A young man returns to Santa Marta, California after seven years,having been paroled on a ten year term for raping a local girl.He finds resentment from his father and the townsfolk.What no... See full summary »

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Johnny Baroja
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Mary Jorgenson
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Edward Martin
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Ann Hilts
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Sheriff Harder
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Ben Jorgenson
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Arturo Baroja
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Ted Bausfield (as George Neise)
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Edna Jeffries
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Charles Raven
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A young man returns to Santa Marta, California after seven years,having been paroled on a ten year term for raping a local girl.He finds resentment from his father and the townsfolk.What no one will believe is that he is innocent.His "plan" to clear himself runs into a problem-he is set up to take a fall again. Written by dubchi

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6 February 1964 (USA)  »

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Very good up until the ending...which made little sense.
6 October 2015 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

It's a real shame that this episode of "Kraft Suspense Theatre" ended so unconvincingly--up until then, it had been excellent. When the story begins, Johnny (Scott Marlowe) has just been paroled from prison. It seems he spent seven years of his life there as a result of a rape conviction* and, oddly, he's chosen to return to his home town--the same town where he lived when he was convicted. Throughout his time at home, he keeps reiterating that he was innocent--and several townspeople (including the Deputy) are harassing him. Later, when he meets his alleged victim, you learn that it's true--he really did not assault her and she's been too much of a coward to tell the truth. Soon after, some of the folks want to guarantee that he'll never return, as they set up a phony sexual assault--and the cops soon arrest him and charge him with this.

The show did a great job of getting you to feel badly for Johnny-- and I appreciate that very much. Unfortunately, the ending was interesting to watch but made no sense whatsoever. After all, if Johnny sat in prison seven years and the woman never recanted, why would she suddenly do so when he's again facing a rape charge?!

*The word rape isn't used, but it's clear he was convicted of sexual assault. That was VERY surprising to be the plot of a TV show at the time--a time when folks just never talked about rape. Very bold, that's for sure.


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