Matt Thompson is bludgeoned to death with a pipe wrench and suspicion immediately falls on 59 year-old Phil Canby. The wrench belonged to Canby and he was there that evening fixing a leaky ... 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 »
Matt Thompson is bludgeoned to death with a pipe wrench and suspicion immediately falls on 59 year-old Phil Canby. The wrench belonged to Canby and he was there that evening fixing a leaky sink. The real problem however is that Canby is in love with Thompson's 19 year-old daughter, Sue, and they plan on getting married; everyone knew Matt Thompson was violently opposed to their relationship. Canby maintains his innocence throughout and the local Sheriff, who finds it very hard to believe that the mild mannered Canby would do such a thing, investigates. In the end, the true culprit is revealed. Written by
"Backward, Turn Backward" is compelling Hitchcock episode
The 1960 Alfred Hitchcock Presents episode "Backward, Turn Backward" is one of the more compelling and thought-provoking entries in the series. It explores very much a taboo subject for its time (i.e. an older man having conjugal relations with a much younger woman). Tom Tully is accused of killing the father of his teenage lover and all the evidence points to him. The murder weapon has been found and the motive is clear. Tully killed the man because he was dead set against the relationship and was doing everything in his power to stop it. Now the fellow is just plain dead. However, the town sheriff (Alan Baxter) is not quite convinced despite the fact that the murderer (Tully) has already been deemed guilty-as-hell and convicted in the eyes of everyone. He does some digging and soon arrives at a different conclusion. Since the screen time for the show is only about 23 minutes, it doesn't take too long for this to happen. This episode was handled by the prolific Stuart Rosenberg who ended up directing many of Paul Newman's better movies including "Cool Hand Luke." Actress Phyllis Love is Tully's young love interest and although she's already 35, she's able to effectively play a 19-year-old with surprising ease. No nonsense Alan Baxter is excellent as the skeptical sheriff and Tom Tully matches him with a superb performance as the accused man. Tully unfortunately contracted a very serious infection while touring with Bob Hope in Vietnam that cut his life short. He inadvertently became a casualty of the war and should be remembered for his patriotism.
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