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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Emma Tyson ...
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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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Slack Until the Climax
21 May 2015 | by (Claremont,USA) – See all my reviews

A boisterous toy manufacturer hires a handsome male secretary who proceeds to carry on with the rich man's philandering wife.

This is another hour-entry that would have worked better as a half-hour. It's a neat climax, but getting there takes a lot of filler. For example, the illicit love affair between Rhodes and Francis is dragged out unnecessarily, and as reviewer sneedsnood points out, the business with the fuse is over-emphasized and too revealing. Nonetheless, there are two highlights. The paddle-ball contest between Rhodes and Strauss reaches a rare level of intensity and also reveals a covert side of the toy manufacturer. I expect this departure was inserted to pep up the dawdling narrative. The other is the very last shot, which sneakily puts a very different slant on what's gone before—don't let it slip by. Anyhow, despite Rhodes' dull blandness, Strauss' over-compensating bravado, plus an oddly detached Francis, the entry does have its positives. Still, a half-hour format I think would have provided more punch.


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