Alfred Hitchcock Presents: Season 4, Episode 18

The Last Dark Step (8 Feb. 1959)

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Brad Taylor is a real-estate entrepreneur who is engaged to Janice Wright. Unbeknownst to her, Brad is still seeing an old flame, Leslie Lenox, a writer. Leslie doesn't take Brad decision ... See full summary »

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Brad Taylor is a real-estate entrepreneur who is engaged to Janice Wright. Unbeknownst to her, Brad is still seeing an old flame, Leslie Lenox, a writer. Leslie doesn't take Brad decision to stop seeing her very well, particularly as she has been paying all of his bills for quite a long time. Leslie makes it very clear that should Brad not drop Janice, she will do everything in her power to ensure he never marries her. Seeing no other way out, Brad decides get rid of Leslie permanently, but is in for a surprise when he gets home to find two detectives waiting for him. Written by garykmcd

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A Triangle that Bites
2 January 2011 | by (Claremont,USA) – See all my reviews

Vintage Hitchcock. Handsome Brad (Horton) proposes marriage to sloe-eyed Janice (Meadows), except he's already the kept-man of the fierce Leslie (Spain) who's not going to let him go. Brad's got himself in a bind since neither woman is anyone to mess with. So what's he going to do now.

Small cast gets the most out of the material. Spain is almost scary as the fiercely possessive screenwriter. Her scene with the straying Brad amounts to a rare portrait of a small woman's assertive dominance over a macho man. The question is whether Brad will accept this humiliation in return for a lavish lifestyle.

Beefcake star Horton gets to bare his manly chest in the type role that made hearts throb on TV's mega-hit Wagon Train. At the same time, it's too bad the fine actress Spain died young. Together, their scenes are exceptionally convincing. Anyway, the upshot is appropriately ironical, just the sort that has kept the series in perpetual re-runs.


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