Tony Lorca arrives in a small town in the middle of a blizzard to a less than pleasant reception in the local saloon. One of the locals says he's seen him before but leaves the saloon ... See full summary »

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Tony Lorca arrives in a small town in the middle of a blizzard to a less than pleasant reception in the local saloon. One of the locals says he's seen him before but leaves the saloon before trouble starts. Lorca loses his gun in a poker game at which point the same local returns with a sheriff's poster: Lorca is a wanted man with a $5000 reward on his head. Seeing no way out, Lorca auctions himself to the highest bidder, offering to turn himself in without a fuss. His plan is to spend the money and have a good time before he meets the hangman. Turns out he killed the saloon girl's husband some time ago and she has something else in mind. But is Lorca really who he says he is? Written by garykmcd

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A more lighthearted episode than usual
11 August 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Whereas most of the time the Alfred Hitchcock Presents shows were either chillers or allegories with a moral coda at the conclusion this one is a gently comic tale with well matched stars.

Ricardo Montalban and Constance Ford at first glance would seem mismatched but their interplay is easy, relaxed and charming. Montalban, handsome and smooth, literally blows into town's watering hole on the tale of a blizzard with a price on his head and a disarming manner. It seems most of the denizens of the town have taken refuge during the storm and he butts heads with widowed saloon girl Ford. Connie Ford was best known for playing smothering dragon mothers or frowzy harridans of another stripe and she was one of the best at it. However while she is still a tough customer here she's svelte, perhaps the most shapely she ever was, and able to show off her comic chops which were considerable, she and Ricardo make an engaging pair in their prickly banter.

Surrounded by able supporting players, in particular Arch Johnson, the pair spar and spark in amusing fashion. Pasty Kelly, in what was standard practice at the time, is ridiculously cast as a Native American. She was surely cast more for her comic gifts than her ethnicity because she's as much of an Indian as your Aunt Tillie from Syracuse but she is quite humorous in her part.

A nice change of pace for the series performed by a game cast this is a breezy thirty minutes.


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