Alfred Hitchcock Presents: Season 3, Episode 11

The Deadly (15 Dec. 1957)

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A plumber is blackmailing several suburban housewives. When he confronts his latest victim, Margot Brenner, he runs into a dead end. She catches onto his scam and uses his own method to ... See full summary »

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A plumber is blackmailing several suburban housewives. When he confronts his latest victim, Margot Brenner, he runs into a dead end. She catches onto his scam and uses his own method to bring him to down. Written by Anonymous

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It Ain't Mr. Goodwrench
23 November 2010 | by (Claremont,USA) – See all my reviews

I'm not sure why the entry is titled The Deadly, which doesn't seem appropriate, at all. It is a fairly mild episode, but not without interest. So what the heck's up with this plumber (Phillips). He's there to fix a leak in Mrs. Brenner's (Thaxter) comfortable suburban home, yet acts awfully familiar for a stranger, especially when he unfolds her nightgown. Apparently, he knows his way around the entire neighborhood. So what's he up to and what should she do.

Phyllis Thaxter was an early series favorite and is well cast here as an attractive housewife with an upscale husband (Stevens). Speaking of Craig Stevens, this was shortly before he trimmed his hair for the chic and trendy Peter Gunn series. Also, handsome Lee Phillips makes for a breezy and surprisingly spic and span plumber whose bad grammar sort of comes and goes.

Frankly, I was hoping for a more severe comeuppance, but I guess that would have been awkward with so many culprits. Instead, it's a kind of poetic justice that brings a chuckle instead of a shudder.


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