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 ...
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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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