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Gangster Dan Varrell, just released from prison, goes looking for the woman he holds responsible for his brother's death.


Justus Addiss


Fred Freiberger (teleplay), Richard Carr (teleplay) (as Dick Carr) | 1 more credit »

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Episode complete credited cast:
Alfred Hitchcock ... Himself - Host
Gene Barry ... Dan Varrel
Nancy Gates ... Lois Williams
Maxine Cooper ... Mary
Peter Adams Peter Adams ... Tim Grady
Elisha Cook Jr. ... Shorty
Paul Bryar ... Lou Henry
Edit Angold Edit Angold ... Hilda
Virginia Christine ... Model
Ralph Montgomery Ralph Montgomery ... Drunk
Billy Wayne Billy Wayne ... Bartender


Dan has just been released from prison, and Lois is terrified. While he was behind bars, Dan's brother was shot and killed while trying to escape from the police, because Lois had told the police where he was hiding. Everyone whom Lois asks for help knows that Dan holds her responsible, and will not help her. So Dan confronts her in her room alone, prepared to kill her no matter how hard she begs for mercy. Dan is then baffled when Lois tells him to go ahead, since she is in despair and has nothing to live for. Written by Snow Leopard

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Release Date:

6 November 1955 (USA) See more »

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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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"Are you really happy now?"
4 February 2009 | by ackstasisSee all my reviews

The best episode since the Hitchcock-directed pilot, "Salvage" (Season 1, Episode 6) is an excellent addition to series. Television has always been a distinct artistic medium from film, mostly with regards to running times. While sitcoms or TV dramas may have hours to develop characters and plot lines, anthology series such as "Alfred Hitchcock Presents" had just under thirty minutes to unfold a complete standalone story. In many cases, as in "Don't Come Back Alive" (Season 1, Episode 4), this restriction hindered the quality, but here it serves as a positive. "Salvage" jumps full-swing into its story, with its shifty female protagonist (Nancy Gates) already fearing the arrival of a paroled gangster (Gene Barry, his second appearance in the series) whose brother she betrayed to the authorities. It's this sort of efficient storytelling that produces the best half-hour episodes – most of the characters' back-story can be filled in automatically by the viewer, allowing a considerable amount of drama to unfold in an otherwise limited running-time.

Both of the leads deliver strong performances. Nancy Gates, not an actress I'm familiar with, convincingly plays a shivering emotional wreck, a wretched woman who both understands and accepts that her time is up. Usually, a leading lady can be expected to be innocent and virtuous (as was Patricia Hitchcock in the previous episode, "Into Thin Air"), but Lois Williams is pretty much rotten from the beginning, a cowardly and unrepentant opportunist. Is this the developing mould of Marion Crane, an anti-heroine who deserved everything she got? Gene Barry has an excellent presence, a smouldering ex-convict who's always contemplating his next move. Also look out for film noir stalwart Elisha Cook Jr. as a ratty criminal associate. Hitchcock has some fun in the episode introduction, taking the viewer on a "behind the scenes" tour of the television studio, and narrowly avoiding being pulverised by a heavy object. Hitchcock's droll sense of humour would be the death of him!

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