Alfred Hitchcock Presents: Season 3, Episode 19

The Equalizer (9 Feb. 1958)

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A man challenges a bigger guy to a duel with weapons, after his lustful actions caused his wife to leave him.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Himself - Host
Wayne Phillips
Eldon Marsh
Louise Marsh
Dudley Manlove ...
Robert Riordan ...
Mr. Sloan
Lynn Cartwright ...
Jean Sobel
Robert Gibbons ...
Undetermined Role
Jack McClure ...
Frank Watkins ...
Police Officer #1
Paul Maxwell ...
Ed Sobel


Eldon Marsh is a physically weak man whose wife is stolen by a much larger man, named Wayne Phillips. He sets about a revenge that results in a rooftop confrontation with Wayne. The match seems uneven, but Eldon has an equalizer: a gun. Written by Anonymous

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9 February 1958 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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27 June 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I don't know what to make of Martin Balsam's character. He is a jealous, arrogant little man. We see that he attempts to dominate his wife, but she seems to have the last word. Along comes Leif Erickson's blowhard salesman, who begins to take a shine to all the attractive ladies in the office. He is a player and doesn't think there's anything wrong with leaping at a chance for a little hanky panky. At first I thought Balsam's wife was innocent, that the story would be about his insane, unjustified jealousy. As it happens, she does shack up with the big lump and then, when confronted, tells Balsam she is leaving him. Now he needs to incite revenge. Unfortunately, he is so unbelievable and such a pest, we begin to feel sorry for his adversary. He levels the playing field by proposing a duel with guns (the equalizer). The result is utterly unsatisfying.

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