Alfred Hitchcock Presents: Season 7, Episode 37

The Big Kick (19 Jun. 1962)

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Ken is a square university professor who likes hanging around with a group of beatniks. At a party he meets Judy who is down and out and can't buy food, let alone pay the rent. Urged on by ... See full summary »

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Kenneth
Anne Helm ...
Frances Morris ...
The Landlady
Thomas Bellin ...
Monk
Rees Vaughn ...
Bruce
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Kong
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Susanne Wasson ...
Linda
Bruce Andersen ...
The Clerk
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Ken is a square university professor who likes hanging around with a group of beatniks. At a party he meets Judy who is down and out and can't buy food, let alone pay the rent. Urged on by her boyfriend Mitch, Judy agrees to go out on a date with Ken in the hopes of getting some money out of him. When the professor gives her an expensive bracelet, Mitch tries to hawk it with interesting results. Ken is obviously one step ahead of them and little do they realize what is in store. Written by garykmcd

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"The Big Kick" is a real gas, man. Can you dig?
15 July 2013 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

Alfred Hitchcock had plenty of disdain for the Beat Generation and it's very apparent in this entry. Wayne Rogers plays a young university professor who enjoys hanging out in a Beatnik coffee shop in Greenwich Village. As the only one in a suit coat and tie, he's a real "square," but his presence is tolerated because he buys plenty of food and alcohol for the assembled guests. They include a young couple of Beatniks played by Brian Hutton (as Mitch) and good-looking Anne Helm. Both Mitch and his girlfriend are flat broke and their rent is due in a few days. Poor Annie hasn't had a decent meal for the longest time, but Mitch has a great idea to help both of them. Since Mr. Rogers seems to have eyes for Anne, Mitch decides to pimp her out for a while. He also needs some extra cash so he can cut out to San Francisco and start playing some gigs with the local jazzmen. He figures that his girlfriend should be able to at least hit Rogers up for a couple of hundred bucks. After several dates with the supposedly smitten Rogers, Anne returns to their pad with an expensive bracelet which she immediately hands over to her worthless and conniving boyfriend. Mitch is in for a surprise, however, when he takes it over to a local jewelry shop to sell it off. The merchandise is "hot" and before you can say "what a bummer, man," Mitch is arrested for grand larceny. Of course, Ms. Helm is not amused at the turn of events and gives Rogers a good tongue-lashing for his duplicity. Of course, she still thinks this fellow really "digs" her. But what Rogers really digs is defenseless women and our Beatnik girl finds that out a little bit too late. The end result is that "The Big Kick" doesn't seem too kind to young university professors either besides making Beatniks look like leeches and morons. I wouldn't classify this episode as one of Hitchcock's "public services," but he certainly had a point of view about the Beats, and it was not a positive one. This entry was directed with flair and some "groovy" dialogue by Hitchcock veteran Alan Crosland, Jr.


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