Alfred Hitchcock Presents: Season 4, Episode 15

A Personal Matter (18 Jan. 1959)

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Murderer hiding out on a failing mine operation, is discovered by the chief engineer. Both are stuck in this remote area of Mexico for 6 weeks until the company owner's plane returns. With ... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview:
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Bret Johnson
Joe Maross ...
Joe Philips
Frank Silvera ...
Mr. Roderiguez
Richard Bermudez ...
Leonard Strong ...
Anna Navarro ...


Murderer hiding out on a failing mine operation, is discovered by the chief engineer. Both are stuck in this remote area of Mexico for 6 weeks until the company owner's plane returns. With the contract almost up, the accused killer was brought in to spur the dig, in return for refuge. He keeps a gun trained on the engineer, though the engineer assures the hunted man he empathizes with him. Opportunities to kill each other in the shaft are rife, but the fugitive's work is turning the project around. Written by David Stevens

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Very Odd Relationship
13 July 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

What is very strange about this episode the situation these men find themselves in. They are building a mining tunnel through the side of a hill in some remote place that is nearly inaccessible. It is dangerous, unpredictable work. Because of a lack of proper equipment and poor quality workmen, the head engineer has had enough and decides to quite the project. At one point he is nearly killed when all the men run away. One day, the boss arrives, bringing with him a man who is supposedly skilled in this kind of work. The boss takes off while our hero is in the mine, leaving him there for several weeks. He decides he would rather continue to work on the project rather than sit around. A suspicious relationship develops between the two men. Also, a radio announcement makes it clear that the new guy may be a wanted murder suspect. There are guns involved and lots of distrust. The story has the usual Hitchcock, O. Henry kind of conclusion.

One of the stranger thing about the episode is the fact that they have frequent parties on the beach. There is one woman, a beautiful young nurse, who dances as they play their instruments. I can't imagine a more dangerous place for such a person. She seems totally out of place. She does, however, provide medical attention for the men. Strange.

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