A man challenges a bigger guy to a duel with weapons, after his lustful actions caused his wife to leave him.


James Neilson


Robert C. Dennis (teleplay), C.B. Gilford (story)

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Episode complete credited cast:
Alfred Hitchcock ... Himself - Host
Leif Erickson ... Wayne Phillips
Martin Balsam ... Eldon Marsh
Norma Crane ... Louise Marsh
Dudley Manlove Dudley Manlove ... Harris
Robert Riordan Robert Riordan ... Mr. Sloan
Lynn Cartwright ... Jean Sobel
Robert Gibbons Robert Gibbons ... Undetermined Role
Tipp McClure Tipp McClure ... Police Officer (as Jack McClure)
Frank Watkins Frank Watkins ... Police Officer
Paul Maxwell ... Ed Sobel


Eldon Marsh is a physically weak man whose wife is stolen by a much larger man, named Wayne Phillips. He sets about a revenge that results in a rooftop confrontation with Wayne. The match seems uneven, but Eldon has an equalizer: a gun. Written by Anonymous

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Release Date:

9 February 1958 (USA) See more »

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Production Co:

Shamley Productions See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Well Done Up to the End
8 October 2010 | by dougdoepkeSee all my reviews

That opening scene is a little gem of economy in setting up the story conflict. Note how expertly the script, acting, and direction set up the threat big, handsome Wayne (Erickson) poses to the average looking Eldon's (Balsam) ego and to his wife's (Crane) loyalties. Now Eldon has to prove himself against the bigger man; at the same time, he throws caution and everything else to the wind.

It's a straight drama. There's no horror or mystery, but the premise is compelling as we wonder how the conflict will turn out. The screenplay includes a couple of subtle ironies. However, I'm particularly impressed with Erickson's nicely nuanced egotist— my sympathies began to waver as a result. My only reservation is with an ending that appears to raise more questions than it answers. As a result, it didn't work very well for me. Nonetheless, there's enough trademark suspense to keep you glued.

In passing-- According to IMDb, Balsam's appearance here was the basis for Hitchcock's casting him as the ill-fated detective Arbogast in the classic Psycho (1960).

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