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The End of Indian Summer 

"The End of Indian Summer" is an episode of Alfred Hitchcock Presents starring Alfred Hitchcock, Steve Forrest, and Gladys Cooper. An insurance investigator and his wife look into the case of Mrs. Gillespie, who has been widowed twice -- and has twice enjoyed windfalls from her husbands' life insurance.



(teleplay) (as James Cavanagh), (story) (as Maurice Baudin Jr.)

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Episode complete credited cast:
... Himself - Host
... Joe Rogers
... Marguerite Gillespie
... Howard Fieldstone
... Mrs. Rogers
... Sam Henderson
Hal K. Dawson ... Graham (as Hal Dawson)
Ned Wever ... Saunders
Mason Curry ... Desk Clerk
... Maid
... Bellhop (as Mike Kuhn)


Joe Rogers takes his wife to a small town called Oxport. They are there on business, though not the business they're pretending to be on. Rogers is an insurance investigator, and he wants to check up on one Mrs. Gillespie. She has had two husbands so far, and each died on the wedding trip. And each was insured with Rogers's company for $50,000. Written by J. Spurlin

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Release Date:

24 February 1957 (USA)  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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The title refers to Indian summer, the informal expression given to a period of sunny, warm weather in late October or early November, after the leaves have turned following an onset of frost but before the first snowfall. See more »


[first lines]
Henderson: [on the phone] All right, all right. You don't have to shout. There's nothing wrong with my ears. Anyone can make a mistake. No, I am not gonna fire him. Not yet.
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Looks Like Crime Does Pay
17 November 2016 | by See all my reviews

Engaging Hitchcock half-hour. Insurance investigator Rogers (Forrest) is ordered to follow up on a life insurance beneficiary (Cooper) who's suspiciously collected big money on two dead husbands. So, did Rogers screw up earlier by letting her collect under suspicious circumstances. Worse, she's taken out a new policy on an intended new husband. So Rogers better get to work fast. But who's that stranger who keeps turning up as Rogers investigates. Since it's Hitch, we know things aren't as they seem.

I like that opening exchange between Rogers and his boss (Coolidge). Hostility simmers beneath the well-written needling. And what a sweetie is Rogers' wife Katleen Maguire. I kept worrying for her well-being. Anyway, the upshot's a really ironical one. In my book, it's among Hitch's best, and one I certainly didn't see coming. Note that Hitch's epilog doesn't set things right as it usually does. There's not much action, but overall the episode's engaging and well thought out.

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