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During a brief train stop, George disembarks to call a wife and arrange a two-day rendezvous. When he returns to his booth, a stranger provokes him into conversation. George reveals where ... See full summary »

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Joseph M. Newman (as Joseph Newman)

Writer:

Lewis Davidson (from a teleplay by)
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Episode cast overview:
Alfred Hitchcock ... Himself - Host
Efrem Zimbalist Jr. ... Stranger
Roddy McDowall ... George
Patricia Medina ... Wife
George Pelling George Pelling ... Conductor
Shari Lee Bernath Shari Lee Bernath ... Little Girl
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During a brief train stop, George disembarks to call a wife and arrange a two-day rendezvous. When he returns to his booth, a stranger provokes him into conversation. George reveals where he lives, but the stranger claims to reside at the same location. After George gets home, the stranger arrives and begins to dig a grave. The stranger leads George to believe that the grave is for him, because George has been cheating with his wife. The stranger shows George a letter signed by George that was in the wife's possession. George demonstrates that it was not his handwriting, and they realize that the wife wants them both dead. The stranger suggests that when the wife arrives, George should loosen her wheel, so that she will have a fatal accident when descending from their mountain road. The car crashes. The stranger now denies that he is the husband, and suggests that he is just another of the wife's lovers. He advises George to bury the evidence of their crime and fill in the grave, then... Written by Lewis Amack

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USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 November 1964 (USA) See more »

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Mono

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1.33 : 1
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Near the opening, there is a shot of a train pulling into a station. The picture has been "flopped" - all the signs are backwards. See more »

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George: Two whole days. Count them. Two.
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Static Gabfest
12 May 2015 | by dougdoepkeSee all my reviews

A static two-person gabfest that unfortunately doesn't add up to much, considering the gab takes an hour to get there. The plot, such as it is, revolves around a mysterious stranger (Zimbalist) and his purpose in cornering the hapless George (McDowall). Seems George has been fooling around with someone's wife (Medina). So is the stranger, who's supposed to be her husband, out for revenge. Do we care since there are basically only two set-ups that grind on and on.

Zimbalist is clearly trying to show his chops following the confining detective role in 77 Sunset Strip. Trouble is he's loaded up with make-up and a stagy manner that fairly shouts contrivance. Good thing he opted back to being a handsome agent in The FBI (1965-74), his real forte. On the other hand, McDowall is winningly natural and maybe the only reason to watch.

I get no satisfaction slamming this episode in what was otherwise a distinguished series. Still, every series has its winners, losers, and in-betweens. Unfortunately, this entry manages only a tiresome thud.


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