The Alfred Hitchcock Hour: Season 1, Episode 24

The Star Juror (15 Mar. 1963)

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After killing a woman, a man is chosen to be a juror for the trial of the man accused of her murder.

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George Davies
Betty Field ...
Jenny Davies
Will Hutchins ...
J.J. Fenton
Crahan Denton ...
Sheriff Walter Watson
Harry Harvey ...
Dr. Vince
Katherine Squire ...
Mrs. Fenton
George Mitchell ...
Judge Higgins
Don Hanmer ...
Leo Lloyd
Ray Hemphill ...
Deputy Pete
Jennifer West ...
Alice Morse
Sam Reese ...
Martin Hendrix
Lew Brown ...
The Prosecuting Attorney
William Challee ...
Jess Bartholomew
Martine Bartlett ...
Flossie
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After killing a woman, a man is chosen to be a juror for the trial of the man accused of her murder.

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great idea frustratingly mediocre delivery
17 September 2013 | by (French Polynesia) – See all my reviews

The tone for one thing seems to start with comedy. The murder that opens the show is a strangling--very poorly staged--and several scenes in a row after that have people making references to "stiking your neck out" and about any other strangling/choking pun you can imagine. Almost none of which seem natural or are funny.

But then it gets better, it seems to proceed fairly seriously, then it gets a little hard to believe as during the trial a juror is repeatedly allowed to question various witnesses--perhaps the novel, this is based on, was set many years earlier when this was allowed--but it strains belief in a contemporary setting. Eventually there is another poorly staged fights scene and then a pretty good ending.

Dean Jagger was always a unique type as an actor and always good in his own way and that's true here too. But he's limited by the material--his wife is written and acted as a total shrew and that's a real problem--though her part, thankfully, isn't that large.

Writer/adapter James Bridges does uneven work--and I can't say which good or bad ideas are his and which are from the source material--though I think the country-fried aspects come from him. There are a few scattered powerful statements about guilt and crime which seem almost thrown away.

So I don't know, it has a few moody shots from underrated DP William Magueles, but it's not very well directed and seems like a missed opportunity as a whole, still those good ideas make it almost a much watch, if not a must enjoy.


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