When an auto mechanic named Leo Manfred fixes a limousine owned by Gavin Revere, a famed but over-the-hill Hollywood director, Gavin's beautiful daughter nickie catches Leo's eye after coming to the shop To have the car repaired. Leo drives her home as the car is left for repair. This is where he meets Gavin who warns Leo to stay away from nickie. Leo is persistant and eventually nickie falls in love with him. But when Gavin learns about their marriage plans, he fears Leo wanting only her money, and nothing more. To convince the director of his true intentions, Leo takes out a life-insurance policy for fifty thousand dollars, with the payoff going to Nicky. Gavin agrees and the marriage plans continue. Shortly before the wedding, however, Leo makes the fatal mistake of insulting one of Gavin's movies, entitled "Death Scene," and the old man changes his mind about the wedding. Not willing to give up Nicky over a quarrel, Leo takes the old man to a cliff, intending to push him off. Written by
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The music score for this TV episode by the famous Bernard Herrmann was among the last work he wrote for Hitchcock, even if it was not directed by him. After collaborating on many projects of Hitchcock's, the two had a serious falling out over the movie score for "Torn Curtain", which Hitchcock rejected as too gloomy. Herrmann would go on to compose some of his best work in the next ten years for directors like Truffaut and Scorsese but he never worked for Hitchcock again. See more