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A poor, loving, farmer's wife discovers just how evil a hired drifter is, and how much of a coward her husband is too.


Harvey Hart


C.B. Gilford (short story), Francis Gwaltney (teleplay) (as Francis Irby Gwaltney)


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Episode cast overview:
Alfred Hitchcock ... Himself - Host
Teresa Wright ... Stella
Pat Buttram ... Emery
Bruce Dern ... Jesse


Stella is serving her peach farmer husband Emery a big breakfast when a squirrel appears on the front window screen. She fondles the rodent and gives it food and water, then spots a tramp walking down the public dirt road near their home. Emery says that he has plenty of peaches to pick, and the going wage in the valley is $6 per day, but he might get this tramp to work for $5/day. Emery invites the tramp inside, and offers him three dollars a day plus board and a place in the back yard. The tramp, who says his name is Jesse with no middle or last name, hires on. Jesse gobbles down his breakfast, using a big knife to slice a tomato and some bread. Stella asks him to put the knife away. Jesse asks Stella whether the fat squirrel outside is a pet. She says that it is. He replies that he could kill it so she could make stew for supper. A few minutes later, she hears Jesse's laughter in the yard, rushes outside to find her pet squirrel lying dead, and screams. Jesse claims the squirrel ... Written by Lewis Amack

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Release Date:

16 November 1964 (USA) See more »

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Universal City, California, USA

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1.33 : 1
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All The Lonely People
22 April 2011 | by telegonusSee all my reviews

Lonely Place is an extremely well acted and directed late episode in the Hitchcock hour. The story is simple: a peach farmer hires a strange, moody itinerant to help him pick his crop and his wife is immediately suspicious of the man, who behaves weirdly toward her (but not her husband, with whom he bonds rather well), going so far as to kill her pet squirrel. The husband is only interested in the work his hired hand can do, refuses to acknowledge the man's bizarre behavior. Indeed, he doesn't appear too concerned for his wife's well being, physically or mentally. Is the husband is cahoots with the odd hobo? Or maybe the wife is making a mountain out of a molehill. This episode, which features only three characters, is expertly directed by Harvey Hart, with fine performances from Teresa Wright, as the nervous wife, Pat Buttram, as her callous husband and Bruce Dern as the tramp who appears to have a few screws loose. Life on this farm is far from idyllic. I don't know why this is but some of the best Hitchcock hours are set in country places. This is one of them. Strong stuff.

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