Alfred Hitchcock Presents: Season 1, Episode 35

The Legacy (27 May 1956)

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When a prince who is well known as a playboy takes a sudden romantic interest in a shy, plain housewife, everyone is baffled and fascinated.

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Leora Dana ...
Irene Cole
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Prince Burhan
Enid Markey ...
Cecelia
Alan Hewitt ...
Howard Cole
Walter Kingsford ...
Col. Blair
Ralph Clanton ...
Randall Burnside
Roxanne Arlen ...
Donna Dew
Rudolph Anders ...
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A well-known author is visiting Palm Beach, and he meets some old friends. He tells them that he will be writing his next book about Prince Burhan, a noted playboy from India, who will be arriving that evening. Also staying at the resort are Howard and Irene Cole. Howard spends most of his time with a young actress, and the others are baffled by Irene's tolerance. When the prince arrives, he surprises everyone by spending all of his time with the plain-looking Irene, and by insisting that he is in love with her. Before long, Prince Burhan tells Irene that if she does not divorce Howard in order to marry him, he will kill himself. Written by Snow Leopard

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An Interesting Story of Psychology & Relationships
20 March 2006 | by (Ohio) – See all my reviews

Something of a change-of-pace for the series, this episode of "Alfred Hitchcock Presents" primarily concentrates on psychology and relationships instead of suspense and fear. Gina Kaus's story takes several unexpected turns, as did so many episodes in the series, but this time with a rather different style. It has some of the show's familiar elements, plus an interesting psychological angle (in his closing remarks, Hitchcock adds some amusing satirical remarks to keep you from taking the psychology too seriously).

Set in a high-class Palm Beach resort, the story has Jacques Bergerac as a renowned playboy who takes a romantic interest in a seemingly plain, shy married woman whose husband is neglecting her. The script effectively blends in the story developments with sequences of the other characters marveling over this odd development. It creates a believable atmosphere of life among the 'idle rich' while also arousing the viewer's own curiosity about what is going on. The story is narrated by one of the characters who is writing a book about the playboy, and this device works well.

Bergerac is well-suited to his role, and Leora Dana gives quite a good performance in an unusual kind of leading role, as the plain-Jane housewife. Her make-up artist(s) also deserves praise for the effective change in her appearance between the beginning and the end, which also helps to make the story believable.

One of the things that made the series so interesting was that you were never quite sure what tone an episode would take. This one holds onto the strengths of the show, and makes things interesting by adding a slightly new mood of its own.


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