The Alfred Hitchcock Hour: Season 1, Episode 31

Run for Doom (17 May 1963)

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A young doctor continues to date a beautiful showgirl in spite of warnings that her 3 previous marriages ended badly for her past husbands.

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Episode cast overview:
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Himself - Host
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Dr. Don Reed
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Nickie Carole
Scott Brady ...
Bill Floyd
Carl Benton Reid ...
Horace Reed
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Dr. Frank Farmer
Lew Brown ...
David Carson
Robert Carson ...
Mulloy
Gail Bonney ...
Sarah
Jackie Russell ...
The Waitress
Jon Shepodd ...
Curtis Cane
Barry Cahill ...
The Chief Petty Officer
Patricia Crest ...
The Teller (as Patricia Krest)
Audrey Swanson ...
Cathie Taylor ...
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"Our love affair was too hot" coos lounge singer Nickie, heating up quickly when young Dr. Reed beckons her to his table. Her menacing combo leader Floyd warns the handsome physician off, but keeps his cool - his "boomerang baby" returned after each of three brief, lucrative marriages. The news that she's giving the physician's huge diamond a trial run (just to make Floyd jealous), kills Dr. Reed's father. Because naive Dr. Reed zooms from struggling to loaded, Nickie seizes his proposal. On their honeymoon voyage Nickie has a fling with an army officer, and when her drunken, seasick cuckold stumbles into them, their fight ends with the lover overboard. Blackmailing her husband for murder seems to deal Nickie an unbeatable hand. Dr. Reed looks ready to chuck in his cards, but the jilted pianist is hard to back off. Written by David Stevens

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During the opening song in the lounge, the band calls themselves a "trio", and only three musicians are visible (piano, sax, bass), but you can clearly hear drums in the song being played (although no drummer is present). See more »

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How Long Has This Been Going On?
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Music by George Gershwin
Lyrics by Ira Gershwin
Performed by Diana Dors
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Pretty bad, really bad by this shows standards
17 June 2013 | by (French Polynesia) – See all my reviews

John Gavin tries hard to be a sort of nebbishy leading man. He's not really very good but it is interesting to see him try.

The trouble here is 90 percent of this show is totally predictable and cliché in every aspect. 3 different "song" scenes just seem like padding and or some attempt to make this episode sort of "musical". The characters are totally stock and all are played pretty flatly. None have any depth to them to involve you in the story. Scott Brady has some fun as a hustling piano player but his whole "You'll come back to be baby." dialog is pretty lame as is all of it. Cardboard characters acted by cardboard actors just can't keep your interested for a hour show.

I recall writer James Bridges in an interview saying he talked to Hitchcock about why he couldn't write a feature film for him and Hitchcock said we don't use our TV writers for features. This may have been a polite way of saying, you're not good enough to write features. I have not seen all of his episodes for Hitch yet, but the few I've seen have been really poorly structured and heavily padded. I'm not knocking his emmy nominated THE JAR episode or AN OPEN WINDOW but some of these others.... Not good.

You really get the set up quickly and then wait forever for anything to happen. There is a nicely staged--mostly with the real actors--fight scene and a few nice dolly shots from director Girard.

Finally there are a few twists in the story in the last few minutes, but one is kind of preposterous and the other just turns the whole thing into a very safe TV show.

I guess if you're a Diana Dors fan you might put up with this more than I could. Sometimes she looks good here sometimes kind of bloated and comes off as a second rate Monroe wanna' be here but that's about all the character calls for anyway.


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