[SPOILER:] Iggy Kovacs, a Brooklyn hoodlum is gunned down and his childhood friend remembers the day, 35 years before, that had a profound impact on Iggy and set his future course in life. Iggy and his pal see the local gangster, Mr. Rose, beat up someone. They try to report it to the police but no one, including Iggy's father, seems to have the courage to take on the local gangster. Written by
It's been 47 years since I saw this episode of Alfred Hitchcock Presents, but I've never forgotten it. I couldn't remember who the stars were and the title of the episode. I finally typed in "Childhood of a gangster" under "Plots" and damned! There is was all along. The story is a good reminder of how many of us have had our bubbles burst when we discover that our fathers are not the larger-than-life heroes we always thought them to be, but human and fallible, after all. Sometimes the shock can be devastating, as seen here through the eyes of young Iggy. I, too, will always remember the haunting way little Iggy ran away from his friend at the end, telling him that Mr. Rose would protect him from his father. And the fading lines as he disappeared down the dark street: "...you'll see!!...you'll see!!....you'll see!!"
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