The Alfred Hitchcock Hour: Season 3, Episode 29

Off Season (10 May 1965)

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A trigger happy ex-cop gets a job as an unarmed deputy, but still has some very violent tendencies.

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Johnny Kendall
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Milt Woodman
Tom Drake ...
Sheriff Dade
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Dodie Heath ...
Irma Dade (as Dody Heath)
Fred Draper ...
Dr. Hornbeck (as Frederick P. Draper)
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Jim Drum ...
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William O'Connell ...
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After shooting an unarmed bum, Johnny Kendall is asked to resign from the police force, due to an excessive display of anger, and an itchy trigger finger. Deciding to leave town for awhile, his girlfriend Sandy tags along faithfully. In a new town, Johnny is assigned as a deputy watching over vacant summer vacation homes. Johnny soon meets up with Milt Woodman, the former deputy, who was apparently fired for fooling around with a girl in one of the vacant homes. Milt expresses a dislike toward Johnny, and in retaliation, starts showing an interest in Sandy. Directed by William Friedkin ("The Exorcist"). The last show of "The Alfred Hitchcock Hour" TV series. Written by alfiehitchie

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28 May 2015 | by (Claremont,USA) – See all my reviews

Reviewer Telegonus is right—the episode is unusually character driven, minus typical Hitchcock plot. Trouble is there's not enough ambiguity to Johnny's (Gavin) character to make the 60-minutes that interesting. He's a violence prone personality without much shading. Giving him a badge makes him a menace to the public. So after losing his first cop job for killing a pathetic wino, he signs on with a resort area sheriff's squad, where he's fortunately unarmed. His girl (Arthur) sort of tags along, though their relationship is never made clear. Complicating things is former deputy Milt (Jaeckel) who resents Johnny for taking his job, and is now making passes at Johnny's girl. Thus the two are bound to clash.

To me this is a weaker episode and I'm not surprised it was held back to end the season and the series. The climax is overdone camera-wise as though this will provide more punch. Then too, there's little suspense as we more or less follow Johnny around in routine fashion. My guess is ace writer Bloch couldn't do much in adapting the slender material. Of course, the motel is the Bates Motel of Psycho (1960) fame. It's odd seeing it without the sinister lighting. Also, the sheriff is Tom Drake who most famously romanced Judy Garland in the legendary Meet Me in St. Louis (1944). All in all, however, I wish the series had gone out in a more memorable way.


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