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The Percentage 

Eddie Slovak meets an old Army buddy named Pete who once saved his life. He intends to repay his friend. He offers him money for a business, but Peter refuses. Eddie tries to talk to Pete's... See full summary »

Director:

James Neilson

Writers:

Bernard C. Schoenfeld (teleplay), David Alexander (story)
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Cast

Episode complete credited cast:
Alfred Hitchcock ... Himself - Host
Alex Nicol ... Eddie Slovak
Nita Talbot ... Louise Williams
Don Keefer ... Pete Williams
Carole Mathews ... Faye Slovak
Walter Woolf King ... Mob Boss
Frederick Ford Frederick Ford ... Police Officer
Ralph Barnard Ralph Barnard ... Neighbor
Lillian O'Malley Lillian O'Malley ... Neighbor
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Eddie Slovak meets an old Army buddy named Pete who once saved his life. He intends to repay his friend. He offers him money for a business, but Peter refuses. Eddie tries to talk to Pete's wife Louise. Louise falls for Eddie and the two become romantically involved. Written by Anonymous

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 January 1958 (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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Trivia

The choice of the name Sgt. Eddie Slovak is an interesting choice for the cowardly Sgt. During World War II Private Eddie Slovak was first American soldier shot for a strictly military offense. Slovak admitted and was charged and convicted of desertion He faced a firing squad on January 31, 1945. See more »

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Don't Think About It
25 June 2013 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

This is, to me, one of the most convoluted and unbelievable episodes ever. The whole thing is supposedly a contrivance, a plot to get rid of someone, and yet it depends on the wildest happenstance. We have a gangster type who is at the top of his game as a bag man. He carries around with him an act of cowardice committed in Korea. He decides to call the man who lied for him and made him a hero. He is rich; the other guy is a TV repairman who barely makes ends meet. The percentage, which I guess is how this guy sees his financial dealings, is uneven. He is obsessed with paying this old friend back, but the guy will have none of it. Hence, he develops a relationship with the guy and his wife with the goal of finding a way to get him to accept his charity, thereby evening out the percentage. This is an interesting premise, but the results depend so much on chance and a series of events falling into place that it should fail miserably. A good story relies on moves and counter moves, cover ups and more cover ups and lies. This is just way too slick and cheap.


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