A mugging restores the memory of a man with amnesia.

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Alfred Hitchcock - Host
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Phillip Townsend
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Ruth Burke
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The Taxi Driver
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Virginia
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Bernie
Neil Burstyn ...
Chuck (as Neil Nephew)
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Mrs. Fisher
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The Druggist
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The P.A.L. Officer
William Sharon ...
The Man
Joseph Trapaso ...
The Motorcycle Policeman (as Joe Trapaso)
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The Drunk
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Frank Carlin
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Getting mugged restores a sharp-dressed man's memory, but not that he's wanted for murder, nor that 3 years have passed. It's 1 AM, but Phil Townsend believes he's en route to his wedding. His face bursts from the front page as Dave Webber, dressed-to-kill bodyguard for a gangland mouthpiece. The compassionate taxi driver who rescued Phil from the Bowery alley, drives him to Phil's fiancée's new address, where Virginia answers the door clutching her newborn. She's terrified that her former love, now a fugitive, is there, fearing her abusive husband will assume the worst. When gentle, reliable Phil didn't show for the ceremony, the distraught young woman hired a PI to find him. Phil's horrified when Virginia tells him she's now married to the gumshoe. Written by David Stevens

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15 November 1962 (USA)  »

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Richard Basehart and Harold J Stone would later be reunited in the Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea episode Mutiny in which the former was one of the series' lead actors and the latter a guest star. See more »

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Version of Street of Chance (1942) See more »

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Flawed Noir
21 February 2015 | by (Claremont,USA) – See all my reviews

It's a complicated jigsaw as amnesiac Basehart tries to piece together a former life he's forgotten. Whatever that former identity, someone's now out to kill him. With help from others, maybe he can figure things out before the next bullet connects. So it's a race against time. Good thing the producers got the highly skilled Richard Basehart for the lead, since the role's very demanding. Fortunately, Basehart measures up. It's interesting to watch a guy play observer to his own life instead of agent. As might be expected from a Cornell Woolrich story, gloom hangs heavy over events like some noirish cloud. Also good to see that Lola Albright has a life after Peter Gunn—but she's not her usual glamour-puss, having to dress down to fit in. It's the visuals and acting that carry this entry. Frankly, I agree with reviewer Sol: the narrative's much too complex. It's like they're trying to cram 200-pages of story into an hour's runtime and leave nothing out. A tighter screenplay could have added up to a noirish gem, instead of a regrettably flawed entry.


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