The Alfred Hitchcock Hour: Season 2, Episode 18

Final Escape (21 Feb. 1964)

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A young convict at a state prison work camp plans a clever escape with the help of the aging, alcoholic fellow prisoner who is in charge of making and burying the camp's coffins.

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Episode complete credited cast:
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Himself - Host
Stephen McNally ...
Captain
Robert Keith ...
Doc
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Paul Perry
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The Work Partner
John Kellogg ...
The 1st Guard
Ray Kellogg ...
The Convict Blacksmith
Bernie Hamilton ...
The 2nd Convict
Stacy Harris ...
The Lawyer
Hinton Pope ...
The 2nd Guard
Betsy Hale ...
Elissa
John Alderson ...
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A young convict at a state prison work camp plans a clever escape with the help of the aging, alcoholic fellow prisoner who is in charge of making and burying the camp's coffins.

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In the last scene, the eyelids of the dead man in the coffin flutter open more than once. See more »

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Remade as Alfred Hitchcock Presents: Final Escape (1985) See more »

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Kookie Breaks Out of the Bighouse
2 May 2015 | by (Claremont,USA) – See all my reviews

It's a one-note plot, but thanks to a thoughtful script and persuasive acting, the story works, though you may see the major twist coming. So how's young Paul (Byrnes) going to escape prison; after all, he's got a slick reputation to protect. Besides, the head guard (McNally) is one arrogant son of a gun, and keeps challenging Paul to just try to escape. Also, how's old broken-down inmate Doc (Keith) going to help since he sort of totters around.

For fans of old 77 Sunset Strip (1958-64) Byrnes' turn here comes as a revelation. Who would figure that the jive talking Kookie of that detective series could actually play a hardened criminal; still, he's quite good. Then too, judging from his frail appearance, I'm not surprised the aged Keith would soon pass away. Too bad, because he's an unusual TV presence here. Also, production did a good job faking a dead-end lumberyard that the cons labor in. This is definitely not a place to put in prison time; no wonder Paul's desperate to get out. Note too, that the cemetery markers don't bother with names, just numbers. I guess they let God sort 'em out.

And, oh yes—guys-- there's absolutely no eye candy in this 60-minutes, so be prepared for a gang of ugly screws and cons. All in all, it's a different Hitch, with the usual ironical, but not too surprising, ending.


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