Alfred Hitchcock Presents: Season 3, Episode 16

Sylvia (19 Jan. 1958)

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Sylvia is a young woman who we think is contemplating suicide. Her ex-husband, Peter, married her for money. When he forged a check, her father agreed not to prosecute if he divorced her. ... See full summary »

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Sylvia is a young woman who we think is contemplating suicide. Her ex-husband, Peter, married her for money. When he forged a check, her father agreed not to prosecute if he divorced her. Now Sylvia is again in touch with Peter, and wants him back. Peter calls her father and tells him that he will stay out of her life for a price. Sylvia's father tells her about his blackmail scheme, and she tells him that she bought a gun to use on Peter if they did not get back together. She goes to her room alone and is followed by her father, who is worried about her and tries to retrieve the gun. Written by Anonymous

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Who is Sylvia?
26 December 2012 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

Sylvia is too old to be playing the part of a young, beautiful heiress. This is one of the weakest episodes of the series. Other reviews have noted the age of the actors playing father and daughter are way off, barely two years apart in real life. Maybe in 1958 it did not seem as weird since women of today often do a better job of retaining their youth. Looking at "Sylvia" today though, her age is distracting as it is just hard to buy them as father and daughter.

The bigger problem with this episode though is that it moves slowly and really never does go anywhere. The story borrow elements from other Hitchcock and non-Hitchcock related tales (rich family, sad heiress, no good son-in-law etc.) but does not bring anything new to the equation. The ending is out of place. Perhaps a more interesting story is out there if one uses this ending as the beginning of another story. There are better episodes out there and I recommend taking a pass on this one.


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