A no parole prisoner breaks out prison to meet the woman pen pal he has fallen in love with, but only finds her aunt at home.

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Miss Lowen receives a visit from the police to warn her that her niece, who is an orphan and has lived with her for nine years, has been corresponding with Rod Collins, a lifer at the State Penitentiary. It would appear that her niece got in touch with him through a pen pal club. The officer warns her that Collins has broken out of jail and may be coming her way. Fortunately, her niece is out of town visiting friends, and when Collins shows up, she is left with no choice but to call the police. Collins is recaptured, but what does she tell her niece? Written by garykmcd

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1 November 1960 (USA)  »

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Not Up to Series Norm
24 June 2010 | by See all my reviews

Aging Miss Lowen (Squire) has an attractive adopted daughter who's made a romantic "pen pal" out of a guy who turns out to be a convict (Gulager) at a near-by prison. Trouble is he has escaped and the daughter has gone visiting, so the vulnerable Miss Lowen is now alone with an amorous convict on the loose.

Though there is some suspense, much is removed by the fact that we know Rod, the convict, doesn't want to hurt the older lady. So we're left wondering how the predicament will resolve itself. Then too, the action of the cops to leave Lowen alone in the house seems highly illogical. It's actually pretty slender fare, not up to usual Hitchcock norm, with an expected twist you may see coming. It's also among the most cheaply produced—a single parlor room set and three actors. Gulager does a good job impersonating a desperate con, but otherwise it's a highly forgettable episode.


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