Tales of the Unexpected: Season 4, Episode 6

Shatterproof (10 May 1981)

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Gerry Williams returns to his New York apartment to discover that an assassin called Smith has been sent by his young and faithless wife Ellen to kill him. Staring down the barrel of a gun ... See full summary »



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Episode complete credited cast:
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Godfrey Talbot ...
Bridget McConnell ...
Mrs. Emerson (as Bridget McConnel)


Gerry Williams returns to his New York apartment to discover that an assassin called Smith has been sent by his young and faithless wife Ellen to kill him. Staring down the barrel of a gun allows Gerry to think fast, very fast, and he tells the young killer that he has a fortune stashed away in the safe hidden behind a picture on the wall. Can he divert the gun-man's attention for long enough to gain the upper hand? Written by don @ minifie-1

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OK Tales of the Unexpected episode.

Tales of the Unexpected: Shatterproof is set during the early 50's in Manhattan where rich but ruthless real estate businessman Gerry Williams (Eli Wallach) arrives home to his high rise apartment where he is greeted by a man (Anthony Shaw) sent by his young wife to kill him. As Williams stares down the barrel of his would-be assassin's gun he uses all of his ruthless cunning to turn the situation around & even make it work for himself in an unexpectedly satisfying way...

This Tales of the Unexpected story was episode 6 from season 4 that aired here in the UK originally during May 1981, the first of six Tales of the Unexpected episodes to be directed by John Jacobs I quite liked this but at the same time thought it was nothing overly special. The story by Jack Ritchie was dramatised by Pat Hoddinott & is your basic crime drama thriller orientated Tales of the Unexpected story as opposed to a supernatural horror themed one, I would say this is a fair way to pass 30 odd minutes but it never stood out as being brilliant or maybe quite as good as it should have been. The story which revolves the potential victim of an assassin gaining the upper hand through intelligence & even managing to turn the situation to his advantage has a neat idea behind it & is watchable if nothing else but it comes across as a bit pedestrian without much of an edge, it's all a bit static really.

This is reasonably well made & hasn't dated as badly as some Tales of the Unexpected episodes as it's meant to be set in the 1950's although there is no real reason why. The tension between the assassin & his victim could have been cranked up a bit more although the 30 minute time limit means it never really gets a chance to build any sustained atmosphere or tension. This one doesn't have a filmed introduction by Roald Dahl just a quick & some would say pointless voice over intro at the start which states where & when the story is set but nothing else.

Shatterproof is a decent enough way to pass half an hour but don't expect too much, a nice neat tight little tale that does the job in acceptable if unspectacular fashion.

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