin
Peter Leeds Peter Leeds ... Custodian
Michael Ross Michael Ross ... Jailer (as Mike Ross)
Martin Wilkins Martin Wilkins ... Reporter
Hugh Sanders ... Booking Officer


Young Steve Morgan seems almost happy that he's been arrested and taken to jail. Now, maybe the guys at the pool hall will take him seriously. He just hopes that when his stick-up hits the papers, it doesn't come out that he used a toy gun. His cell-mate, much older and much more experienced, warns him against being too cocky. Jail is serious. And the next day's line-up will prove it. The kid doesn't pay attention. But it won't be long before Steve Morgan's flippant remarks begin to catch in his throat. Written by J. Spurlin

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jail | line up | toy gun | gun | cell mate | See All (21) »







Release Date:

17 February 1957 (USA) See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Shamley Productions See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Hitchcock is processed by the police in the opening scene and stands in front of a height-measuring wall chart. The announcer lists Hitchcock's height as 5 feet, 6 inches. However, the chart clearly shows that the top of his head actually reaches the 5 feet 10 inches tall mark. See more »


[first lines]
Kelly: Hold it, kid!
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Crazy Credits

In his post-show remarks, Hitchcock called the subject of this episode - juvenile delinquency - a grave national crisis, too serious a subject for jokes. This is one of the very few times that Hitchcock ended the show on a serious note instead of his usual flippant remarks. See more »


References Notorious (1946) See more »

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Number 22
24 July 2013 | by Thomas W___See all my reviews

I think this is one of the better episodes of the series. It's a change of pace, more of a moral lesson than a tale of mystery and suspense (Hitch's closing is unusually serious). Rip Torn is unrecognizable to me as a cocky young hood who wishes to be more of a crook than he really is. He's ashamed that he used a toy gun in his crime, even though a real gun would have gotten him into more trouble. His older cell mate may have been like that once, but time has humbled him. Can he make the younger man understand?

I'm not sure if I comprehend the questioning of the suspects. Was this forum invented just for the story? If so, that's OK, as it adds drama. For all that, there's still a twist ending.

As many episodes as they had to produce, it's nice when the series tries to do something different, even nicer when they knock it out of the park.

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