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Power of Attorney 

A clever con man makes living preying on women by having them invest their life savings into non existent stocks.


Harvey Hart


James Bridges (teleplay), Selwyn Jepson (story)


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Episode cast overview:
Alfred Hitchcock ... Himself - Host
Richard Johnson ... Jarvis Smith
Geraldine Fitzgerald ... Agatha Tomlin
Fay Bainter ... Mary Caulfield
Josie Lloyd ... Eileen Caroll
Mary Scott ... Sarah Norton (as Mary Scott Hardwicke)
Jonathan Hole ... The Hotel Clerk
Solomon Sturges ... Roger Reeves (as Mark Sturges)
George Sims George Sims ... The Policeman
Al Ruban Al Ruban ... The Clerk
Anthony Jochim Anthony Jochim ... Thomas Barton


Wilford James, who met Sarah Norton on a plane from Jamaica, promises to love and marry her, connives her into investing $10,000, says that it was a total loss, and disappears. Next, calling himself James Jarvis in the first class compartment of another plane, where he meets elderly Mary Caulfield and her spinster companion, Agatha, on their way home from Salzburg. At the airport terminal, Mary tells him that they live at the Golden Angel Hotel, and he claims coincidentally that he will be staying there. He sends a dozen roses to Mary and Agatha each. He charms Mary while tepidly romancing the initially distrustful and reluctant Agatha, and tells them that he has "the deal of five lifetimes", an opportunity to buy stock at $30 and sell it for $50. Before investing, at Agatha's suggestion, Mary sets up a lunch appointment for the following day so that Jarvis can meet her learned attorney, Barton. That night, Jarvis is seen sneaking into the aged Barton's home wearing black leather ... Written by Lewis Amack (updated by Rms125a@hotmail.com)

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5 April 1965 (USA) See more »

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Richard Johnson and Geraldine Fitzgerald
6 June 2012 | by kevinolzakSee all my reviews

"Power of Attorney" was a rare appearance on American television for veteran British Shakespearean actor Richard Johnson, cast in uncharacteristically villainous mode as professional swindler James Jarvis, who leaves his female victims penniless in 'love em and leave em' fashion. He pretends to invest a certain amount of their money, then claims bankruptcy, moving on to his next target, the wealthy Mary Crawford (Fay Bainter), who easily falls for his surface charm, but her younger companion, Agatha Tomlin (Geraldine Fitzgerald), is not so easily swayed. When Agatha decides to have the con man meet Mary's attorney, Jarvis resorts to murder to continue his misdeeds unopposed. The climax is most satisfying. Johnson was soon to play Bulldog Drummond in a pair of features inspired by the success of the James Bond series, while this turned out to be the final role for Oscar-winning (for 1938's "Jezebel") actress Fay Bainter, who died three years later at the age of 74.

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