The Alfred Hitchcock Hour: Season 1, Episode 17

Forecast: Low Clouds and Coastal Fog (18 Jan. 1963)

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A beautiful young newlywed is wary of her much-older husband's business trip leaving her alone in their beach house. A group of beach boys and a neighboring screenwriter provide her some ... See full summary »

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A beautiful young newlywed is wary of her much-older husband's business trip leaving her alone in their beach house. A group of beach boys and a neighboring screenwriter provide her some company, unwanted by the husband. When an Hispanic man knocks on her door at night asking for help, she turns him away, leading to tragic consequences. Written by David Stevens

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Rough Night In Cali
7 December 2009 | by (brighton, ma) – See all my reviews

This is a fine, rather thickly plotted episode of the Hitchcock hour that features Inger Stevens in the lead, and while there are many are characters in the show, it's really her story, or rather her character, that's at the center of it.

Stevens is cast as suburban wife who lives on the California coast, apparently childless, married to a somewhat older man who's often away on business. One night, when his plane is grounded due to poor weather conditions,--low clouds and coastal fog--Stevens is confronted by a man, a Mexican-American, who is lost and out of gas and wants to use her phone to call the nearest filling station. Alone, and uncomfortable with the man, she refuses. A while later the police arrive and as it turns out the man's wife was brutally beaten and has been taken to the hospital, where she is in critical condition.

The next day, Stevens, feeling somewhat guilty, visits the woman in the hospital, where she finds the husband in an angry, agitated state. Shortly thereafter, the man's wife dies, and he confronts Stevens, telling her that she will some day pay for what she did by refusing to allow him to use to phone, as this caused him to leave his wife alone, which is when she was brutally assaulted. There are other things going on as well. A neighbor, a television writer who likes to drink, drops by, and shows a more than friendly interest in Stevens, who is indeed a beautiful woman, and one who spends a great deal of time at home. Also interested in Stevens is a trio of beach bums who take her surfing; and their youth, athleticism and wholesome attitude are a striking contrast to the intensity of the poor Hispanic man in the hospital, which lifts her spirits.

Hubby returns home, only to have to fly out again that night to close a business deal. He wants his wife to come with him but she doesn't feel up to it. To make her feel safer he gives her a handgun he keeps locked away in a drawer. After he leaves, events unfold in a most distressing manner. The author-neighbor turns up inebriated, starts talking nonsense, behaves disagreeably. Meanwhile, the angry Hispanic man arrives at the house to take vengeance,--the specific nature of which is not made clear--but he's clearly loaded for bear. Then the surfer guys make an appearance, and their good cheer is reassuring, as they vow to remain with Miss Stevens and stay by her side, till either her husband returns home or the police arrive, depending on what happens. What transpires shortly thereafter is wholly surprising, as at this point in the story Miss Stevens is or appears to be put-upon by two suspicious characters, one an angry, working class Hispanic, another a highly educated man of more or less her own background. As things turn out there's a third threat on the prowl, a predicament made worse by the weather, which is as murky as it was at the beginning of the episode: low clouds and coastal fog.


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