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The Dusty Drawer 

A professor is convinced his boarding housemate (a bank teller) stole $200 from his bank deposit, the teller vehemently denies it. He wants his money back, and employs a series of pranks to challenge the tellers' sanity - but to what end?


Herschel Daugherty


Harry Miles Muheim (story) (as Harry Muheim), Halsted Welles (teleplay)

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Episode cast overview:
Alfred Hitchcock ... Himself - Host
Dick York ... Norman Logan
Philip Coolidge ... William Tritt
Wilton Graff ... Mr. Pinkson
J. Pat O'Malley ... Colonel Binns
Almira Sessions ... Mrs. Merrell
Charity Grace Charity Grace ... Mrs. Bradford
Edgar Dearing ... Lewis
Barry Brooks Barry Brooks ... Toy store salesman


Norman Logan and William Tritt both live in the same boarding house. Tritt is a teller at a local bank and Logan is a professor, who is convinced that Tritt cheated him out of $200 on a deposit he made almost a year ago. Since that time Logan has been harassing Tritt, attempting to get him to admit to the theft, but to no avail. Logan then hatches a plot to challenge Tritts' sanity, and discredit him in the eyes of the bank manager. Logan accidentally discovers an unused, virtually hidden drawer in the desk used for seated transactions at the bank, and as Tritt comes to help him with his bonds, the light bulb over Logans' head has switched on, and he races out to get what he needs to put his plan into action - he buys a fake gun, returns to the bank, and demands $10,000 from Tritt, but by the time Tritt has raised the alarm, Logan has slipped the gun into the hidden desk drawer. He continues upping his antics with the increasingly rattled teller, until Logan is satisfied with the ... Written by garykmcd/edited by canadazbest

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Release Date:

31 May 1959 (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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Purposely Silly
15 March 2013 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

Once in a while, the series just launched into silliness. This plot involves a supposedly wronged man played by Dick York, later of the show "Bewitched." York's character launches a full frontal assault on a fellow boarding house bank teller whom he feels cheated him out of two hundred dollars. The mans failure to acquiesce leads to a series of efforts by York to destroy him. His set ups result in the poor man embarrassing himself time after time. We never know if there ever was an inciting incident (the two hundred dollars) but we are expected to sympathize with York's Captain Ahab. I just couldn't do it. The bank teller is so badly treated that I couldn't overcome the tongue in cheek portrayal. Is two hundred dollars enough incentive to destroy a man's life and cause him to live in fear. Of course, I'm overreacting to an old TV show.

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