Alfred Hitchcock Presents: Season 2, Episode 10

Jonathan (2 Dec. 1956)

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A college boy with an unnaturally close relationship to his father suspects his stepmother of foul play.

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Rosine Dalliford
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Gil Dalliford
Douglas Kennedy ...
Jonathan Dalliford
Walter Kingsford ...
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Gil Dalliford has an unnaturally close relationship to his father, whom he calls by his first name, Jonathan. "Every important moment of my life is a moment I had with Jonathan," he says. But after eighteen years of being a widower, Jonathan finds he's ready to settle down with a new wife. Before Gil even meets her, he declares his everlasting hatred for her. And that hatred only intensifies after his father dies. Of a heart attack, the doctor said. But Gil suspects foul play. Written by J. Spurlin

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Gil Dalliford: [narrating] Everything Jonathan ever told me I remember. Even what he said about the water in the boathouse. Was I five or six when I asked him about Mother? "The waves," he said. "Your mother's dying was like the waves, drawn away by a tide, no longer an individual wave, but once again a part of a total surface." Every important moment of my life is a moment I had with Jonathan. Every incident, everything in this room is a memory of Jonathan. This table. We made it together. It ...
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Love Thy Father!
11 November 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is the story of a young man who so loves his father, he becomes obsessive to the point of murder. We get to meet the old man. He is a kind, successful, reasonable man. The son is fawning and needy and mentally ill. When the father dies of heart failure, the son blames his stepmother. He has hated her ever since she arrived in the family. He feels she has taken his place. When it becomes obvious that she is not a fortune hunter, our focus shifts to him. He is truly messed up. She tries so hard to understand him and tells him to take the house that has been left to him. She has never done anything to get in his way, yet the hatred has poisoned him. The conclusion is appropriate; that's all I will say. I'm sure Freud would have had a few choice words had he seen this episode.


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