Golden Age TV Anthology Episode Pops up on the Anniversary of its Original 1958 Telecast
Gig Young oozes charm as the slimy kept husband of a doting rich woman, whom he married because her medical diagnosis called for her imminent demise. When she lives on for years, smothering him with nagging affection, he despairs. Then at the NY airport, he runs into his lookalike; the man tells him his name, and later Young hits on the idea of bribing this duplicate to stand outside a NY TV station during the morning weather report, which his wife watches religiously, thereby giving him an alibi at the time of her death.
Young strangles his wife and gets away with no suspicion, but later makes the mistake of marrying her sister (Montgomery), who is younger and more attractive, but as soon as the honeymoon is over, she turns into the smothering nag his wife was.
Young then decides to use his duplicate again, but makes a further mistake of phoning him from his home, so that the NY man knows Young lives in Sacramento. The New Yorker travels there and goes through old newspapers to discover the never solved murder of Young's wife.
STUDIO ONE started life as a live 90-minute TV series, but by the time of this 1958 episode, at least some of it was on film, allowing Young to play both roles, although without the technical split/screen method available in films, so that he never appeared simultaneously as both characters.
Young was married at the time to Montgomery and they played well together.
Ken Mayer, known to SPACE PATROL nerds like me as Major Robertson, had a small role at the end as a NYC cop; and Anthony Eisley a fair size part as Montgomery's jilted boyfriend.
When this appeared in 2016 on the Decades Channel, which broadcasts old TV series, even the Westinghouse TV commercials with Betty Furness were included. According to an on-screen credit, this was actually aired on the anniversary of its original 1958 debut.
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