The Alfred Hitchcock Hour: Season 1, Episode 30

Dear Uncle George (10 May 1963)

TV Episode  |  TV-PG  |   |  Crime, Drama, Mystery
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A neighbor's letter about an unfaithful wife disturbs an advice columnist.


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Episode cast overview:
Himself - Host
John Chambers / Uncle George
John Larkin ...
Simon Aldritch
Louise Chambers
Tom Esterow
Robert Sampson ...
Sgt. Duncan
Brendan Dillon ...
Sam (as Brendan Thomas Dillon)
Charity Grace ...
Mrs. Weatherby
Jimmy Joyce ...
Fingerprint Man
Joseph Trapaso ...
Alicia Li ...
Lou Jacobi ...
Lt. Wolfson


A neighbor's letter about an unfaithful wife disturbs an advice columnist.

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10 May 1963 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Modigliani picture and set with nice stereo equipment is same as used in 'Blood Bargain' (#2.5). See more »

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Dear "Uncle George", the killer columnist
7 September 2015 | by (NYC suburbs) – See all my reviews

NYC newspaperman John Chambers (Gene Barry), giving advice to the lovelorn as "Uncle George", receives a letter from an old biddy who witnessed a housewife's adulterous affair and wonders what to do about it. Once "Uncle George" realizes the housewife is his, the cuckolded columnist tells the snoop to mind her own business and takes matters into his own hands by bashing his wife's head in with a statue of Cupid. Chambers begins to frame a one-time co-worker in the art department (Dabney Coleman) for the crime but quickly changes his plans after learning his publisher was the man carrying on with his wife...

The "Dear Uncle George" episode is a highly entertaining entry in Hitch's suspense series and comes complete with his trademark twist ending. The character of the distracted, seemingly bumbling Lt. Wolfson (Lou Jacobi) would later be expanded by the show's writers, Richard Levinson and William Link, into Peter Falk's COLUMBO.

To paraphrase some wag or other, I'd wring elf-eared Gene Barry's neck if he had one. He's the unlikeliest leading man I've ever seen and the comedy is often unintentional. Apparently that hunchback was big in Broadway musicals before Hollywood beckoned in a fit of dementia. Geez, Louise.

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