Alfred Hitchcock Presents: Season 5, Episode 31

I Can Take Care of Myself (15 May 1960)

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Bert Haber is an old time piano player and he and Georgia, who sings, have proven to be a very popular nightclub act. Problems arise when a gangster, 'Little Dandy' Dorf, takes a liking to ... See full summary »



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Episode complete credited cast:
Himself - Host
Myron McCormick ...
Bert Haber
Linda Lawson ...
Will Kuluva ...
Edmon Ryan ...
Jack Simpson
Little Dandy Dorf
Lennie Weinrib ...
Amos (as Leonard Weinrib)
William Sharon ...
Henchman with Flowers
The Insurance Man


Bert Haber is an old time piano player and he and Georgia, who sings, have proven to be a very popular nightclub act. Problems arise when a gangster, 'Little Dandy' Dorf, takes a liking to Georgia but she wants no part of him and pours a drink over his head. Soon after, Bert is threatened when someone suggests he get an insurance policy. Things come to a head a few weeks later when Bert is approached by a police officer who has information and suggest that he is in need of protection. Bert doesn't quite realize who he needs protection from, however. Written by garykmcd

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15 May 1960 (USA)  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

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1.33 : 1
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Bert Haber: Joey's worried.
Georgia: What - about me? Shouldn't be. I can take care of myself.
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Baby, Won't You Please Come Home
Written by Charles Warfield and Clarence Williams
Performed by Linda Lawson
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"I Can Take Care of Myself" goes dark quickly
23 October 2013 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

Veteran actor Myron McCormick and young Linda Lawson play a piano player and a chanteuse in a popular nightclub owned by a guy named Joey (Will Kuluva). Unfortunately for the duo, a "regular customer" is a local mobster named Little Dandy (Frankie Darro) who shows up with his henchmen and immediately begins to hit on Ms. Lawson---and he doesn't take "no" for an answer. After withstanding all his unpleasant advances, Little Dandy finally grabs her roughly while she's walking towards the stage and she ends up dumping her drink on his head. A brawl ensues with McCormick jumping in to aid his singer. The two entertainers have a sort-of father-daughter relationship and he does his best to keep her safe from hoodlums like Little Dandy. But then the story takes a very bleak detour. Ms. Lawson is beaten to death a few days later by an unknown assailant and McCormick is warned by a detective that he may be next to get "hit." An "Insurance Salesman" (Pat Harrington Jr. from "One Day at a Time" fame) also appears at the bar and threatens McCormick with bodily harm. In the end, this dour and violent tale has nowhere to go except to kill off McCormick. Without his lovely singer, he didn't have much to live for anyway. This episode was directed by the competent Alan Crosland Jr. but there isn't much he can do with the limited script. Ms. Lawson had a long and productive career as did Mr. McCormick. Of course, Pat Harrington's "Schneider" on "One Day at a Time" is one of television's more memorable comic roles. This is one of those few Hitchcock entries that totally lacks suspense. The "surprise" ending is anything but, and the plot itself is weak and pointless. Two nice people get killed for nothing more than defending themselves. End of story.

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