Four Star Playhouse: Season 4, Episode 12

Dark Meeting (5 Jan. 1956)

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Billie hires an odd man as the new pin boy at her bowling alley, but quickly fire him because of his violent outbursts. Only then does she learn he's a murderous psycho who escaped from ... See full summary »

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Billie hires an odd man as the new pin boy at her bowling alley, but quickly fire him because of his violent outbursts. Only then does she learn he's a murderous psycho who escaped from prison. That's why she's so terrified when he shows up at the alley one night when she's all alone. Written by Jay Phelps <jaynashvil@aol.com>

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A bit too familiar
6 March 2014 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

Ida Lupino plays a lady who owns a bowling alley. She's single and a bit lonely. One day one of her employees leaves and she needs to replace him. An earnest but rather creepy guy (Warren Stevens) shows up to take the job and soon seems very attracted to her. Additionally, he begins acting a bit creepy, so she has to fire him.

Miss Lupino was a very good actress and a darned good director. So, I am surprised that she was willing to make an episode like "Dark Meeting". After all, it's the same sort of role she played in film before—only this time the maniac attracted to her is Warren Stevens and not Robert Ryan. And you'd think she'd have been tired of playing such victims and the audience would have said 'hey…I saw this before!' as they watched the show. To make it worse, in another installment of "Four Star Theater", she was menaced by a killer ("Eddie's Place"). Because of this, although it's well made, I'm deducting a point for a lack of originality.


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