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Fran is a housewife addicted to gambling and has to repay a $25 loan by 5 o'clock that afternoon.


James Neilson


Irving Elman (teleplay), Henry Slesar (story)

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Episode complete credited cast:
Alfred Hitchcock ... Himself - Host
Jan Sterling ... Fran Holland
David Opatoshu ... Mr. Cooney
Karl Swenson ... Ed Holland
Carl Betz ... Store Detective
Linda Watkins ... Lila Shank
J. Anthony Hughes ... Man at Bus Stop
Bill Baucom Bill Baucom ... Man at Bus Stop
Sondra Rodgers Sondra Rodgers ... Elegant Lady
Tharon Crigler Tharon Crigler ... Miss Reid--Saleslady
Mike Ragan ... Detective


Fran is a housewife addicted to gambling. Her bookie threatens to tell her husband if she doesn't pay up a loan by five o'clock that afternoon. She needs to raise 25 dollars fast. She manages to scrape up five dollars and then tries to shoplift the rest. She is caught by a store detective. As they drive off in his car the detective listens to her story and offers her twenty dollars in exchange for a little romance. She refuses and the car crashes. She flees the scene of the accident but accidentally leaves her purse and the money. She returns home and is surprised to have her purse returned by the police. It now contains twenty dollars which they found in the car and assumed was hers. She now has enough money to pay off the loan. After her husband calls to say that he must go to Washington on business, Fran calls her bookie. Instead of paying him the money she tells him to put twenty-five dollars on a horse named Washington Flyer. Written by Anonymous

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Release Date:

16 February 1958 (USA) See more »

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Shamley Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Alfred Hitchcock - Host: [reading the scale he's standing on] Will one of you, please, get off?
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Featured in In the Master's Shadow: Hitchcock's Legacy (2008) See more »

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Quite Engaging but Predictable
27 June 2013 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

This is a story of addiction. It's about a young housewife who has apparently been diagnosed with a gambling addiction. To the point where her husband has given her an ultimatum, stop the gambling or our marriage is over. She needs 25 dollars to pay off a bookie who will betray her to her husband. She ends up literally begging on the street. The fare for a bus trip is 15 cents and she pretends to have forgotten her purse. People oblige her but it is a slow process. Along comes Carl Betz who impersonates a police officer and takes her a way. He is, of course, after something else. He propositions her, offering her the 20 dollars she needs. They have an accident which she has caused, and while he is unconscious she races from the scene. The young woman is pathetic and certainly believable in most respects. She is an addict. It's interesting that in 1958 it was already referred to as a disease. The conclusion is pretty easy to figure out if you've watched enough of these. Still, it's nicely paced and keeps our interest to the very end.

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