Dave Rainey was once a healthy, successful individual. He now finds himself struck down in the prime of his life and confined to an iron lung. He has a full-time nurse and his pretty wife ...
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Dave Rainey was once a healthy, successful individual. He now finds himself struck down in the prime of his life and confined to an iron lung. He has a full-time nurse and his pretty wife is attentive, but he is concerned at her friendship with Arnold Barrett. One evening, she gives their full-time nurse the evening off and Dave concludes this must be the evening that she will finish him off. He confronts her and she admits that she had been planning this for some time but in the end, she is unable to complete the task. Little does she know that Dave has his own plans for her. Written by
"No Pain" is textbook Hitchcock and with the requisite surprise ending. Brian Keith plays a wealthy and healthy fellow who is married to beautiful Joanna Moore. The "healthy" part of his life is shown in flashback as Keith is now suffering a debilitating illness and confined to a portable and electrically powered iron lung. Our story begins with Keith being attended to by his live-in nurse and watching wife Joanna take off sailing with her new "companion" (Yale Wexler). When she returns, the two have it out once and for all. With the nurse conveniently given the night off, the frustrated Ms. Moore literally "pulls the plug" on her husband and tells him that she's more than infatuated with her sailor/boyfriend. She also tells him that she's going to end his misery later, but not on this day. After her nice time out in the ocean, she's in too good of a mood to commit murder. With a little coaxing and some earnest begging, Keith convinces her to plug his iron lung back into the wall socket to keep him from dying. What naive Joanna doesn't know is that her husband has suspected her all along of eventually killing him, and he has made some arrangements to keep that from happening. Directed by veteran and Hitchcock stalwart Norman Lloyd, "No Pain" is a standard entry for the series until the sudden and unexpected ending. As for the cast, it's interesting to see now how much Tatum O'Neal looks like her late mother, Joanna Moore. Ms. Moore was a fine actress in her day and could play the sweet nurturing wife or a conniving woman with equal skill. Brian Keith, as always, does a fine job as the infirm husband with the scheming plans. And he does it all without moving a muscle.
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