The Alfred Hitchcock Hour: Season 1, Episode 26

An Out for Oscar (5 Apr. 1963)

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Mousey bank teller Oscar Blenny, a guest at a desert casino, is enamored with Eva, a seductive casino hostess, who's happily juggling 2 male co-workers. With the sinister Bill she's ... See full summary »

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Mousey bank teller Oscar Blenny, a guest at a desert casino, is enamored with Eva, a seductive casino hostess, who's happily juggling 2 male co-workers. With the sinister Bill she's conniving to ripoff the casino. When her boss discovers she's two-timing him, their confrontation turns violent and she kills her boss. Realizing that Oscar's just outside, she screams, so schlemiel Oscar can corroborate her damsel-in-self-defense tale. The casino owner limits the publicity damage, by firing Eva and exiling Bill, who drops Eva cold, to Mexico. Eva cadges a ride to L.A. with Oscar and soon they are wed. When Oscar is nominated for a promotion, slovenly drunken Eva is a big liability, especially when Bill resurfaces in L.A. Does Eva kill Bill, will Bill reveal all about Eva, or will Oscar decline the award? Written by David Stevens

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One scene in this story brings together three icons of 1960s TV, shortly before their big series hit the screen: Larry Storch (F Troop (1965)), Alan Napier (Batman (1966)) and David White (Bewitched (1964)). For icing on the cake, George Petrie, a character actor who appeared on dozens of 1960s shows, is also in the scene. See more »

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Bill Grant is using both hands to tie his necktie, while standing behind Eva Ashley and Oscar as they talk. When the camera cuts to Eva as she says, "Because I made it my business to find out," Bill Grant can be seen on the right side of the screen, still using both hands to tie his necktie, but now with a cigarette in his mouth. He is still using both hands to tie his necktie in the following shot, but the cigarette has disappeared. As the scene progresses, Bill Grant sits on a couch and begins to smoke a fresh cigarette. A few moments later, he lights the cigarette that he has already been smoking in the previous shot. See more »

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The perfect fall guy
4 December 2011 | by (brooklyn NY) – See all my reviews

***SPOILERS*** Hostess at the Mojave Casino Eva Ashley, Linda Christian, has been cheating on her boyfriend floor manager Peter Rogan, Myron Healey, for some time now. It's when Peter found out about Eva two timing him that he blew fuse and confronted her in her motel room leading to him getting killed, by Eva bashing his head in, by her. With Peter dead the big boss of the Mojave Casino Mike Chambers, John Marley,has Eva canned together with her boyfriend whom she was cheating on Peter with Bill Grant, Henry Silva, sent to far off Mexico City in one of Chambers lesser casinos to chill out.

It's then that nerdy and a bit unsure of himself, with women, Mojave Casino hotel guest Oscar Blinney played by Larry "F-Troop" Storch came on the scene. Oscar is just crazy about Eva and wants to strike up some kind of relationship with her. At first having nothing to do with Oscar it's when she's down in the dumps that Eva decides to latch on to him just so he can pay her rent as well as food and cosmetic bills. Finding out that Oscar is a bank teller in L.A Grant together with Eva, who by then had married Oscar, plan to use Oscar to embezzle $50,000.00 on the promise that it would pay for her to divorce him. Something that Oscar in finding out what a horror she is desperately wants.

***SPOILERS*** The plan concocted by both Grant and Eva is to get Oscar to steal the 50 G's where the two would check out of the country to Puerto Rico with it and thus having Oscar ending up a free man in having nothing more to do with Eva by getting her out of his life. it's when Grant tells Oscar that he plans to double-cross Eva by murdering her and taking off with all the cash that Oscar, who wasn't crazy about all this in the first place, starts to get second thought on participating in this "perfect crime".

Really satisfying ending with Oscar against all the odds as well as the Hollywood Hayes Commission pulling off the perfect crime but not exactly the way Grant as well as Eva earlier wanted him too. The crime was so perfect that even the police who smelled a rat in Oscar's heroics, in preventing a bank robbery, at the bank that he worked in still couldn't bring themselves to arrest the guy. In them knowing that Oscar did the right thing in preventing the bank robbery even though he in some way was involved in it! And the kicker to all this is that if in case they did arrest him there's no jury on earth that would have convicted Oscar for what he did!


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