The Alfred Hitchcock Hour: Season 1, Episode 21

I'll Be Judge - I'll Be Jury (15 Feb. 1963)

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Relatives of a murdered newlywed decide to bring the killer to justice themselves.



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Episode credited cast:
Himself - Host
Mark Needham
Theodore Bond
Alex Trevor
Sarah Marshall ...
Louise Trevor
Rodolfo Hoyos Jr. ...
Inspector Ortiz (as Rodolfo Hoyos)
Eric Tovar ...
Sgt. Perez
Zolya Talma ...
Mrs. Bond
Eileen O'Neill ...
Laura Needham
Judith De Hart ...
Margaret Bond (as Judith DeHart)
Martin Garralaga ...
Mexican Priest
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Mike De Anda ...


Relatives of a murdered newlywed decide to bring the killer to justice themselves.

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The name's Bond.. Theodore Bond... Da Dumb Da Da Da Da Da. Dumb Dumb Da Daaaa!
2 December 2011 | by (brooklyn NY) – See all my reviews

***SPOILERS**** One of "The Masters" Alfred Hicthcock's rare misfires in both films and on TV has this American couple Mark & Laura Needham, Peter Graves & Eileen O'Neil, vacationing in Mexico almost run down by a not drunk but crazy driver Theodore Bond, Albert Salmi, while out picnicking in the Mexican countryside. It's later when Mark takes a nap under the shade of a eucalyptus tree that Laura was attacked and strangled while he was fast asleep.

It's at the local police station that Mark is told by Inspector Ortiz, Rodolfo Hoyos Jr, that he in fact knows who his wife's murderer is but doesn't have enough evidence to have him arrested. Inspector Ortiz tells Mark to check out the harbor area in the village to find Laura's killer or better yet for Mark's wife's killer to find him. Mark to his shock and surprise then runs into the very same person, Bond Theodore Bond, who runs a boat fitting store who almost ran him and Laura off the road! Knowing for sure that Bond Theodore Bond is his wife's murderer Mark instead of gathering evidence against him plans instead to murder him in revenge!

Setting him up for the kill Mark gets the tea toting Bond good and drunk at a local bar and then later that evening invites Bond to come over to his boat and continuer to drink the night away. It's when Mark lays all the cards on the table to what he's planning for the now totally smashed Bond that that Theotore Bond suddenly starts to act not like that dumpy and soft mama's boy that we've seen up until then but as Secret Agent 007 license to kill James Bond. In a fit of drunken fury Bond makes, by breaking his neck, short order of equally drunk but nowhere as deadly Mark Needham who was a good three to five inches taller and far more in psychical shape then he was. It's when Mark's brother in law Alex Trevor and his old lady Louise, Ed Nelson & Sarah Marshall, showed up for Laura funeral that they got the news from Inspector Ortiz of Bond's possible involvement in her murderer. As for Mark he body was never found and was during the entire Alfred Hitchock episode considered to be only a missing person.

***SPOILERS*** The ending is a bit ridicules with Alex holding Bond hostage and planning to string him up, with Bond's help, from the top of the village church tower. It's then that Alex get a confession from Bond, before he's about to be dropped, that he murdered Laura Mark, whom in fact he killed in self defense, and a number of other people in the village. It was Alex's wife together with Inspector Ortiz and the local police who at the very last moment prevented Alex from murdering Bond where if he succeeded he would have ended up at the end of a rope, just like Bond almost did, for 1st degree cold blooded murder.

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