The Alfred Hitchcock Hour: Season 1, Episode 11

Ride the Nightmare (29 Nov. 1962)

TV Episode  |  TV-PG  |   |  Crime, Drama, Mystery
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A perfect couple's content suburban world is interrupted by a telephone threat ("I'm going to kill you") against the cocksure husband. His past misdeeds unravel his new life, terrifying his unknowing wife.

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Christopher Martin / Christopher Phillips
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Helen Martin
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Adam
Jay Lanin ...
Fred
Richard Shannon ...
Steve
Philippa Bevans ...
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Olan Soule ...
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A perfect couple's content suburban world is interrupted by a telephone threat ("I'm going to kill you") against the cocksure husband. His past misdeeds unravel his new life, terrifying his unknowing wife.

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Okay Crime Drama
17 June 2015 | by (Claremont,USA) – See all my reviews

The entry's more like a crime drama than anything spooky. Chris and Helen Martin are a happily married couple, that is, until they get a threatening phone call, and she finds out he has a past. Seems he was one of a quartet of robbers whom he abandoned during a robbery. They went to prison, he didn't. Now they've broken jail and are out to get him, especially when one of them invades his happy home. So how's he going to fend them off without revealing his past to the law.

O'Brien and Rowlands are quite good in the leads. There's some suspense as the conflict builds, especially when forceful actor John Anderson enters the picture. The chase across the Hollywood hills makes for an action filled climax. The brush fire itself amounts to a real scorcher, but the characters' maneuverings behind the flames are hard to follow. Then too, the ending may be ironic, but lacks the usual series punch. All in all, it's an episode that could be found on a number of non-Hitchcock channels, but is still entertaining thanks mainly to the two energetic leads.


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