Remembering nothing of what happened the day before, a talented, alcoholic ad man painfully reconstructs the events of what proves to have been a very bad day indeed.

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Himself - Host
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Hadley Purvis
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Marion
Robert P. Lieb ...
Bill Hunter (as Robert Lieb)
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Bob Blake
Tyler McVey ...
D.A. Driscoll
James Maloney ...
Cushman
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The Saleswoman (as June Levant)
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The Bartender
Chris Roman ...
Cliff
Richard Franchot ...
Albert
Dodie Heath ...
Sandra Purvis (as Dody Heath)
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Hadley Purvis, an advertising man, finds himself facing a divorce if he doesn't knock off his heavy drinking. This does little to slow him down as he continues to drink himself into an alcoholic stupor, and one morning, finds himself at home with a girl named Marion that he picked up the night before. Written by alfiehitchie

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6 December 1962 (USA)  »

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Features a rare instance where Alfred Hitchcock refrained from making a lighthearted comment at the episode's end. Rather, he noted the seriousness of the episode's subject (alcoholism) and urged those affected by it to seek help. See more »

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Slack Misfire
11 June 2015 | by (Claremont,USA) – See all my reviews

Viewers expecting the usual Hitchcock trademarks may be disappointed. There's no suspense, nor guesswork, nor real plot, while an ironic ending is dropped in like an afterthought. Purvis (Randall) is a middle-class alcoholic, no falling down drunk here. Instead, the ad-man finesses his addiction behind a cocktail façade. Showing how this addiction leads to ruin amounts to the storyline, which unfortunately just unfolds rather than builds. Also, much is told through poorly blended flashbacks that muddy story progression instead of clarifying.

Randall, of course, is a natural for these white-collar types. Trouble here is his ad-man shows the addiction without the painful craving. Instead, liquor is always available, so we see inebriated behavior minus the empty craving. That's likely the fault of the script, and is especially glaring since the story's meant to be a warning. Then too, reviewer HEFILM is correct. There's considerable padding within the time frame, especially in Purvis's overdrawn stage presentation. Too bad 50's icon Mansfield's career is on the downgrade that she would accept such a marginal role a hundred lesser names could have filled. Then too, she was a much better actress than her ample measurements would suggest. Looks also like she's trying to reboot with that head-hugging blonde bob.

Anyway, the entry's heart is in the right place, but the narrative's poorly done, and certainly of questionable type for a Hitchcock episode.


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