The Alfred Hitchcock Hour: Season 2, Episode 30

The Second Verdict (29 May 1964)

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An ethical lawyer becomes very disturbed about what to do when the client he just got an murder acquittal for, brags he committed the crime.



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Episode cast overview:
Himself - Host
Melanie Rydell
Tony Hardeman
Karen Osterman
Mr. Osterman
Judge Arthur
Michael Beirne ...
Tom Bailey
Richard Guizon ...
Bailiff (as Richard F. Guizon)
William Remick ...
The Jury Foreman
Helen Mayon ...
The Maid


Attorney Ned Murray wins traveling salesman Lew Rydell a not guilty verdict in a murder trial. An hour later, Rydell tells Murray that he murdered the delivery boy, because he flirted with his wife, Melanie. Murray wants justice and threatens to go to the D.A., contrary to the admonishments of his senior partner, Mr. H.E. Osterman, and Osterman's daughter, Karen, Murray's fiancée. Murray also confronts Melanie about Lew's guiltiness, inflaming Lew's jealousy. Murray has a friend, Tony Hardeman, who offers to personally administer capital punishment to Lew. Murray discusses the case with Judge Arthur, and decides to leave Lew alone, but rushes to the Rydell apartment, only to discover that Lew has killed Tony. Murray offers to defend Lew in his next murder trial. Written by Lew Amack

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During the car ride through the theater district immediately following the courtroom scene at the beginning of the story, identical marquees are repeatedly seen through the rear windows as the car travels. See more »

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Martin Landau and Frank Gorshin
30 December 2011 | by (Youngstown,Ohio) – See all my reviews

"The Second Verdict" is for the most part a fine entry about justice and the law, let down by a predictable conclusion. Martin Landau is attorney Ned Murphy, who successfully defends traveling businessman Lew Rydell (Frank Gorshin) from a murder rap. Following the verdict, Rydell privately confesses to Murphy that he is guilty of the crime, beating a grocery boy to death because of his psychopathic rage over the flirtatious nature of his wife Melanie (Sharon Farrell), who remains oblivious to the effect she has on other men. Scrupulously honest, Murphy is engaged to the daughter (Nancy Kovack) of his employer (Harold J. Stone), who is reluctant to have his future son-in-law tarnish the firm's reputation by going to the D.A. with Rydell's confession. Tony Hardeman (John Marley), whose brother was saved by Murphy's defense, decides to take matters into his own hands, while the attorney has a heartfelt talk with the judge (Richard Hale) who helped shape him into the lawyer he's become. Best remembered as The Riddler on TV's BATMAN, Frank Gorshin, one of the greatest impressionists of his generation, proves himself to be a solid character performer, quite believable and even frightening.

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