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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During the fight scene at the carnival, a stuntman is clearly filling in for Robert Redford's character. The stuntman has a different hairstyle, and appears to be older than Redford. Ronnie Rondell Jr., who plays the teenager, is clearly doing his own stunts, as he was a professional stuntman as well as an actor. See more »

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Robert Redford and Zohra Lampert
29 February 2012 | by (Youngstown,Ohio) – See all my reviews

"A Tangled Web" is bolstered by a strong cast in a downbeat story. Robert Redford stars as David Chesterman, a compulsive thief whose wealthy mother catches him flirting with their French maid, Marie Petit (Zohra Lampert), who is unceremoniously dismissed on the spot. The clearly infatuated David impetuously decides to marry the lovely Marie, but winds up being cut off by his unperturbed mother. The couple turn to David's friend (and fence for stolen goods), Karl Gault (Barry Morse), who is secretly in love with Marie and decides to set up her new husband for a fall. David goes on the run after killing a guard during a botched robbery, leaving his devoted wife in the care of the obsessive Karl. This was Redford's second and last Hitchcock hour (since "A Piece of the Action"), and he is well matched by the always splendid Zohra Lampert, a beautiful actress of remarkable (and sadly underrated) talent, best remembered as the girl who got Warren Beatty in 1961's "Splendor in the Grass" (Natalie Wood was the competition).

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