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One Grave Too Many 

"One Grave Too Many" is an episode of Alfred Hitchcock Presents starring Alfred Hitchcock, Neile Adams, and Jeremy Slate. Joe Helmer is having serious financial problems. He's been out of work for some time and his unemployment insurance has run out. Walking home after unsuccessfully trying to get a loan, he ... See full summary »

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... Himself - Host
... Irene Helmer
... Joe Helmer
... Lieutenant Bates
... Mr. Pickett
David Carlile ... Patrolman
Tyler McVey ... Desk Sergeant
Paul Bradley ... The Elderly Gentleman
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Joe Helmer is having serious financial problems. He's been out of work for some time and his unemployment insurance has run out. Walking home after unsuccessfully trying to get a loan, he comes across a well-to-do gent, apparently dead on the sidewalk. Joe takes the man's wallet and flees. It's only when he gets home that he finds a revealing note in the man's wallet. Written by garykmcd

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22 May 1960 (USA)  »

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Howard McNear, most famous for his role as "Floyd the barber" on The Andy Griffith Show, appears here as Mr. Pickett. See more »

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The Wages Of Sloth
30 September 2017 | by See all my reviews

The poorly titled Hitchcock show One Grave Too Many has nothing whatsoever to do with graves, but aside from that it's an outstanding entry in the series, and it could be used as an example of how long running anthology series from television's golden age kept running: quality control. This one isn't great but it's awfully good.

Adapted from a Henry Slesar story, it's main character, played by Jeremy Slate, is a lazy man with a lovely wife who's been chronically unemployed for a long while and seems to lack the motivation to find a job for himself. Before the first act reaches the half-way point we learn that the electricity of this young couple's apartment has been turned off. That both husband and wife are young and highly attractive raised in my mind the issue of why they didn't become models, but no matter. The subject never came up.

After complaining of bad luck,--despite his wife's telling him bluntly of how many jobs he has refused--hubby tries to secure a loan, and is turned down. Later that night, on his way home, a well dressed man collapses on the sidewalk with Slate's character the only witness. After determining that the man has simply dropped dead, the young man takes his wallet and proceeds home with a made up tale of how he ran into an old army buddy who owed him money, etc.

Elated, and on the verge of taking his wife out for a steak dinner, the man looks into the wallet from which he removed nearly $300 only to discover a note that says the man he took it from was suffering from catalepsy and in all likelihood only looked dead, and please contact his doctor. What transpires as a result of this discovery constitutes one of the best transformations of a character I've seen in the series thus far.

As things turn out, this heretofore seemingly worthless young fellow turns out to have not only a conscience but a heart as well. This was scarcely in evidence early on, as from what we came to learn about him he came across a rather more a borderline villain than a man capable of true heroism. The race is on: can the body of the man who collapsed on the sidewalk be located, and in time to save his life? There are still a few twists and turns left in the story, which is too good to give away the ending of.


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