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Alfred Hitchcock Presents - The Cream of the Jest


"The Cream of the Jest" was originally broadcast on 10/Mar/1957 as part of the second season of Alfred Hitchcock Presents.


Charles Gresham is an unemployed actor in need of money. He learns that producer Wayne Campbell is involved with a new play. When Campbell does not give him a part, Gresham blackmails him. Campbell gives him money and even a part in the play as a blackmailer. To get the part, Gresham tells Campbell that he must audition for an important backer named Nick Roper. Gresham goes to Roper and delivers his lines, but is shot dead. In reality, Roper was a gangster who had nothing to do with the play and thought Gresham was trying to blackmail him. (TV.com)

DVD Releases

The following official DVD releases contain this episode:

9065.gif Alfred Hitchcock Presents: Season Two - Universal (UK, 2007)
Amazon (UK)
PAL 1.33:1
9058.gif Alfred Hitchcock Presents: Season Two - Universal (USA, 2006)
Amazon (USA)
NTSC 1.33:1

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