Alfred Hitchcock Presents: Season 3, Episode 23

The Right Kind of House (9 Mar. 1958)

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A revengeful woman puts her house up for 5 times its market value, with a plan to catch the man that murdered her adult son.

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Robert Emhardt ...
Mr. Waterbury
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Mr. Waterbury in interested in buying a high priced house. Sadie Grimes, the house's owner, invites Waterbury in for a drink. She says the price is nonnegotiable. The place has strong sentimental value for Sadie: her son was killed there over a mysterious bag that has since never been found. She believes the bag contained money which is hidden somewhere in the house. Waterbury says he will buy the house despite its inflated price. Sadie accuses him of being her son's murderer. Waterbury confesses that he is the murderer, but he slumps over dead. His drink had been poisoned. Written by Anonymous

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Solid Hitchcock
13 January 2011 | by (Claremont,USA) – See all my reviews

Solid entry, nothing special, but it will keep you guessing. So why does Waterbury (Emhardt) decide to pay 5-times the value of Sadie's (Nolan) old house, and why does she insist on only taking that unreasonable amount. It's both a clever and novel gimmick from series favorite Henry Slesar. The humorous opening in the real estate office amounts to a colorful touch that helps lift the narrative— ditsy secretary Sally really wears out that gum! Then too, Emhardt and Nolan play off one another so well.

Speaking of the two expert leads, AHP distinguished itself from the glamour obsessed 1950's by regularly featuring ordinary looking people like Emhardt and Nolan in lead parts. The crew of regulars during this early period also includes such outstanding performers as the bald Robert H. Harris, the meek John Qualen, the twitchy Phyllis Thaxter, and average-Joe Biff McGuire. It's a tribute to the quality of the stories, I think, that the series appeal did not depend on the physical attractiveness of its leads. With Hitchcock, story was always paramount, as it is here.


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