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Book Title: Alfred Hitchcock Presents Reward to Finder|
Directors: James Neilson
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Release Date: 1957-11-10
Runtime: 30 min
Stars: Alfred Hitchcock,Jo Van Fleet,Oskar Homolka
IMDb Rating: 7.9
Full movie description "Alfred Hitchcock Presents Reward to Finder":John Gaminsky finds a wallet containing a lot of money. He sees an ad in the paper asking for its return. His wife tells him to give the wallet back, but John lies to her and tells her he already did so. When she sees the ad again, she realizes he kept the cash for himself. She gives him a choice: either let her shop at an expensive store or she'll call the police. John opts for the former. When she goes on a buying spree, however, he realizes there is not enough to share. His wife comes to the same conclusion.
Reviews of the Alfred Hitchcock Presents Reward to FinderReward To Finder is as grand and nasty a Hitchcock half-hour as one is likely to see, and it's set in the streets and shabby rent apartments of lower depths of an American city. It's main character is a junk man who happens upon a wallet containing $5200 on the street. It's good for younger viewers to keep in mind just how much the money the man found would be worth in today's dollars. I'd say over 50K, maybe more. It's a small fortune.
Alas, he's a cheap, mean spirited sort, and he treats his wife badly; and he's secretive and shifty in the bargain. His wife is marginally a better human being, but such niceties as good and bad scarcely figure in the story. Or rather, they're there if one wants to look at it as a moral tale but one can interpret any number of ways, such as a slice of life. It plays rather like a cross between Maxim Gorky and O. Henry, and it feels somewhat European because its central character is European.
There's an underlying sophistication in this episode, which, more than most Hitchcock entries, or most anything on television from the era in which it was made, roughly the middle of the 20th century, is unique in not taking sides, or even in suggesting that "sides" matter. Yes, the issue of whether to return the money to its rightful owner does arise; and yet it's also strongly implied that this has more to due with the fear (of the law) and greed of its two central characters, rather than either of them having anything resembling a moral conscience.
The ending is, for the perceptive viewer, rather telegraphed, and yet this poses little bother to those of us who, once in a awhile anyway, like our drama down and dirty rather than elegant and refined. There is zero elegance in this entry of a TV series that often dealt with, as we nowadays like to say, upscale people. The characters presented in it are as close to down and out as people can be without literally living on the street. In the leading roles, Oscar Homolka and Jo Van Fleet are beyond praise.
That for its entire length that the episode accepted as axiomatic that life is cruel and unfair, that some people are incapable of success, made me want to applaud,--its author, director and producer--not due to any misanthropy on my part but rather the scarcity of truth on television, ever, now or sixty years ago; and the boldness with which the utter despair with which so many of us must cope on a daily basis was presented, with a kind of seedy grandeur.
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