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Return of Verge Likens 

After his father is murdered by a politician who gets away with it, a young man becomes determined to get revenge.


Arnold Laven


James Bridges (teleplay by), Davis Grubb (from the story by)


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Episode cast overview:
Alfred Hitchcock ... Himself - Host
Peter Fonda ... Verge Likens
Robert Emhardt ... Riley McGrath
George Lindsey ... D.D. Martin
Jim Boles Jim Boles ... Sheriff Reynolds
William Bramley William Bramley ... Fred Starcher
Robert Barrat ... Stoney Likens (as Robert H. Barrat)
Charles Seel ... Rush Sigafoose
Nydia Westman ... Aunt Ida Maye
June Walker ... Aunt Mary Jane
Cathie Merchant ... Mary Masterson
Sam Reese Sam Reese ... Wilford Likens (as Sammy Reese)


Corrupt political boss murders the rebel father of 2 young men. The older brother faces difficult choices: swallow his pride to keep up the hardscrabble Appalachian farm & care for his developmentally disabled brother, or risk a quick death seeking retribution. When the older brother quietly leaves town to attend school, the arrogant boss is confident he's in the clear - no school offers a major in revenge, right?. Written by David Stevens

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Release Date:

5 October 1964 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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First episode broadcast on NBC. See more »


Verge Likens: I want him to know my name when I kill him, Wilford.
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Fonda Excels in Superior Entry
17 October 2014 | by dougdoepkeSee all my reviews

Fine episode. Often the 60-minute entries lacked the tightness of the 30-minute earlier Hitch series. The suspense here, however, rarely lets up thanks to ace performances from the three principals. So how's Fonda going to get revenge on Emhardt for killing his father. Fonda heightens tension with a convincing turn—half barbershop charming, half steely determined. And how does poor simple-minded Reese help brother Fonda since he seems too harmless to care. And of course there's blubbery Emhardt, perfectly cast as the small town big-shot. If there were a Hitchcock repertory team, Emhardt would head it up. I doubt anyone had more appearances for TV Hitch than the rotund actor. But then he was so good at being detestable, as he is here. For a Beverly Hills boy, Fonda does really well at playing a hillbilly, his lanky frame an apt contrast to the blobbish Emhardt. Anyway, it's a superior hour-long entry, with a good ironical ending that works really well.

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