Episode 58: Dead Man’s Holiday

Dead Man's Holiday_lead-in photo (2)_ep58

 

With the death of Bill Malloy now an official fact, on this day in the town of Collinsport measures are being taken to observe his passing. The family-owned business for which Malloy devoted the greater share of his livelihood, first on the fishing boats and then as plant manager, has shuttered its operations for the remainder of the day. It was Roger Collins who made the suggestion to Elizabeth, but of course Roger would do anything to get out of work, if only for an afternoon.

 

It’s a dead man’s holiday, but the day really belongs to the sheriff of Collinsport. Dana Elcar appears on every set in use during today’s episode, and each appearance made by Sheriff Patterson will have a decisive effect on the actions of whomever he interacts with.

 

The opening narration by Victoria Winters tells of how “the long shadows of fear do reach out, touching others, darkening their hearts with growing tension.” Sam Evans for one, and Roger Collins for another, each have reason to be tense and fearful, especially with the sheriff making his rounds with hard questions that demand frank answers.

 

Still, there are others whose hopes and dreams cannot be shattered by the grim fact of Malloy’s demise. Joe Haskell has stopped in at the Blue Whale and is flagged down by Sam who gets Joe to join him at his table for a beer. Then when the sheriff happens in and joins them, he convinces Joe to take advantage of this nice afternoon off and go with Carolyn out for a drive in the country. Joe’s dream is of course to marry Carolyn, and a few hours just getting away from it all might find them talking of plans for the future.

 

Then there’s young David Collins, who in a morbid twist finds renewed hope through Mr. Malloy’s death. With the aid of a book devoted to local tide charts and currents, David will do his best to see if he can determine where exactly Mr. Malloy fell in the water. David believes that Mr. Malloy was murdered by his father, because his crystal ball told him so, and because having his father sent to prison would mean becoming free of the pervasive threat of being sent away himself. As David admits in this episode, he likes it there at Collinwood, with all his ghost friends, one of whom may even be Mr. Malloy.

 

Continue reading “Episode 58: Dead Man’s Holiday”

Episode 53: Our Caretaker’s a Real Gem

Caretaker's a gem GIF_ep53

 

“Oh, good eve – or rather, good afternoon.”

Alfred Hitchcock Presents_Our Cook's a Treasure_S1 E8 (1)_ep53

 

“My sense of time has been somewhat confused of late, what with an apparent influence from my nighttime program having taken hold here in this particular half-hour of daytime television. Naturally I find this little known fact most flattering.”

Alfred Hitchcock Presents_Our Cook's a Treasure_S1 E8 (2)_ep53

 

“I was about to select a wine for today’s story.”

Alfred Hitchcock Presents_Our Cook's a Treasure_S1 E8 (3)_ep53

Alfred Hitchcock Presents_Our Cook's a Treasure_S1 E8 (4)_ep53

Alfred Hitchcock Presents_Our Cook's a Treasure_S1 E8 (7)_ep53

Alfred Hitchcock Presents_Our Cook's a Treasure_S1 E8 (8)_ep53

Alfred Hitchcock Presents_Our Cook's a Treasure_S1 E8 (9)_ep53

Alfred Hitchcock Presents_Our Cook's a Treasure_S1 E8 (10)_ep53

 

“As you can see, I’m selecting from three varieties, as I’m quite unaccustomed to partaking in the late afternoon. After all, my brand of subject matter is so much better suited to the later part of the evening.”

Alfred Hitchcock Presents_Our Cook's a Treasure_S1 E8 (11)_ep53

 

“Today’s teleplay presents a rather compelling story built on the themes of trust and loyalty put to the test in the face of suspicion. The more entertaining scenes are centered around a mischievous young boy, and an even more mischievous grown-up caretaker.”

Alfred Hitchcock Presents_Our Cook's a Treasure_S1 E8 (12)_ep53

 

“To help this fledgling daytime program along in its evolution of adopting the style of story content seen much later on most of those other stations, I’ve even brought along one of my sponsors. After the opening theme, you will as always be subjected to that inevitable minute with the sponsor, but fortunately the one I’ve brought you this afternoon goes considerably well with whatever it is you happen to be drinking. Which reminds me, I have now selected a wine…”

Alfred Hitchcock Presents_Our Cook's a Treasure_S1 E8 (13)_ep53

 

“…and I shall just leave you to your allotted minute with the sponsor, so that you may select whichever type of drink you find is best suited for this next half-hour.”

Alfred Hitchcock Presents_Our Cook's a Treasure_S1 E8 (6)_ep53

 

Continue reading “Episode 53: Our Caretaker’s a Real Gem”