The Alfred Hitchcock Hour: Season 3, Episode 6

Lonely Place (16 Nov. 1964)

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A poor, loving, farmer's wife discovers just how evil a hired drifter is, and how much of a coward her husband is too.



(short story), (teleplay) (as Francis Irby Gwaltney)
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Stella is serving her peach farmer husband Emery a big breakfast when a squirrel appears on the front window screen. She fondles the rodent and gives it food and water, then spots a tramp walking down the public dirt road near their home. Emery says that he has plenty of peaches to pick, and the going wage in the valley is $6 per day, but he might get this tramp to work for $5/day. Emery invites the tramp inside, and offers him three dollars a day plus board and a place in the back yard. The tramp, who says his name is Jesse with no middle or last name, hires on. Jesse gobbles down his breakfast, using a big knife to slice a tomato and some bread. Stella asks him to put the knife away. Jesse asks Stella whether the fat squirrel outside is a pet. She says that it is. He replies that he could kill it so she could make stew for supper. A few minutes later, she hears Jesse's laughter in the yard, rushes outside to find her pet squirrel lying dead, and screams. Jesse claims the squirrel ... Written by Lewis Amack

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A strange and well acted creep like episode that takes a strange twist!
11 April 2015 | by (Petersburg, Virginia) – See all my reviews

A couple of weeks ago caught an episode on a classic rerun station of this classic series "The Alfred Hitchcock Hour" from the 1960's. This episode called "Lonely Place" from 1964 from season 3 starred the great and good character actor Bern Dern. The tale is good with suspense even with a creep like feel of mystery and in the end it shocks a little with a surprise twist ending! Dern is Jesse a drifter a man who's lonely as he just lives from pillow to post one day he arrives in a valley on a farm of a couple named Stella(Teresa Wright)and Emery(Pat Buttram)and oh Jesse is looking for work he needs it even if it's only the 5 or 6 dollars a day that he's paid! Soon little by little it's seen at the dinner table that the manners of Jesse is strange and different it's clear that evil lies beneath as on the side Jesse starts to kill pets on the farm! And Jesse has an eye out for Stella the farmer wife it's like the attraction is like in a sexual psycho way! And beat it all Emery the husband is fooled and to weak and really a coward of a husband to say anything to protect his wife! Only in the end a woman scorned and she will take matters into her own hands as this farm lady deals with both guys her own way as it's a goodbye to both the husband and evil drifter! Overall good episode with suspense and it has a surprise twist ending!

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