Two men wait at a train station. A wailing siren periodically reminds them that a maniac has escaped from the local mental hospital.

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Two men wait at a train station. One is an accountant. The other is a lawyer. A siren wails periodically. It seems a maniac has escaped from the local mental hospital. The police haven't caught him yet. So, who knows if the maniac will come charging into the waiting room? In fact, who knows if he isn't already there? Written by J. Spurlin

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23 June 1957 (USA)  »

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[first lines]
Bellefontaine: Oh, hello.
Jones: Hello.
Bellefontaine: [voice-over] It was foolish to hurry so. What's the matter with me? Now I'm out of breath. I'll stay here a minute to get my breath, or else he'll ask what's the matter, and I'll tell him it's asthma, and he'll tell me about how his wife had asthma, or his boss, or his cousin Wilbur.
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Hitchcock Does Minimalism
19 April 2016 | by (Claremont,USA) – See all my reviews

Psychological study with a one-note plot, a single set, and two players. It's a pretty spare setup, but manages to hold interest. So which of the two ticket-buyers in the empty train station is the escaped lunatic. At first we hear in voice-over Bellefontaine's (Harris) growing suspicions about the unkempt, unfriendly Jones (Salmi) sitting across from him. He certainly looks menacing, big, burly, and toying with a poker above the wood stove. Then we begin to hear Jones's suspicions about the little, bald-headed guy across from him with his mysterious satchel that could be hiding anything. And we wonder which of the two is the real escaped nutcase.

Salmi and Harris are well chosen for their parts and deliver two versions of a possible lunatic. Can't say I think the payoff equaled the buildup, but that's just my reaction. This has to be one of the least expensive productions of the series, but does manage some suspense thanks to two fine actors.


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