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A tale of two brothers

Author: gordonl56 from Canada
2 November 2006

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"A Killer in the House" is a 1961 episode from the "Dick Powell Show." Edmond O'Brien headlines as a brutal thug on the run. He has killed a prison guard during a breakout and needs somewhere to lay low. He hitch hikes across the country in order to get to his younger brother's place. His brother, Earl Holliman, is a one time crook who has turned over a new leaf. He has went straight, gotten married, has a child with another on the way. He wants no trouble. Holliman knows O'Brien is bad news and tells him he can only stay the one day. Of course we know nothing good is going to come from O'Brien's visit. Wallace Ford, who plays Holliman's parole officer, stops by on his monthly visit. He soon discovers that Holliman is reluctantly hiding escapee O'Brien. Ford heads to town to grab the cops while at the same time a car with several of O'Briens old gang arrive. They plan to hold up the place where Holliman works and take the payroll safe. Holliman tells his brother to get stuffed. O'Brien simply nods at Holliman's wife and child and smiles. Holliman gets the implication, he helps his brother or else. Needless to say everything heads down hill rapidly and violence erupts. Several baddies go for the deep six before all is settled. O'Brien is great as the murdering low-life swine. Holliman is also good as the brother who just wanted a new life and family. This is one tense hour long thrill ride!!!! The episode was directed by vet television helmsman David Friedkin. What gives the episode a nice dark look is that the d of p is George Diskant. His noir include, Desperate, Riffraff, They Live By Night, Port of New York, The Racket, Narrow Margin and On Dangerous Ground. This is the second time i caught this little gem. Loved it!

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