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"Alfred Hitchcock Presents" Decoy (1956)

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Alfred Hitchcock Presents: Season 1: Episode 37 -- A man falls in love with a married woman. When her husband turns up dead, he is the most obvious suspect.


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Original Air Date:
10 June 1956 (Season 1, Episode 37)
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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 (Episode Cast) (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)

Alfred Hitchcock ... Himself - Host

Robert Horton ... Gil Larkin

Cara Williams ... Mona Cameron
Jack Mullaney ... Dave Packard

Philip Coolidge ... Lieutenant Brandt
David Orrick McDearmon ... Ben Cameron (as David Orrick)

Harry Lewis ... Ritchie

Frank Gorshin ... Page
Wallace Earl Laven ... Secretary (as Eileen Harley)
Mary Jean Yamaji ... Mrs. Sasikawa
Edo Mita ... Mr. Sasikawa

Harry Tyler ... Theater Doorman

Episode Crew
Directed by
Arnold Laven 
Writing credits
Bernard C. Schoenfeld (teleplay)

Richard Pedicini (story) (as Richard George Pedicini)

Produced by
Joan Harrison .... associate producer
Cinematography by
Reggie Lanning (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Edward W. Williams 
Art Direction by
Martin Obzina 
Set Decoration by
James Redd  (as James S. Redd)
Makeup Department
Jack Barron .... makeup artist
Florence Bush .... hair stylist
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Richard Birnie .... assistant director
Sound Department
Earl Crain Jr. .... sound
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Vincent Dee .... wardrobe supervisor
Editorial Department
Richard G. Wray .... editorial supervisor
Music Department
Stanley Wilson .... music supervisor
Crew believed to be complete

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Additional Details

USA:30 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

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4 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
She Bruises Easily, 9 October 2009
Author: dougdoepke from Claremont, USA

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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