Alfred Hitchcock Presents: Season 4, Episode 28

The Impossible Dream (19 Apr. 1959)

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Oliver Mathews was once a major movie star, but is now an over-the-hill has-been with only limited movie roles and with few fans. He's also being blackmailed by Grace Dolan whose daughter ... See full summary »

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Oliver Mathews
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Oliver Mathews was once a major movie star, but is now an over-the-hill has-been with only limited movie roles and with few fans. He's also being blackmailed by Grace Dolan whose daughter once had an affair with Mathews. He's now broke and decides to get rid of Dolan but finds that his personal assistant Miss Hall, who is infatuated with him, saw him commit the deed. Her price for not going to the police is to make her one dream come true. Written by garykmcd

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Solid Hitchcock
23 September 2011 | by (Claremont,USA) – See all my reviews

Solid Hitchcock. Oliver (Tone) is a fading matinée idol who's trying to face up to the changes in his life. He's adored by aging assistant Miss Hall (Mathews), but also, blackmailed by gimpy old virago Grace Dolan (Astor). Not much left for him except more of the downhill slide, so he contemplates suicide. But will he.

At first, I thought the first half interlude with the adoring Miss Hall was just filler. But it's not. In fact, there's considerable suspense in wondering where the story's going. Excellent performances from 3 old pro's. Tone certainly looks the part, while Astor is a long way from her glamorous turn in The Maltese Falcon (1941). Note too how the brief boat scene is more explicit than usual. Then there's the good look at behind- the-scenes filming along with the busy studio lot. All in all, it's a solid entry, worthy of the Hitchcock stamp.


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