Alfred Hitchcock Presents: Season 4, Episode 7

Man with a Problem (16 Nov. 1958)

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Karen Adams' infidelity drives her husband Carl to attempt suicide by jumping from a high window ledge at a hotel. Can police officer Barrett stop him?

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Carl Adams
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Karen Adams
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Carl checks into a hotel and promptly steps out onto the ledge, apparently intending to kill himself. Carl recounts the events that have led him to this decision. His beautiful wife Karen was having an affair with a married man called Steve and eventually decides to leave her husband for him. Carl warns her that men like Steve will never leave their wives for a mistress but she dismisses this only to find that her husband had it right all along. In despair, she commits suicide. On the ledge, Carl seems willing to talk only to the local beat cop, Officer Barrett who goes out on the ledge to talk Carl into stepping back into the room. Little does he know that this is exactly what Carl had in mind. Written by garykmcd

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Too Man Variables but Still Fun
8 July 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is the old "man on the ledge" story. Gary Merrill is out there, having just experienced the death of his young, beautiful wife, Elizabeth Montgomery (of Bewitched fame). It turns out that she has had an affair and has asked for a divorce. Her unhappiness is never given a foundation. Merrill seems like a nice guy, but we don't know the details of their marriage. He does what he can to try to salvage things but she is adamant. Of course, the bulk of the episode is about the current situation. The usual New Yorkers are down there yelling for him to jump, while a young police lieutenant works to talk him off the ledge. A complicating factor is the Captain who butts in and refuses to let the young man do the talking, saying he is a publicity hound and is just doing this to feather his own nest. The conclusion is incredibly far fetched but quite satisfying (as is often the case if you don't think about it for more than a minute). As with this plot, it factors in a fear of heights and the poor man's near falls.


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