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Radio warns of a mental patient escaped from a hospital into a severe New Mexico blizzard. At the rail-stop near the sanitarium, a huge, old cowboy boards the train & calms a rattled family... See full summary »

Director:

Robert Stevens

Writer:

Sidney Carroll (teleplay)
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Cast

Episode cast overview:
Alfred Hitchcock ... Himself - Host
Chill Wills ... Mr. Kilmer
Cloris Leachman ... Mary Templeton
Biff McGuire ... Larry Templeton
Peter Lazer Peter Lazer ... Johnny Templeton
Scatman Crothers ... Timothy
Jack Mulhall ... Conductor
Roy Glenn ... Bartender (as Roy Glenn Sr.)
Geoffrey Lewis Geoffrey Lewis
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Radio warns of a mental patient escaped from a hospital into a severe New Mexico blizzard. At the rail-stop near the sanitarium, a huge, old cowboy boards the train & calms a rattled family with tall tales of the West, as the besieged train grinds to a halt. Totally entranced is the family's young boy, dressed as a gunslinger. Is the patient the old cowpoke ? Written by David Stevens

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 October 1958 (USA) See more »

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Shamley Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Scatman Crothers, the bartender character, also played in Stanley Kubrick's Shining, which also talked about a blizzard, at least in the first scene, involving Crothers. See more »

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Someone Should Shoot the Parents
6 July 2013 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

This is certainly a weak episode. The characters are so unlikeable that everything they do is annoying. Start with the snotty little kid in the 1950's cowboy outfit. He pretends to shoot old ladies and sneaks into people's compartments. He has apparently been thrown out of a private school because he won't stop talking. The parents are a couple gems. The mother, played by a very young Cloris Leachman, is so intolerant and unkind. The father is a feckless dinglejolly who sounds so weak when he tries to handle his son. Along comes Chill Wills, who has played a cowboy or two in his time. He fascinates the boy and gets him to listen. The question the kid asks are quite natural, but the mother wants to sit in her fox wrap and file her nail, only piping in to keep the kid quiet. Throw into this the announced threat of an escaped mental patient that occupies the kid's mind and you have the whole thing. The problem is, the kid has been given a silver dollar that he can keep if he doesn't talk. Well, of course, he knows something, but the problem is he can't say a word. It could have been OK but is just so dull.


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