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Cliff's driving when a young woman flags him down and asks for a ride. He soon has trouble - both legal and automotive, when they're stopped by the police and she lies, and says he forced ... See full summary »

Director:

John Brahm

Writers:

Robert Bloch (story), Clyde Ware (teleplay)
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Episode cast overview:
Alfred Hitchcock ... Self - Host
Franchot Tone ... Rudolph Bitzner
Sharon Farrell ... Rosie
Roger Perry ... Cliff Allen
Kelly Thordsen ... The Sheriff
William Challee ... Wint Davis
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Cliff's driving when a young woman flags him down and asks for a ride. He soon has trouble - both legal and automotive, when they're stopped by the police and she lies, and says he forced her. What's more, his car won't start, and it's towed to a repair shop. While he waits for the car, Cliff gets a room at the hotel, run by Rudolph Bitzner - a former vaudevillian, with a specialty act with his only employee, Rosie. She pleads with Cliff to help her escape from Rudolph, who plans to marry her as soon as she becomes 18. There's a lot about Rudolph, and the relationship between the two, which Cliff isn't aware of, but he should, because it'll soon be one of their last performances. Written by Seriously edited by Rob

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Sharon Farrell and Roger Perry had one other collaboration 12 months earlier in the 'Onward and Upward' episode of the 'Arrest and Trial' TV series. See more »

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it doesn't get any better
13 January 2007 | by kdancatSee all my reviews

This is a phenomenal piece of work by all concerned. Everyone delivered in every department, from the writing, acting, directing, to the sets, music etc. There's a kind of Andy Griffith/Mayberry meets "Psycho" vibe to the piece that is deliciously unsettling. I don't think it would be a stretch to say that genius director, David Lynch, in all possibility, could have seen this episode and been inspired by it. In fact, I'm jealous that I didn't write it and direct it. Director, John Brahm deftly directs, convincing veteran actor Franchot Tone and the excellent Sharon Farrell, Roger Perry, and Kelly Thodsen who all do a superb job with the great script by Clyde Ware and Lee Kalcheim based on a wonderfully twisted story by Robert Bloch. A young, screenwriter's road trip back to Hollywood is inadvertently cut short, causing him to become involved in the lives of a washed up vaudevillian, (who runs a ramshackle motel/coffee shop somewhere in the sticks), and the old man's teen age fiancé. The tension builds beautifully throughout this tale of desperation. A true gem, with a great ending. -Dan Kessel-


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USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 January 1965 (USA) See more »

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