Alfred Hitchcock Presents: Season 4, Episode 4

The Crooked Road (26 Oct. 1958)

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Harry Adams and his wife are driving cross-country through a rural Deep South town when a local speed trap ensnares the young couple. The corrupt redneck police officer, Chandler, arrests ... See full summary »

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Harry Adams and his wife are driving cross-country through a rural Deep South town when a local speed trap ensnares the young couple. The corrupt redneck police officer, Chandler, arrests them and attempts to extort money from them. The more sophisticated and civilized vacationers from the Big Apple protest their innocence. But the worse they protest, the more the charges, cost & beatings inflicted by Officer Chandler and the entire town of corrupt rednecks becomes. Even Mrs. Adams sincere attempts to mollify the highway robbery patrol doesn't work. How more bad can it get? Yet, the "victim" Mr. Adams, as well as his wife, are not who they appear to be... Written by David Stevens

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This is the story of a personal nightmare. It has been done before but this is a pretty good effort.. It involves the fragile world entered by people who suddenly find themselves at the mercy of some bad cops in their personal world. From the evil Walter Matthau, a corrupt highway cop and extortionist, to a tow truck driver who his part of an organized ring, to a judge who finishes things off, our main character and his wife are subjected to brutality and fear, over which they have no control. The tension in this episode is all brought on by the helplessness they feel as the expenses mount up, from fixing a wheel bearing that is not damaged, to being beaten for "resisting arrest." The characters try to keep that pose of respectability throughout, but when push comes to shove, they are brutal. This is one of the most frightening of the episodes because it deals in a human situation which could very easily take place. A bad cop has tremendous power because people, for the most part, start with trust. This is a very good offering.


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