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Power of Attorney 

A clever con man makes living preying on women by having them invest their life savings into non existent stocks.


Harvey Hart


James Bridges (teleplay), Selwyn Jepson (story)


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Episode cast overview:
Alfred Hitchcock ... Himself - Host
Richard Johnson ... Jarvis Smith
Geraldine Fitzgerald ... Agatha Tomlin
Fay Bainter ... Mary Caulfield
Josie Lloyd Josie Lloyd ... Eileen Caroll
Mary Scott ... Sarah Norton (as Mary Scott Hardwicke)
Jonathan Hole ... The Hotel Clerk
Solomon Sturges ... Roger Reeves (as Mark Sturges)
George Sims George Sims ... The Policeman
Al Ruban Al Ruban ... The Clerk
Anthony Jochim Anthony Jochim ... Thomas Barton


Wilford James, who met Sarah Norton on a plane from Jamaica, promises to love and marry her, connives her into investing $10,000, says that it was a total loss, and disappears. Next, calling himself James Jarvis in the first class compartment of another plane, where he meets elderly Mary Caulfield and her spinster companion, Agatha, on their way home from Salzburg. At the airport terminal, Mary tells him that they live at the Golden Angel Hotel, and he claims coincidentally that he will be staying there. He sends a dozen roses to Mary and Agatha each. He charms Mary while tepidly romancing the initially distrustful and reluctant Agatha, and tells them that he has "the deal of five lifetimes", an opportunity to buy stock at $30 and sell it for $50. Before investing, at Agatha's suggestion, Mary sets up a lunch appointment for the following day so that Jarvis can meet her learned attorney, Barton. That night, Jarvis is seen sneaking into the aged Barton's home wearing black leather ... Written by Lewis Amack (updated by Rms125a@hotmail.com)

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5 April 1965 (USA) See more »

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Familiar Material Well Done
8 March 2016 | by dougdoepkeSee all my reviews

Add up a handsome slickster with money-hungry eyes, a severely repressed spinster with no prospects, plus her wealthy aging mother with a dislike for business—and we've got prime grist for Hitch's TV mill. Sure, the concept is a familiar one, but it's always fun to see how things will eventually work into proper alignment.

Johnson's good as the con-man, just oily enough. Still, his ending most every line with a sly "heh, heh, heh" had me expecting Wiley Coyote to pop up. But it's really Fitzgerald's entry. Starting out as a grim middle-age wallflower, she's almost scary in her severity. Wisely, the screenplay has Johnson slowly insinuating upon her since her suspicions are naturally up when a man pays her attention. Instead Johnson aims his charm on dowager Bainter who suspects nothing. Turns out that the old lady really hates business matters, so when her attorney turns up conveniently dead, guess who she turns to. So what could go wrong for our clever fortune hunter, especially now that the spinster has let her hair down and is responding romantically. Tune in to find out how Hitch manages to balance the scales, even when the law doesn't.

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