Journey to the Unknown: Season 1, Episode 9

The Last Visitor (2 Jan. 1969)

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Barbara King
Kay Walsh ...
Mrs. Joan Walker
Geoffrey Bayldon ...
Mr. Jim Plimmer
Joan Newell ...
Mrs. Plimmer
Blake Butler ...
Mr. Butler
John Bailey ...
Dr. Mitchell
Michael Craze ...
Fred
Sally James ...
Peggy
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Stalked By The Seaside!
7 March 2008 | by (Ambrosia) – See all my reviews

Barbara King, a young American woman, checks in at the Beach Hotel, Hastings. Unfortunately, her hopes for a peaceful holiday ( she is recovering from a breakdown brought on by over-work and a failed romance ) fade almost immediately. As she sleeps, a mysterious figure in hat and glasses enters her room, and approaches the bed.

By the time she has attracted help, the stranger is gone. Suspicion falls on Mr.Plimmer, a middle-aged man staying with his wife. But the Plimmers move out a day later.

Barbara learns that the husband of the hotel's owner, Joan Walker, went insane years ago and had to be put away. Could he be lurking somewhere about the house, possibly hiding in the permanently locked room next to the linen cupboard?

Written by Alfred Shaughnessy, later to write for 'Upstairs, Downstairs', this is a suspenseful episode, benefitting from nice location work and good performances, especially the late Kay Walsh as the alcoholic landlady, and Geoffrey 'Catweazle' Bayldon as creepy 'Mr.Plimmer'. Its never explained though just what Barbara is doing in England in the first place. Patty Duke gives an adequate performance.

Spot The Future Star; 'Peggy' the maid is played by Sally James, she of 'The Almost Legendary Pop Interviews' from the '70's children's show 'Tiswas'. Its tempting to think the Phantom Flan Flinger might be the stalker, but that theory does not hold water ( rather like the buckets Sally and Chris Tarrant used to wield ).

The denouement is not really much of a surprise ( not many suspects on view for a start ), and the final wrap-up scene evokes 'Psycho'.

The title refers to the fact that Barbara is the last visitor of the holiday season.


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