The Alfred Hitchcock Hour: Season 1, Episode 18

A Tangled Web (25 Jan. 1963)

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A very sweet French maid runs away with, and marries a professional burglar with hopes of making him honest.



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Episode cast overview:
Himself - Host
David Chesterman
Zohra Lampert ...
Marie Petit
Barry Morse ...
Karl Gault
Gertrude Flynn ...
Ethel Chesterman
Cathleen Cordell ...
Mrs. Spaulding
Joan Houseman ...
Mrs. Fllingston
Elizabeth Thompson ...
The Student's Girl
Ronnie Rondell Jr. ...
The College Student (as Ronnie R. Rondell)
Hinton Pope ...
The Cab Driver
Hal Bokar ...
The Reporter
Syl Lamont ...
The Photographer


David Chesterman is kissing his family's French maid when his mother returns to their mansion. His mother immediately fires Marie, so young David counters he's leaving with her, to be married. Snorting that she won't be at the wedding, mother trickles 60 cents from her purse to the floor, for a wedding gift. Marie loves hot-tempered David, so she embraces the off-the-cuff proposal - and the immediate problems which come with it. David's friend Karl is charmed by Marie and eager to fill in jobless David's resume gaps for her: David is a professional jewel thief, who served a year in prison. Karl, a Beverly Hills wigmaker, omits his role in David's profession: Karl cases his customers, then sics David on them. The older Karl's been divorced four times, so Marie's self-sacrificing love for David, turns Karl's bitterness into a consuming jealousy. Written by David Stevens

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25 January 1963 (USA)  »

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When David and Marie park in front of Karl's wig shop we see his name is misspelled on the lettering as "Karl Gualt Fine Wigs". See more »

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Zohra shines but not enough, so so episode
10 November 2013 | by (French Polynesia) – See all my reviews

It's fun to see Redford before he always had to be the hero but he doesn't bring too much to this performance, nor does Barry Morse--using the same "What planet are you from?" accent he also used in other foreign performances. I usually like Morse but he's kind of boring here. To be more specific Redford is OK here but the whole episode is weak compared to his other Hitchcock Hour episode titled, A Piece of the Action which serves him much better and is just terrific.

Zohra however does a very good french accent and has just the right blend of awkward and pretty for the part. She's good as always and unpredictable in every scene that she's in.

A fair amount happens in this episode but it still feels a little overlong and episodic. There is some obvious stunt-doubling in one fight scene. The best scene is a series of increasingly close close- ups of Morse during one otherwise kind of predictable plot-twist moment.

Yeah good elements here with two mediocre performances from good actors make this slightly below average for show. Hitchcock has a funny wraparound bit tied to the ground like in Gulliver's Travels.

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