When his fiancée Helen leaves chicken farmer Arthur for another man, he accepts her decision by conveniently enjoying the life of a bachelor. A year passes and Helen pays him a return visit... See full summary »
A continuation of the dramatic anthology series hosted by the master of suspense and mystery. When the series Alfred Hitchcock Presents was revived in 1962, the name was changed, but the ... See full summary »
With his rumpled raincoat, ever-present cigar, bumbling demeanour and Sherlock Holmesian powers of deduction, disarmingly polite homicide detective Lieutenant Columbo took on some of the most cunning murderers in Los Angeles, most of whom made one fatal, irrevocable mistake: underestimating his investigative genius.
Dr. Cal Lightman teaches a course in body language and makes an honest fortune exploiting it. He's employed by various public authorities in various investigations, doing more when the ... See full summary »
The show follows a crime, usually adapted from current headlines, from two separate vantage points. The first half of the show concentrates on the investigation of the crime by the police, the second half follows the prosecution of the crime in court.
Jesse L. Martin,
When his fiancée Helen leaves chicken farmer Arthur for another man, he accepts her decision by conveniently enjoying the life of a bachelor. A year passes and Helen pays him a return visit, asking for forgiveness. It seems her love interest didn't work out and she wants to rekindle an old flame, against Arthur's wish to remain a bachelor. Accostomed to strangling chickens for a living, Arthur angrily applies the same method to Helen, then hides her body. The police suspect him of murder, but can do nothing for lack of evidence. Written by
One of the most talked-about of the Hitchcock entries. At the time (1959), Laurence Harvey was about to become a star in America after a career on British stage and screen. Here he gets to camp it up shamelessly as the unlikely proprietor of a one-man chicken farm-- it's automated, you see. He walks around in a white lab coat, conversing with the camera as he explains the plot to us. The problem is that he's got this on-again off-again romance with the delectably ripened Hazel Court. At present it's off-again and in an outrage against lovers of voluptuous women everywhere, he confuses her with a chicken by wringing her neck. E-gad!
There's some suspense and an amusing climax, but the main draw (for me, at least) is watching the epicene Harvey obviously enjoying himself in the role. Likely he and Hitch enjoyed a claret or two along with some of the feathered props after a short day of shooting. Too bad Harvey died young. Probably no one could be more cold-heartedly nasty on screen than he.
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