Alfred Hitchcock Presents: Season 3, Episode 36

The Safe Place (8 Jun. 1958)

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George Piper is a bank teller and gambler. One day, a gambler named Victor arrives at the bank and makes a large withdrawal. Later, George visits Victor and kills him. He takes Victor's ... See full summary »

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George Piper is a bank teller and gambler. One day, a gambler named Victor arrives at the bank and makes a large withdrawal. Later, George visits Victor and kills him. He takes Victor's money and hides it in a secret place in his teller's cash drawer at the bank. The police question George, but clear him of any wrongdoing. George's boss, however, fires him. He demands the key to the crash drawer where George hid the money in order to give it to George's replacement. Written by Anonymous

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He's Not an ATM
19 August 2010 | by (Claremont,USA) – See all my reviews

No one would mistake short, stout, bald Robert H. Harris for a ladies man. But here his bank teller George Piper manages the ladies as well as he does counting out the cash. The question is just what else is behind that mild looking exterior, especially when his brother Fred (Paris) arrives with a shady proposition. Will Piper now be taking out an, uh, unauthorized loan.

Harris again shows why he was a series favorite, specializing in the sly and unexpected. But I especially like the sort-of-pretty Joanne Linville. Her Miss Manners (perfect name) is vulnerable in a subtly poignant way. Then there's the overbearing bank manager Farnsworth (Holmes), the type of boss you might like to take a poke at. But who cast the tall, handsome Jerry Paris as Harris's brother—that's a real stretch.

The 30 minutes is more a character study than suspenseful or chilling in typical Hitchcock style. Nonetheless, there's enough interest to keep you guessing how it will end, though I'm not sure I buy the triggering action from Farnsworth. Seems like the writer could have come up with something less problematic. All in all, average fare from the best anthology series of the 50's.


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