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 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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She Got Her Man!
20 March 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Franchot Tone does a nice job as a has-been actor, obsessively adored by his long-time assistant. She is suffocating in her adulation, practically wiping his nose when he sneezes. He has a skeleton in his closet, a woman who previously threw herself at him and then died. Mom is blackmailing him. He is at the end of his rope. We know all the pieces, but some nice pacing and some unanswered questions move the plot forward nicely. We really pull for him. He has become sad and pathetic and may even be thinking about ending it all. Tone is quite believable as the suffering actor who has been delegated to silly parts in awful movies. He dominates the screen. One of the better efforts of this series.


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