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Language: English
Category: TV Episode / Crime / Drama / Mystery / Thriller
Original Title: Services Rendered
Director: Paul Henreid
Writers: William Link,Richard Levinson
Released: 1955–1962
Duration: 30min
Video type: TV Episode
A young man has a minor accident walking down the street and a street person cons him into buying them a drink. It's only when they go to introduce themselves that the young man realizes he has no idea who he is and has suffered a complete loss of memory. In his pocket he finds a $1000 bill and the name and address for a Dr. Ralph Mannick. Mannick has no idea who he is but while at his office, the young man recalls who he is and why he had the doctor's name and a $1000.
Episode cast overview:
Alfred Hitchcock Alfred Hitchcock - Himself - Host
Stephen Dunne Stephen Dunne - The Young Man (as Steve Dunne)
Hugh Marlowe Hugh Marlowe - Dr. Ralph Mannick
Percy Helton Percy Helton - Cyrus Rutherford
Bert Remsen Bert Remsen - Jimmy - Bartender
Karl Lukas Karl Lukas - Uncle Ben - Bar Owner
Bernadette Hale Bernadette Hale - Miss Sherman - Nurse
Tom Pace Tom Pace - The Man at the bar
Ottola Nesmith Ottola Nesmith - The Woman
Andy Romano Andy Romano - The Young Workman

Reviews: [3]

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    ***SPOILERS*** One of the best of the "Alfred Hitchock Presents" episodes with the original "Man with no name" Stephen Dunne who after suffering an accident at a city construction site, a wooden plank hit him on the head, totally forgot who he is and during the next 30 minutes desperately tries to find himself. Dazed and taken advantage off by this alcoholic hustler Cyrus Rutherford, Percy Helton, he met in the park who tries to get "The man with no name" to buy him a couple of free drinks at a local bar he realizes that he not only doesn't have a name but a place to go home ether. All that he finds on him is a $1,000.00 bill and a slip of paper with the name Dr. Ralph Mannick together with his address written on it.

    Not knowing if he's Dr. Mannick or not "The with no name" goes to his office and tries to find out if he's him, Dr. Mannick, or a patient of his. Dr Mannick, Hough Marlow,has no idea at all to who "The man with no name" is but he tries to help him out but to no avail in trying to find out his identity. Frustrated and confused "The man with no name" goes to the elevator too check out of the building and suddenly it hits him! Not only does he know who he is but what kind of connection he has with Dr. Mannick! And it has nothing to do in being treated by him!

    ***SPOILERS***It would have been much better for everyone involved if "The man with no name " lost his memory permanently but sadly for Dr. Mannick as well as himself he didn't. Mind blowing ending to an up until the very end mindless, for "The man with no name". Alfred Hitchcock Presents episode. Like a man under hypnosis given the word to snap out of it he not only became aware of his surroundings but the reason he was there in the first place. And like a mind controlled zombie the now memory restored "Man with no name" sprung right into action.
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    This review drops a hint as to the ending, without giving it away.

    William Link and Richard Levinson were successful producers of TV series and movies, with such shows as "Columbo" to their credit. This "Alfred Hitchcock Presents" episode, for which they wrote the short story and teleplay, is nothing to write home about, though.

    Once it was revealed what was in the amnesiac's pockets -- and what wasn't -- it was obvious what was going on. There was only one possible explanation -- and, to my smug satisfaction, I was right. See if you can figure it out.
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    Link and Levinson do it again. Without convolution (or too much, anyway) and following a remorseless and inexorable logic to its shocking end, "Services Rendered" is quite brilliant.

    The last few minutes when the "Young Man" (we never learn his name) remembers exactly who he is and what his disturbing mission is are fascinating; they rush by so quickly the viewer can only absorb what he or she is meant to absorb in the half hour format, and then it is over. An oversized photo of a not particularly happy looking woman is a key that few viewers will recognize until they replay the story in their minds.

    Hugh Marlowe is, of course, a tad enigmatic at first when the viewer doesn't know if Dr. Mannick is telling "the Young Man" the truth about not knowing him and never having seen him before (Dr. Mannick WAS telling the truth) but soon shows himself to be a caring and concerned doctor. Steve Dunne, who appeared in four episodes of the Hitchock half hour show, is masterful as the man with no name, no memory, but with an incisive confidence and refusal to go to the police, which will later make perfect sense in retrospect. The looks that pass across his face at the end by the elevator when his memory comes back and the amnesia fades and his body language and facial expressions as he returns to the doctor's office should be re-studied by anyone who can repay the episode and move into slow motion for the last few minutes.

    The ending was, for me, a shocker. I make no claims, unlike others who have posted here, to have found the story easy to foretell from the beginning. I very often catch clues in crime and mystery shows, and sometimes they give me the info I need and sometimes they don't. Here, they didn't. The conclusion ('nuff said) was cruel but not disappointing. Logical and spare, there is phony Hitchcock "summing up" for the sponsors and censors to assure everyone that the baddie got his or her comeuppance.