Alfred Hitchcock Presents: Season 4, Episode 24

The Avon Emeralds (22 Mar. 1959)

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Scotland Yard is tasked with ensuring that the recently widowed Lady Gwendolyn Avon doesn't smuggle an expensive necklace known as Avon emeralds out of England. Most of her late husband's ... See full summary »

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Scotland Yard is tasked with ensuring that the recently widowed Lady Gwendolyn Avon doesn't smuggle an expensive necklace known as Avon emeralds out of England. Most of her late husband's estate was given up in death taxes and the police are sure she could sell them at a premium abroad. Inspector Benson is tasked with ensuring the jewels' safekeeping but when they are stolen from the hotel safe, it appears Lady Avon has a perfect plan. Written by garykmcd

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Solid Hitchcock
26 August 2011 | by (Claremont,USA) – See all my reviews

Classic Hitchcock in the lighter vein. Luscious Lady Avon (Court) is suspected of ducking out on the tax sale of her expensive emerald necklace. So handsome young inspector (Moore) is assigned to make sure that doesn't happen. But the lady is full of tricks.

Fine light touch throughout by director Windust captures just the right mood. At first I thought Moore's good-looking presence was just another instance of star-casting. But it's not, turning out to be essential to the plot. Note too that the nature of the suspected crime appears a victimless one, also essential to the plot. Court is certainly a babe if there ever was one, and I can understand writer Stephen King's infatuation with her. In fact, I never could forgive Laurence Harvey for wringing her beautiful neck in that 1959 black-humor classic "Arthur". Anyway, in my book, this is a highly enjoyable episode with a delightfully deft touch.


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