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Rusty Connors is a prison cellmate with Mike Krause, who tells Rusty all about his girlfriend Helen. Mike becomes ill with pneumonia, and reveals to Rusty on his deathbed that a stash of ... See full summary »

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Bernard Girard

Writers:

Robert Bloch (short story), Alfred Hayes (teleplay)
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Episode cast overview:
Alfred Hitchcock ... Himself - Host
Ann Sothern ... Helen Cox
John Cassavetes ... Rusty Connors
Rayford Barnes Rayford Barnes ... Mike Krause
David Fresco ... Newsstand Dealer
James Brown ... Prison Guard (as J.B. Brown)
Jimmy Joyce Jimmy Joyce ... Prison Orderly
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Rusty Connors is a prison cellmate with Mike Krause, who tells Rusty all about his girlfriend Helen. Mike becomes ill with pneumonia, and reveals to Rusty on his deathbed that a stash of $56,000 is with his dead accomplice, Pete Taylor. When he is released, Rusty goes to Hanesville and courts Helen, while attempting with her help to find the loot. They finally go to a boat house on a lake, populated by rats. Rusty finds Pete's skeleton, and the money, in a crawl space above the ceiling. Rusty tries to grab a rock to do Helen in, but Helen beats him to the punch, knocking him out with a prying iron and tying him up. Before Helen leaves, Rusty manages to kick her, and she falls, impaled fatally on a pole. Rusty futilely tries to untie his restraints as the rats pile on his body. Written by Lewis Amack

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English

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19 October 1964 (USA) See more »

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Mono

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1.33 : 1
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The spot in the square where the bus arrives in town is 180 degrees in front of the courthouse with the clock tower used in the 'Back to the Future' series (in 1955, 1985, 1985A [altered], and finally in 2015) and was also featured in 'the Ghost and Mr. Chicken' and also in 'To Kill a Mockingbird'. See more »

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One of the most chilling hours of television ever
25 August 2006 | by d7eb2000See all my reviews

I remember watching this vividly. It is one of the most terrifying pieces of TV up to then, 1964, and it probably continues to be true.

Who seduces whom and who abandons and betrays whom. Ann Sothern is the alluring moll...she used to do them dumb and sweet like Bother Orchid, but here she's something else. John Cassavetes plays the man who woos her to find the treasure and she is "wooed" to find the money. Cassaveetes is both intense, sexy and sly.

It is the story of what happens to two truly evil people who are both undone by their own vicious natures. There are no good guys or gals to be found anywhere on the screen watching this mesmerizing hour.

Ann Sothern is just amazingly crass, vicious and venal. Not at all like her Susie's or Maisie's that made her famous.


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