The Barbara Stanwyck Show: Season 1, Episode 29

Frightened Doll (24 Apr. 1961)

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Herself - Hostess / Hazel Wexley
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Wallace Ford ...
Harry the Bartender
Lee Frederick ...
Detective Barnes
Eloise Hardt ...
Blonde
Rex Holman ...
Cutty
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Mangione
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Capt. Foyle
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Great Noir TV
25 May 2011 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Stanwyck plays a "working girl" who is getting a little old for the game. She gets dolled up every night and hits the local bar. Wallace Ford, the owner and bartender, is Stanwyck's only friend.

After a few drinks, Stanwyck is approached by patron Harold J. Stone. Would she like to come up to his hotel room for a "chat?" Off they go, but all they do is talk. Stanwyck tells Stone she wishes she could go home and see her family, but she is embarrassed by her threadbare existence. Stone says everyone would like to go home, then drops dead of a heart attack! Stanwyck, smart girl that she is, does a quick look-see of the room and finds a briefcase full of cash. She grabs the case and sneaks out of the flea-trap hotel, unseen.

Or so she thinks. The night clerk caught a quick glimpse as she fled. At her apartment, she decides she now has what she needs to return home in style. She can have fine clothes, furs, a fancy car and gifts for everyone.

When Stone is found, the cops recognize him as a bag-man for a Chicago gambling syndicate. The papers print the info and the mob comes looking for their cash. A couple of hard cases hit the hotel and lean on the night clerk, who quickly coughs up Stanwyck's description. The boys comb the local dives and soon end up at Ford's lounge.

Ford realizes they are after Babs and beats the feet over to her place to warn her. Stanwyck dons a disguise and heads out while Ford sneaks the bag of cash down the back stairs. Stanwyck exits the building as the mobsters enter. She and Ford meet out front and head for the bus depot. The mobsters realize whom they passed and set off in pursuit. As the crooks close in, Ford throws the cash over a convent wall. The gunsels stop to retrieve the cash while Stanwyck and Ford escape. Ford gives her enough cash for the bus and says goodbye. Stanwyck can go home, but only as she is.

The director of this sharply done episode was Jacques Tourneur. His work includes, CAT PEOPLE, I WALKED WITH A ZOMBIE, THE LEOPARD MEN, BERLIN EXPRESS, NIGHTFALL and OUT OF THE PAST.

The D of P was Hal Mohr. His work included, WOMAN ON THE RUN, THE WILD ONE. THE BOSS, BABY FACE NELSON, UNDERWORLD USA and THE LINE UP.

A.I. Bezzerides wrote the story for this episode. His noir include, THEY LIVE BY NIGHT, DESERT FURY, THIEVES' HIGHWAY, A BULLET FOR JOEY, ON DANGEROUS GROUND and KISS ME DEADLY.


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