When an auto mechanic named Leo Manfred fixes a limousine owned by Gavin Revere, a famed but over-the-hill Hollywood director, he is invited to join the family for a couple of days. It is ... See full summary »

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When an auto mechanic named Leo Manfred fixes a limousine owned by Gavin Revere, a famed but over-the-hill Hollywood director, he is invited to join the family for a couple of days. It is here that Leo meets Nicky, Gavin's beautiful daughter and the two youths fall in love. 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 alfiehitchie

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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 »

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Builds Suspense
14 November 2014 | by (Claremont,USA) – See all my reviews

Superior Hitch. No need to pad the hour run-time here, a frequent problem with other 60- minute episodes. Suspense starts right away, since we just know super-egotistical Leo (Farentino) will get some kind of comeuppance. Catch how the mechanic fast-talks his way into the elegant Nicky's (Miles) affections and her dad's big Hollywood mansion. Dad's (Carradine) a retired movie director, embittered by his artistic eclipse. Sure looks like a good deal for the obnoxious Leo if he can get past Dad. But as you can figure, things aren't exactly as they seem, especially in Hollywood. So get ready for the boffo climax that I'll bet no one can see coming. Farentino delivers persuasively as the egotist, while his guy-talks with buddy Dancer (Taylor) are entertainingly relaxed. And get a load of Miles—has she ever looked lovelier or sexier. At the same time, Carradine is perfectly cast as the tyrannical Revere.

This final series year 1965 featured a number of outstanding entries, (e.g. episodes 13, 15, 17, that I've seen). Too bad the series ended at this promising point.


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