A wife awaiting the arrival of her lover is visited by a bizarre meter reader who jams on the gas in her basement, then cons her into letting him shower by faking a malaria attack. What's ... See full summary »

Director:

Joseph M. Newman (as Joseph Newman)

Writer:

Lewis Davidson
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Cast

Episode complete credited cast:
Alfred Hitchcock ... Himself - Host
Barry Nelson ... Colin
Lola Albright ... Eva Martin
George Kennedy ... George Martin
Michael Bregan Michael Bregan ... The Boyfriend
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A wife awaiting the arrival of her lover is visited by a bizarre meter reader who jams on the gas in her basement, then cons her into letting him shower by faking a malaria attack. What's behind his strange behavior: blackmail, insanity, romantic obsession or something else? Written by David Stevens

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Language:

English

Release Date:

7 December 1964 (USA) See more »

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Shamley Productions See more »
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Mono

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1.33 : 1
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Barry Nelson and George Kennedy would go on to meet again in movie Airport (1970). See more »

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Himself - Host: Colin was apprehended. I think it is worth mentioning that he was tried in a state that dispenses poetic justice. He went to the gas chamber.
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Everything is so wrong and silly it becomes interesting
13 August 2017 | by darrenpearce111See all my reviews

In Hitchcock TV a housewife is often very vulnerable. Even answering the door to a gas man in this case is perilous as men are so often wolves in sheep's clothing.

Where to begin? It becomes apparent this is a very odd story when the housewife (played by Lola Albright) lets the intrusive man light her cigarette and lays on the bed with her legs akimbo listening to his plans. The pervading unreality about this is clear from the start as the husband (played by George Kennedy) is just too goofy.

Hitchcock's epilogue had already been prefigured by a line spoken by one of the characters.


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