Dr. Joe Parker and his family are awakened by a gun-wielding criminal demanding treatment for his brother. The man's in serious condition after a bullet pierced his lung. With a pistol ... See full summary »

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Dr. Joe Parker and his family are awakened by a gun-wielding criminal demanding treatment for his brother. The man's in serious condition after a bullet pierced his lung. With a pistol pointing at their daughter, the doctor and his wife are forced to perform surgery despite his protests that the patient requires hospital treatment to survive. Written by Jay Phelps <jaynashvil@aol.com>

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20 June 1950 (USA)  »

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Was remade as "The Dark, Dark Hours" starring Ronald Reagan and James Dean on General Electric Theater. See more »

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When Joe is trying to convince them to take the injured cohort to the hospital, a camera is visible through the open door. The cameraman raises his head above above his equipment, sees he's in the shot, and then moves out of the way. See more »

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A minor but not senseless episode.

It's a sort of DESPERATE HOURS scheme we find here. A physician and his family are taken as hostages by some gangsters, one wounded by fire arms. Hume Cronyn plays here the villain, the character Bogart gave us several years later in William Wyler's film. A real convincing heavy, as strong as the one Cronin had in Jules Dassin's BRUTE FORCE, where he played the sadistic, fierce warden; remember when he tortured prisoners while listening Wagner !!!

Speaking of Cronin, note that he could play bad guys only when he was young. Because when he got older, he would not be able to do it again. He stayed a good actor, but only for other kinds of characters. Mostly with his real life wife, Jessica Tandy. These two often played elder characters in lots of films, and TV mostly...

Back to this episode, it's not the best SUSPENSE episode ever. Nothing to do with ALFRED HITCHCOCK PRESENTS ones, with their very exciting twist endings...


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