Alfred Hitchcock Presents: Season 3, Episode 17

The Motive (26 Jan. 1958)

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Tommy Greer is a crime buff who decides to commit a motiveless murder in order to confuse the police. He selects his victim from a phone book at random. He tracks him down and kills him but... See full summary »



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Episode complete credited cast:
Himself - Host
Skip Homeier ...
Tommy Greer
William Redfield ...
Jerome Stanton
Kay Stewart ...
Plain Clothes Policeman
Tharon Crigler ...
Woman Near Phone Books
Jim Johnson ...
Uniformed Police Officer
Gary Clarke ...


Tommy Greer is a crime buff who decides to commit a motiveless murder in order to confuse the police. He selects his victim from a phone book at random. He tracks him down and kills him but his "perfect crime" is unraveled by modern crime-fighting techniques. Written by Anonymous

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Just a Couple of Good Buddies
5 May 2010 | by (Claremont,USA) – See all my reviews

Superior Hitchcock, featuring two of the quirkiest actors on TV—Redfield and Homeier. That opening scene of the two of them sloshing around while the girl is draped suggestively across the chair is pushing the envelope for 50's TV-- so is the premise, for that matter.

Homeier's "motiveless murder" is rather painstakingly set up in victim Betz's home, even though Homeier's cover story (a pollster) seems implausibly complicated. Nonetheless, the half-hour is smoothly directed with some nice touches, such as the amusing elevator scene.

Good, twist ending that I didn't see coming. I suspect that having justice served on screen instead of during Hitch's epilogue was to satisfy nervous censors. However, if you think about it, I don't think the scales of justice are quite balanced by that ending. See if you agree. Anyway, it's an intriguing and well-directed showcase for a couple of fine actors, one that also helped build the series reputation.

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