Alfred Hitchcock Presents: Season 6, Episode 32

Self Defense (23 May 1961)

TV Episode  |   |  Crime, Drama, Mystery
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Mr. Clarke is incredibly terrified of guns being pointed at him, and feels he must destroy anyone who would do that to him, like he does to one young robber.



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Episode cast overview:
Himself - Host
Gerald R. Clarke
Audrey Totter ...
Mrs. Philips
Steve Gravers ...
Lt. Schwartz
David Carlile ...
Sgt. Krebs
Jesslyn Fax ...
Mrs. Gruber
Jimmy Philips (as Bob Paget)
Alexander Lockwood ...
Henry Willett


Gerald Clarke interrupts a robbery when he stops at a liquor store while en route to a friends house to play cards. He's quite terrified when the young hoodlum pokes the gun in his back but recovers and shoots the robber with the liquor store owner's gun. He subsequently learns that that the robber's gun wasn't loaded and tries to make amends for what he has done by paying part of the boy's funeral. When Gerald is visited by the boy's mother, tragedy results. Written by garykmcd

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An A grade episode.
18 April 2015 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

After watching this episode, I looked up George Nader's bio. During his career, he was consigned to B grade films. In "Self-defence" George gives an A grade performance in an episode that really works. We feel Gerald Clarke's terror and his regret. He has killed a young man who attempts to rob a liquor store with an unloaded gun and is guilt-stricken about it.

Audrey Trotter is also excellent as the mother of the boy Gerald has killed. The final confrontation scene is loaded with tension and the brutality of the outcome is also palpable.

Some of the episodes in series six are standard fare but this one hits the mark.

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