At first, a childless young couple (Diana Hyland, Bradford Dillman) are thrilled to relocate for the husband's new executive job, and especially happy with their new home. Is the next-door ... See full summary »

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At first, a childless young couple (Diana Hyland, Bradford Dillman) are thrilled to relocate for the husband's new executive job, and especially happy with their new home. Is the next-door neighbor boy's cruelty to them just a youngster rebelling against his blue-collar, strict father (Ed Asner) ? The husband's empathy for the boy drives a dangerous wedge into their marriage. Written by David Stevens

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1 February 1963 (USA)  »

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extremely good episode, fast paced, dramatic, disturbing
22 November 2013 | by (French Polynesia) – See all my reviews

Aside from being about a disturbed kid, and the show is really about Dillman's character, is the only element that is like BAD SEED. Credit to Producer Director David Lowell Rich and DP Lionel Lindon for starters. This may be Rich at his very best and the rest of his career seems as long as it is undistinguished.

This show would never be made today for a variety of reasons. What the child does to others and what is done to him just wouldn't be done on TV or in most films. This show isn't graphic, it's just the ideas are too much for our polite society now. They were then, too, that's the whole power of it. It's really better and more realistic than THE BAD SEED--not to take anything away from what's good about that movie.

This show is good on all levels, it moves very well, has an excellent score by Lyn Murray, and has a drill scene that Brian Depalma saw before he made BODY DOUBLE.

It's extremely well written and the bad kid's dad and the good guy next door possible clichés don't exist, there is both surprise and depth to the characters, and there is a powerhouse unexpected moment that Ed Asner has that is award worthy. Dillman is good too and in interesting contrast to his bad-guy performance in his other Hitchcock hour appearance.

You might try to say that the ending of it is a bit, twee. But on a character level it's the way it should be.

Hithcock starts the show between two trees saying "Welcome to the forest primeval" Which is funny and even in an obtuse way works with the episode.

A must see episode and I'd say one of the best "disturbed" kid stories ever done on film.


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