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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Anne Helm ...
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Monk
Rees Vaughn ...
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Kong
Jan Conaway ...
Connie
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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nicely realized Bloch story
26 June 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Like an earlier episode, "Most Likely to Succeed," this story gives clues to its twist ending all along, so the story itself must be entertaining in it's own right. That it does by diving into the alternate reality of Beatnik culture. As usual, we get a parody of a Beat poetry performance, so the weight of the subculture must be carried by actor Brian Hutton's intense performance as the slacker/leech/philosophical musician beatnik who's indoctrinating his girlfriend into the Beat culture. You might turn on close-captions to double-check his Beat jargon. The ending is pure Robert Bloch, whom Stephen King borrowed from frequently.

Despite being synonymous with twist-ending horror stories, there are surprisingly few of Robert Bloch's own original stories in the series. The final season saw two nice adaptations, making me wish Hitch had presented more.


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