Alfred Hitchcock Presents: Season 2, Episode 28

One More Mile to Go (7 Apr. 1957)

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Sam Jacoby has his wife's corpse in the trunk of his car, and is menaced by a motorcycle cop, who nags him about a taillight.

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In the midst of a heated quarrel, a man lifts up the fireplace poker in his hand and brings it down on his wife, who drops to the floor. She's dead. The man puts her body in the trunk of his car and drives off, hoping to find somewhere to dispose of it. If he thought his wife was a nag, she'll seem like sweetness and light compared to a motorcycle cop, who stops him and insists he fix his broken taillight. Written by J. Spurlin

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Sam Jacoby: I was only doing 35, officer.
Motorcycle Cop: What I stopped you for has got nothing to do with speeding.
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Hitchcock at his best
6 December 2006 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I disagree with the other review for this episode.

"One More Mile to Go" is a fine addition to the works of Alfred Hitchcock, and is leaps and bounds better than many of the instalments of "Alfred Hitchcock Presents" and other shows of the time.

The story is simple: Sam Jacoby (the ever-excellent David Wayne) kills his wife, and intends to dispose of her corpse. He loads her into the trunk of his car, and sets off to ditch her where she'll never be found. Along the way, a motorcycle cop pulls him over for a faulty tail light. Will the cop discover the body?

Aside from Wayne's superb performance, the show has all the hallmarks of great Hitchcock: almost the entire first act is silent, as Hitch finds interesting ways to tell the story, keeping himself (and the audience) amused. He must also have taken much delight from the scenario: he places the audience firmly on the side of David Wayne's character... we are on the edge of our seat every time the cop or the mechanic comes close to that trunk, every time they try to pry it open, and therefore we are as guilty by implication as he is!

Along with Hitchcock's other forays into television, this segment shows him to be a masterly -- and somewhat subversive -- director, whose only concern was to tell a good story visually. He was so far ahead of his time it just isn't funny, and this and his other episodes hold up exceptionally well. Highly recommended.


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