Alfred Hitchcock Presents: Season 1, Episode 37

Decoy (10 Jun. 1956)

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Gil Larkin is suspected of murder when Mona Cameron's allegedly abusive husband is shot dead in front of him and he gets knocked out by an unknown assailant.

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Secretly in love with a married singer, Gil Larkin learns that she is being abused by her husband. Confronting the man in his office, Gil is knocked unconscious, only to awaken and learn he's being framed for the husband's murder - and must now discover who is really behind the crime. Written by Anonymous

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She Bruises Easily
9 October 2009 | by (Claremont,USA) – See all my reviews

Average episode, but average for Hitchcock still means entertaining with a twist. Piano player and arranger Gil Larkin (Horton) has secret crush on song bird Mona Cameron (Williams). The trouble is she's married to a high-powered businessman, so Gil's left to pine away until he finds a bruise on Mona's arm. Convinced that husband is abusing her, he confronts Cameron in his office. There, however, he's slugged, and Cameron is shot by an unknown assailant. Now the cops will think Gil did it and he's got only a few hours to clear himself.

Gil's search is fairly suspenseful, but what I like is the effort to make it unusually colorful. His first stop is a Japanese Kabuki theatre— not exactly a staple of 50's programming—where the two interviewees argue tantalizingly in Japanese, while he's left to puzzle it out. Then, in deep contrast, he goes to a very 50's record hop, where the DJ (Mullaney) sounds like he's only one step away from the funny farm. Two very clever venues for TV of the day.

Horton was an early Hitchcock favorite. Nonetheless, the hunky actor is somewhat miscast as a muscular piano player, but is clearly on his way to bigger roles, which he would get on the long-running Wagon Train series. Mullaney was another early Hitch favorite, unsurprisingly, since he was adept at the kind of offbeat characters the series specialized in. Here his nervous giggle comes across as a neurotic defense mechanism and there's something satisfying in Gil's finally manhandling his giggly evasions. And, of course, there's Cara Williams who, along with Patricia Berry, seemed to have a monopoly on the archly feminine of the day. Anyway, it's an entertaining , if unmemorable, half-hour with a better-than-average Hitchcock epilogue.


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