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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Episode cast overview:
Himself - Host
Harry Adams
Off. Pete Chandler
Patricia Breslin ...
Mrs. Adams
Charlie Brown
Charles Watts ...
Peter Dane ...
Off. Andy Bleeker


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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26 October 1958 (USA)  »

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Although it may seem to be a goof that the power window works in spite of the keys' having been confiscated, such isn't the case. During the 1950's and early 1960's, power windows, cigarette lighters, and radios could be engaged while engines were turned off, regardless of whether or not keys were in the ignition. See more »


The officer, played by Walter Matthau, turns off Richard Kiley's car and removes the keys. But just a minute later, while the car is still turned off, he plays with the rear power window, raising and lowering it. See more »

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Edgy for an early TV episode
6 January 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Kiley and Breslin star as a couple on a road trip who are waylaid in a rural Southern town by a brutal, corrupt cop (Matthau). They end up being fleeced by a tow truck mechanic who is in cahoots with the cop and a justice of the peace who serves as the town's judge and jury. Plenty of movies would later use this plot, with considerably more graphic results (especially when it involved comely young females). The discerning viewer will notice something odd about Breslin's character and the way she holds her rather bulky purse. I thought perhaps the seemingly honest couple would turn out to be bank robbers, which would be revealed once they got out of town. The actual revelation of who they are was far more interesting. Matthau puts on a suitable redneck accent for his role.

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