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Richard Paine decides to steal money from his boss that he has owed him for months, and it turns into an unnecessary and ironic murder.


Robert Stevens


Francis M. Cockrell (teleplay) (as Francis Cockrell), Cornell Woolrich (story)

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Alfred Hitchcock ... Himself - Host
Skip Homeier ... Richard Paine
Joanne Woodward ... Beth Paine
Ken Christy Ken Christy ... A.T. Burroughs
Henry Hunter Henry Hunter ... Finance Company Agent
Mike Ragan ... Cab Driver
William Newell William Newell ... Charlie (as Billy Newell)
Frank Kreig Frank Kreig ... Martin the Janitor (as Frank Krieg)
Harry Tyler ... Apartment Hunter
Jack Tesler Jack Tesler ... Newspaper Man
Dorothy Crehan Dorothy Crehan ... Woman
Don Dillaway ... Policeman
Patricia Knox ... Woman at Bus Stop
John Lehman John Lehman ... Man at Bus Stop (as John Lehmann)
Joe Gilbert Joe Gilbert ... Motorist (as Joseph Gilbert)


After his boss tells him the firm is close to bankruptcy, Dick Paine agrees to work for half pay. Dick is nagged by his wife Beth into standing up for himself. He goes to his boss and demands the money he has not been paid. His boss refuses to give him the money and Dick must resort to murder. Written by Anonymous

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Release Date:

24 June 1956 (USA) See more »

Company Credits

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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One of the few episodes where Hitchcock does not end with "goodnight". See more »


Alfred Hitchcock: It seems to me that television is exactly like a gun. Your enjoyment of it is determined by which end of it you're on.
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The Wife Can Handle It
18 June 2007 | by dougdoepkeSee all my reviews

Though the ending proves nicely ironical, the episode itself remains curiously flat. Young husband Skip Homeier wants to join the urban rat-race since he and long-suffering wife Joanne Woodward are perilously in debt. But he has no luck finding employment. Desperate, he goes to collect money still owed him from an old employer. Unfortunately, events plunge into a downslide from that point on-- hence, the title "Momentum".

Homeier made his mark playing ruthless young punks, and is well-cast since he can generate the appearance of a bomb about to go off . And looking like the little Dutch boy, Woodward plays her part of the drab housewife with an appropriate lack of color. So why does the entry lack excitement or suspense once the plot thickens. I expect it's because director Robert Stevens never gets the material to gel in an involving way. We remain spectators to the drama rather than participants. I can't help noticing the segment was made in 1955, but wasn't aired until mid-'56 and as the last episode of that season. To me, that suggests the producers too were disappointed with the results. All in all-- of interest to fans of early Woodward

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