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"Alfred Hitchcock Presents" The Contest for Aaron Gold (1960)

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Writers:
William Fay (teleplay)
Philip Roth (story)
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Original Air Date:
18 October 1960 (Season 6, Episode 4)
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Plot:
Bernie Samuelson is a ceramic arts teacher at a children's summer camp. From the very first day, he... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

 (Episode Cast) (in credits order)

Alfred Hitchcock ... Himself - Host

Barry Gordon ... Aaron Gold

Sydney Pollack ... Bernie Samuelson
Frank Maxwell ... Mr. Stern
William Thourlby ... Lefty James

John Craven ... Herbert Gold
Buddy Lewis ... Angelo
Michael Adam Lloyd ... Boy
Robin Warga ... Boy
Philip Phillips ... Henry (as Phil Phillips)

Episode Crew
Directed by
Norman Lloyd 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
William Fay  teleplay
Philip Roth  story

Produced by
Joan Harrison .... producer
Norman Lloyd .... associate producer
 
Cinematography by
John L. Russell (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Edward W. Williams 
 
Art Direction by
Martin Obzina 
 
Set Decoration by
Rudy Butler 
John McCarthy Jr.  (as John McCarthy)
 
Makeup Department
Jack Barron .... makeup artist
Florence Bush .... hair stylist
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
James H. Brown .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
James Brock .... sound
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Vincent Dee .... costume supervisor
 
Editorial Department
David J. O'Connell .... editorial supervisor
 
Music Department
Frederick Herbert .... music supervisor
 

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30 min
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9 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
Interesting Departure, 17 April 2009
Author: dougdoepke from Claremont, USA

Odd choice for a series built on suspense, chills, and mayhem. There's none of that here, although the ending manages some characteristic irony. Nonetheless, there's more depth than in the average entry, no doubt because the screenplay is based on a story by respected literary writer Phillip Roth. Sydney Pollack plays an earnest ceramics teacher hired by gung- ho Frank Maxwell to teach ceramics to boys at an exclusive summer camp. Naturally, 10- year old boys are more interested in the outdoors than sitting at a table mushing around with clay. Thus, Pollack's work is cut out for him. He's frustrated until student Barry Gordon shows both dedication and talent in fashioning an artistic one-armed warrior. The trouble is that Gordon's not interested in the vigorous camp activities that camp owner Maxwell prizes. That puts Pollack in a difficult position since he accommodates the talented boy, at the same time Maxwell threatens to fire him for it. So what does Pollack do—nurture talent or keep his job.

The story's really about enforcing unthinking conformity. Maxwell runs the camp like a petty tyrant, insisting on his own regime regardless of individual differences. That may be the only way to run a boy's camp, but it comes at a price for gifted boys like Gordon. It also comes at the expense of a personal reality, that only becomes apparent at entry's end when both Pollack and Maxwell are taught a lesson about imposing conformity in all situations. The story's probably not every Hitchcock fan's cup of tea. Nonetheless, it remains a worthwhile half-hour, superbly acted by the three principals, demonstrating that director-actor Pollack was as good in front of the camera as he was behind.

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