The Alfred Hitchcock Hour: Season 1, Episode 32

Death of a Cop (24 May 1963)

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A remorseful detective vows to find the men who killed his son, who was also a cop.


(as Joseph Newman)


(teleplay), (novel)
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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Himself - Host
Det. Paul Reardon
Det. Philip Reardon
Paul Hartman ...
Det. Ed Singer
Paul Genge ...
Lt. Tom Mills
Jean Willes ...
Wilton Graff ...
George Chaney
Read Morgan ...
Freddie Arnold
Rex Holman ...
Jocko Hanlin
Shirley O'Hara ...
Alice Reardon
Bob Okazaki ...
Rees Vaughn ...
Sammy Garrison
Marc Rambeau ...
Alec Malloy


A remorseful detective vows to find the men who killed his son, who was also a cop.

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Strong episode and acting
17 June 2013 | by (French Polynesia) – See all my reviews

This show takes it time in a set up that does build up a sense of dread and real drama to the Death of a Cop that gives the show its title. Jory is very good and just road worn enough to be perfect in his role. The show moves well and as directed by feature director Joseph Newman knows how to maintain pace and interest and all the roles--and there is quite a large cast here--are well acted and cast. You always know who is who and the bad guys all have interesting faces. Tierney works well as the boss of the gang.

There is one almost silly montage/dream scene but that's a small problem. The episode only falls down a bit in the budget department. For example the neighborhood shots and scenes just look like an empty back lot street with few extras and no real attention to make it look like a slum. This does hurt as the slums and streets are key to the story.

Also a shootout scene is sort of thrown away, though oddly this works in the show's favor as it seems more realistic that way. There is only one really bad moment a poorly written and indifferently performed final speech by a supporting character, too bad. But Jory centers the story well and this episode works as drama and flies by.

Very funny unrelated Hitchcock bits involving pillars of salt?!?

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