Thriller: Season 1, Episode 27

Late Date (4 Apr. 1961)

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A brother helps his brother cover up the murder of his philandering wife by framing her lover.



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Episode cast overview:
Larry Weeks
James Weeks
Jody Fair ...
Helen Weeks
Chris Seitz ...
Richard Reeves ...
Truck Driver
Stuart Randall ...
Sgt. Crowell
Steve Mitchell ...
Stuffy Singer ...
Art Brinkerhoff
Judy Crowder ...
Judy Singer
Ruth Warren ...
Mrs. Rooney


A brother helps his brother cover up the murder of his philandering wife by framing her lover.

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Suspenseful entry let down by a disappointing conclusion
11 May 2009 | by (Youngstown,Ohio) – See all my reviews

"Late Date" is an absorbing Cornell Woolrich crime story featuring Larry Pennell as a carefree beach boy who arrives home one afternoon to find his beloved brother (Edward C. Platt from GET SMART) paying an unexpected visit, and the strangled corpse of his unfaithful sister-in-law lying on her bedroom floor. He refuses to allow his brother to confess to the police as he'd always known about her infidelity and offers to dispose of the body while Platt establishes an alibi back in the city. A phone call from the dead woman's lover gives him the opportunity to provide a frame-up, but first he has to contend with his brother's unsuspecting step-daughter (Jody Fair), her hep cat boyfriend (Steve Mitchell), a nosy neighbor (Ruth Warren), and a suspicious truck driver( Richard Reeves). The unexpected conclusion was undoubtedly imposed by network censors though I presume Alfred Hitchcock's show didn't have to worry about things like this. Platt was always a reliable performer, as was Reeves, making his third and final appearance on THRILLER, and the second playing a truck driver ("Rose's Last Summer," a policeman in "The Merriweather File"). Actress Ruth Warren first worked with Boris Karloff way back in 1931, in the gangster saga "The Guilty Generation," but it's doubtful they actually met since she worked as the publicist for top-billed Leo Carrillo's rival hoodlum (she earlier appeared with Bela Lugosi that same year, in "Women of All Nations"). After 123 feature films and only 10 TV appearances, this THRILLER was the final credit in Ruth's career; no other information available as to when she died.

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