The Barbara Stanwyck Show: Season 1, Episode 32

The Assassin (15 May 1961)

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Change of pace for the series
15 May 2013 | by See all my reviews

Barbara Stanwyck plays an efficient secretary working for a small investment company. When one of her bosses dies, the other one goes through the books and discovers that she has been embezzling money from the business for years and years. He promises not to turn her over to the police if she can pay back the money she stole. Barbara gets desperate and is thinking of suicide, when she is interrupted - by a professional assassin who has been "engaged" to kill her. The title and the story of this episode may sound sinister, but the music score quickly tells you that its intentions are different: this is the first purely comedic episode of "The Barbara Stanwyck" show that I've seen so far (keep in mind that I've been watching the second, not the first, DVD set, though). It's more amusing and offbeat than laugh-out-loud funny, but Stanwyck shows that she can handle the comedy, and Peter Falk fans will not want to miss his early performance here as the rather inept killer. The scene where she, alone, disarms him and then knocks him out cold is a pleasant shock - remember, this was made in 1961! **1/2 out of 4.


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