The Alfred Hitchcock Hour: Season 3, Episode 18

The Trap (22 Feb. 1965)

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Toy manufacturer's assistant has an affair with the child-like toy-man's enchanting young wife. After enduring an humiliating interview the bright, college grad aide proves valuable to the ... See full summary »

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Ted Beale
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Toy manufacturer's assistant has an affair with the child-like toy-man's enchanting young wife. After enduring an humiliating interview the bright, college grad aide proves valuable to the middle-aged manufacturer through his hard work. But the young man is impatient for advancement. Written by David Stevens

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Triangle with a nasty twist
16 December 2008 | by (nashville, tn) – See all my reviews

The setup is familiar: An oafish but good-natured slob of a toy magnate (Robert Strauss), married to beautiful and bored young Anne Francis, hires handsome Donelly Rhodes as his new confidential secretary.

Not only does Rhodes soon prove himself indispensable, he earns Strauss' gratitude by saving him from making a costly mistake with a proposed new toy line. Although initially cool (if not outright hostile) to Rhodes, Francis soon warms up to him, too. Really warms up. The feeling is mutual, and the results will be deadly.

What makes this somewhat conventional story work are some finely-drawn characters and excellent ensemble acting, especially by the three principal leads. Plus there's an appropriately brooding score from Bernard Herrmann. And of course, the final twist.

Well worth watching, even if you think you've heard this one before.


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