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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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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Do Drunk People Really Talk That Way?
26 June 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This episode is certainly fun. I had a hard time getting past the Foster Brooks version of drunkenness at the beginning. I've met many drunks in my life, but this is so laughable. At least they didn't hiccup when they talked. Once past this, it is an entertaining version of Hitchcock's "Rope." One of the men can't ignore the challenge of testing his theories. This leads to his seeking out and killing Donna Reed's husband, played by Carl Betz. He seems like a grand, pleasant fellow. The whole thing revolves around the ability to set the murder up and follow through. The whole business plays out awfully well, considering the guy has to go to Chicago to do his evil deed. There is the usual twist and we are relatively satisfied. The episode involves a couple of very good character actors from the fifties and fits with the codes of the time.


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