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Enough Rope for Two 

An ex-convict plans on killing his double crossing partner and maybe his ex-girlfriend, after they help him recover the stolen money he hid.


Paul Henreid


Joel Murcott (teleplay), Clark Howard (story)


Episode complete credited cast:
Alfred Hitchcock ... Self - Host
Jean Hagen ... Madge Griffin
Steven Hill ... Joe Kedzie (as Steve Hill)
Steve Brodie ... Maxie
Don Hix Don Hix ... Storekeeper


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Joe Kedzie is released from prison after committing a robbery. Only Joe knows where the money is hidden: at the bottom of a mine shaft out in the desert. Maxie and Madge find Joe when he goes to retrieve the money. He agrees to cut them in. Maxie gets greedy and Joe shoots him. Unfortunately, he also puts a hole in their only canteen. Joe lowers himself down the mineshaft with a rope to retrieve the money. He ties the money to the rope and sends it up. When he tries to climb out, Madge cuts the rope and he falls and breaks his leg. Madge tries to get away, but discovers that Joe has the keys to the truck. Written by Anonymous

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In the introduction, Hitchcock refers to his infamous quote "actors are cattle", when he says that the story isn't about cowboys and their playmates, because he feels the cow is overrated as a performer. See more »


Madge Griffin: I'll throw the money down again, while you give me the key so I can get you out. Please, Joe, do you want us all to die here? You'll have the money, Joe.
Joe Kedzie: Sure, I'll have it, with a broken leg 40 feet deep in a hole in the desert! And when you come back with somebody else to get it... next week... or next month, I'll be dead, won't I? But I'm gonna die a lot easier than you. I'm gonna die down here where it's dark and cool. I'm not gonna die with the sun burning into that white skin. I'm not ...
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Remade as Alfred Hitchcock Presents: Enough Rope for Two (1986) See more »

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Why Did He Bother With These People?
22 June 2013 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

I know that this series was pretty lightweight most of the time. So maybe it's not fair to criticize the plots for being just plain stupid. Let's see. The guy gets out of prison. He was betrayed by his buddies and gets 10 years. He alone knows where the money is. Where does he go to enlist some help. Back to the woman who two-timed him and the guy who should have shared the punishment. Again, 10 years of waiting and this is the plan he comes up with. Not only that but he puts himself in a position where they can screw him again. Perhaps he could have waited a few days, enlisted a little help from someone for a few bucks and a phony story. Nope, he takes along a cobra in his pants pocket. There is some suspense involved if you can get past what I just said. Of course, once the money is found, his "friends" are going to kill him and take it. What transpires reminded me just a bit of Von Stroheim's masterpiece, "Greed." Although that great film had substance. The acting here is good. Hitchcock managed to get the cream of TV actors of the time. The story is just too fantastic.

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Release Date:

17 November 1957 (USA) See more »

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Shamley Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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