Alfred Hitchcock Presents: Season 2, Episode 22

The End of Indian Summer (24 Feb. 1957)

TV Episode  |   |  Crime, Drama, Mystery
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An insurance investigator and his wife look into the case of Mrs. Gillespie, who has been widowed twice -- and has twice enjoyed windfalls from her husbands' life insurance.



(teleplay) (as James Cavanagh) , (story) (as Maurice Baudin Jr.)
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Episode complete credited cast:
Himself - Host
Joe Rogers
Marguerite Gillespie
Howard Fieldstone
Kathleen Maguire ...
Mrs. Rogers
Philip Coolidge ...
Sam Henderson
Hal K. Dawson ...
Graham (as Hal Dawson)
Ned Wever ...
Mason Curry ...
Desk Clerk
Mickey Kuhn ...
Bellhop (as Mike Kuhn)


Joe Rogers takes his wife to a small town called Oxport. They are there on business, though not the business they're pretending to be on. Rogers is an insurance investigator, and he wants to check up on one Mrs. Gillespie. She has had two husbands so far, and each died on the wedding trip. And each was insured with Rogers's company for $50,000. Written by J. Spurlin

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24 February 1957 (USA)  »

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(RCA Sound Recording)

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1.33 : 1
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The title refers to Indian summer, the informal expression given to a period of sunny, warm weather in late October or early November, after the leaves have turned following an onset of frost but before the first snowfall. See more »


[first lines]
Henderson: [on the phone] All right, all right. You don't have to shout. There's nothing wrong with my ears. Anyone can make a mistake. No, I am not gonna fire him. Not yet.
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The Computer Would Have Caught It!
14 June 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Very ordinary episode. The insurance company has paid out two claims to a widow whose husbands have died shortly after the honeymoon. Foul play is suspected but cremation has done its job and now she is about to be married again. I don't know what the laws were, but an insurance company wouldn't have to issue a third life policy if they did not want to. The agent who sold the original policies is sent with his wife to do surveillance on the old gal. She is pretty good at all this, but, of course, there is a likely third victim, a nice old man who meets our agent. What do you do? There is a Hitchcock twist at the end which is fairly satisfying and pretty predictable.

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