The Alfred Hitchcock Hour: Season 3, Episode 19

Wally the Beard (1 Mar. 1965)

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After work, Lucy, a keypunch operator, meets Walter, a short, balding, bespectacled computer technician who is her supervisor. She tells him that he is a forgettable bore, and hands back ... See full summary »

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Larry Blyden ...
Walter Mills / Philip Marshall
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Noreen Kimberly
Berkeley Harris ...
Curly
Katherine Squire ...
Mrs. Adams
George Mitchell ...
Keefer
Lee Bergere ...
The Detective
Dave Willock ...
The Wig Salesman
Elizabeth Harrower ...
Mrs. Jones
Leslie Perkins ...
Lucy Jones
John Indrisano ...
The Bartender
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After work, Lucy, a keypunch operator, meets Walter, a short, balding, bespectacled computer technician who is her supervisor. She tells him that he is a forgettable bore, and hands back her ring, breaking their six-week engagement. Walter walks past a custom wig shop, and enters. Soon he is persuaded to buy a $250 human hair toupee and beard. He stops at a bar and overhears Noreen and Curly talking about sailing. He tells them that he is Philip Marshall, an expert yachtsman who has sailed the Caribbean and around the world several times. Noreen tells Curly that it is 5:15, and he is late for an appointment. When Philip and Noreen are alone, he offers to teach her how to sail. He then goes home to his room and board walk-up, where the manager, Mrs. Adams, confronts him. He identifies himself as Philip, and says that he is a friend of Walter. In his room, he looks out the window, and sees Curly watching him. He removes his wig and beard. The next morning, Mrs. Adams tells Walter that ... Written by Lewis Amack

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Lesser Hitch
26 May 2015 | by (Claremont,USA) – See all my reviews

The main reason to catch this otherwise lesser Hitch is actor Blyden's gutsy turn as two distinct personality types. As Walter, he's a balding nobody with personality to match; with a fake wig and beard, however, he's transformed into Phillip, an attractive sophisticate and pseudo-yachtsman. Now he can get the girl of his dreams, instead of getting dumped by a fickle co-worker. Trouble is the gorgeous blonde (Browne) he now hooks up with could be a load of trouble, what with her jealous ex (Harris) who's on Phillip's tail. Plus Walter-Phillip is leaving a batch of unpaid rent in his wake that the two old crones are not going to forgive.

The screenplay's more of a stretch than usual. Plus there's no real suspense, just curiosity about where the story's going. Add some padding with the stiffed landladies, and the result is pretty forgettable. Nonetheless, The kittenish Browne is enough to trap any guy, while Blyden makes his tricky role almost believable. Frankly, though, I think producer Lloyd should have sent the script back for a re-write.


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