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The Horse Player 

Father Amion discovers that the large amounts of money turning up on the collection plate come from a grateful horse player who has hit a winning streak.


Alfred Hitchcock


Henry Slesar (teleplay by), Henry Slesar (from his story)


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Episode cast overview:
Alfred Hitchcock ... Himself - Host
Claude Rains ... Father Amion
Ed Gardner ... Sheridan
Percy Helton ... Morton
Mike Ragan ... Mr. Cheever
William Newell William Newell ... Second Bank Teller
David Carlile David Carlile ... First Bank Teller
Ada Murphy Ada Murphy ... Elderly Woman
Kenneth MacKenna ... Bishop Cannon


Father Amian's church isn't in very good shape and needs an expensive new roof. At a mid-week service, a stranger leaves a $10 bill in the collection plate. The stranger becomes a regular attendee and continues to make generous donations. Turns out the stranger, Mr. Sheridan, has taken to praying for winners and since doing so has had nothing but success at the track, winning bet after bet. Sheridan convinces Father Amian to place a bet on a sure thing and Amian regrets his rash act as soon as it's done. Feelings guilty, he prays for the horse not to win, but with a surprising conclusion. Written by garykmcd

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Release Date:

14 March 1961 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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[introduction - Hitchcock is standing next to someone in the front half of a horse costume]
Alfred Hitchcock - Host: Good evening, ladies and gentlemen. Someone had the brilliant idea that I should don this costume to dramatize the title of tonight's play. It is called "The Horseplayer".
[the man in the costume begins to walk away]
Alfred Hitchcock - Host: Just a moment. You forgot something.
[Hitchcock gives him the other half of the costume]
Alfred Hitchcock - Host: I'm sure you want to know who offered this clever charade. His previous works include the following ...
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24 October 2017 | by Bronco46See all my reviews

From the very beginning, the name Damon Runyon jumped to mind. I love these kinds of stories, told in this manner. And how can you go wrong with Claude Rains? And I shouldn't forget Percy Helton. This priest in poverty-stricken Parrish gets drawn into something he shouldn't be doing. Not for his own gain. But to help his Parrish, and his church. And he finds himself in the position to have to have to work against his own interests. But there's a BIG twist. Like I said Runyonesque in ending and characters.

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