Alfred Hitchcock Presents: Season 2, Episode 15

Crackpot (6 Jan. 1957)

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A Good Samaritan helps a newlywed couple with a flat tire. But when the groom accidentally dirties the man's suit, the stranger reveals himself to be a dangerous crackpot.

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Biff McGuire ...
Ray Loomis
Robert Emhardt ...
Moon
Mary Scott ...
Meg Loomis
Michael Fox ...
Sergeant Carpenter
Phil Garris ...
Bellhop
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Mr. and Mrs. Loomis are two newlyweds who have recently endured a family tragedy and are now having bad luck on their honeymoon. Their car has a flat tire -- and so does the spare. A stranger named Mr. Moon passes by and fixes the tire. But this Good Samaritan proves to be a crackpot. Mr. Loomis trips and falls onto Moon, dirtying his white suit. The man becomes enraged and threatens to kill him, before driving off. Later, the couple arrive at their hotel. And they realize their bad luck has gotten worse when the crackpot is in the suite right next to theirs. Written by J. Spurlin

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[first lines]
Ray Loomis: Oh, what about that, huh?
Meg Loomis: What about what?
Ray Loomis: You get a honeymoon once in your life, and I have to get a flat tire.
Meg Loomis: Do you mean me, darling?
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Next Time, Call Triple-A
21 February 2009 | by (Claremont,USA) – See all my reviews

Vintage Hitchcock of the caliber that separated the series from the rest of the TV pack. Ray and Meg Loomis are such sweet young newly-weds. When their car breaks down, passerby Mr. Moon stops to help. But soon nice guy Moon goes absurdly ballistic when Ray accidentally smudges his clean white suit. Then the pudgy character weirdly turns up at their honeymoon hotel. What's with this guy-- he must be some kind of crackpot. The ending is a real stunner, especially for 1950's TV.

In my book, there were two characters who could carry a whole Hitchcock half-hour—the jowly Henry Jones and the baby-faced Robert Emhardt. There was no one else like them in distinctive appearance and arch manner. Here it's Emhardt as the aptly named Moon. Note how smoothly he transitions from Good Samaritan to enraged crackpot. Right away we know he's going to put the wrong kind of moon in honeymoon, especially when he takes a hammer to the hotel room wall. How's that for newly-wed privacy. In passing— see if you agree: Mary Scott as Meg with her big black eyes, round face, and pixie hair-do is a dead ringer for cartoon character Betty Boop!


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