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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slightly botched in the final moments, still memorable
10 July 2013 | by (French Polynesia) – See all my reviews

This was also remade for the "color" Hitchcock reboot series in the 1980s. It's well made and well acted with a convincing and grim work- camp setting and exterior locations and a really solid script. The main character is a well balanced bit of crook and hero, one you still root for enough for the whole thing to work. It's mostly a three character piece of crook, old con and guard and all are well written and preformed to have enough depth to escape the cliché.

It's paced and feels more like a feature film like the best of the hour long Hitchcock's do. Effectively tracked with music from other episodes and contains many effective camera angles. It's nearly perfect but the ending is kind of spoiled by the director. He allows the camera to show and see too many things that the main character can't and this may spoil the powerful ending for regular fans of this type of fiction and show. The final couple of shots also are repeated perhaps due to fear of something not being clear to the audience.

I think this version is better than the remake however I remember the ending working better in that version. Hithcock introduces the show from an enormous wine vat while stomping grapes.


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