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Dear Uncle George 

A neighbor's letter about an unfaithful wife disturbs an advice columnist.

Director:

Joseph M. Newman (as Joseph Newman)

Writers:

James Bridges (teleplay), Richard Levinson (story and teleplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Episode cast overview:
Alfred Hitchcock ... Himself - Host
Gene Barry ... John Chambers / Uncle George
John Larkin John Larkin ... Simon Aldritch
Patricia Donahue ... Louise Chambers
Dabney Coleman ... Tom Esterow
Robert Sampson ... Sgt. Duncan
Brendan Dillon ... Sam (as Brendan Thomas Dillon)
Charity Grace Charity Grace ... Mrs. Weatherby
Jimmy Joyce Jimmy Joyce ... Fingerprint Man
Joseph Trapaso Joseph Trapaso ... Policeman
Alicia Li Alicia Li ... Bea
Lou Jacobi ... Lt. Wolfson
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A neighbor's letter about an unfaithful wife disturbs an advice columnist.

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TV-PG
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Language:

English

Release Date:

10 May 1963 (USA) See more »

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Production Co:

Shamley Productions See more »
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Mono

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1.33 : 1
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The character of Lt. Wolfson as played by Lou Jacobi was an early representation of the Lt. Columbo character which was later created by the writers Link and Levinson. See more »

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Dear "Uncle George", the killer columnist
7 September 2015 | by melvelvit-1See all my reviews

NYC newspaperman John Chambers (Gene Barry), giving advice to the lovelorn as "Uncle George", receives a letter from an old biddy who witnessed a housewife's adulterous affair and wonders what to do about it. Once "Uncle George" realizes the housewife is his, the cuckolded columnist tells the snoop to mind her own business and takes matters into his own hands by bashing his wife's head in with a statue of Cupid. Chambers begins to frame a one-time co-worker in the art department (Dabney Coleman) for the crime but quickly changes his plans after learning his publisher was the man carrying on with his wife...

The "Dear Uncle George" episode is a highly entertaining entry in Hitch's suspense series and comes complete with his trademark twist ending. The character of the distracted, seemingly bumbling Lt. Wolfson (Lou Jacobi) would later be expanded by the show's writers, Richard Levinson and William Link, into Peter Falk's COLUMBO.

To paraphrase some wag or other, I'd wring elf-eared Gene Barry's neck if he had one. He's the unlikeliest leading man I've ever seen and the comedy is often unintentional. Apparently that hunchback was big in Broadway musicals before Hollywood beckoned in a fit of dementia. Geez, Louise.


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