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My favorite AHH episode so far. The modern count of Monte Cristo.
michelQDimples21 April 2011
The story grabs you emotionally right from the start.

The performance given by all the actors are stellar, especially Peter Fonda, who does an impressive job with the southern accent and Sammy Reese, the slow brother who turns out to be a very likable and sympathetic character.

The characters are well written. The story takes you on an emotional roller coaster with a bang at the end. The twist is clever yet not at all obvious, with some red herrings along the way.

This is more splendid than most of the Hollywood blockbusters I have seen in the recent years.

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Fonda Excels in Superior Entry
dougdoepke17 October 2014
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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Sweet Revenge...Terrific Episode!
myemail33399919 January 2007
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Beautifully scripted, directed, and acted...... Great deep-South characters flesh-out this episode. The mood is set at Fred's Hideout Cafe in Scene One. As the teleplay progresses, a young, lanky Peter Fonda plots to avenge the untimely death of his father, a poor peach farmer. Fonda's portrayal of Verge Likens is both brooding and stoic. Actor Robert Emhardt plays the consummate villain-- a cold-hearted murderer with a hint of a conscience (the latter trait is revealed later in the episode); you can tell he relishes his role, but never once does he go overboard. The story slowly builds to a very satisfying climax.
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My favorite AHP episode!
tlm121525 October 2011
The first time I saw this, I was totally engrossed, trying to see where this one was gonna go. Peter Fonda reminded me so much of his dad, Henry. He was so damned cool, ice wouldn't have melted in his mouth! He was the ultimate smooth criminal, kinda like Norman Bates after being arrested: he wouldn't hurt a fly! This is such a good episode, funny in places, creepy, just all around excellent. The accents, the supporting cast, the whole storyline had me from the opening. I've seen it enough times now, to use some lines of dialogue in everyday convo -- "There ain't a scratch on 'im" -- complete with big cheesy grin!! "Don't fergit my name: Verge Liiiii-kens, Verge Liiiiii-kens."
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Sharp and to the point!
sol121818 February 2012
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(Some Spoilers) It's when farmer Stony Likens, Robert Barrat, was both finagled and shystered, or talked out, out his his farm by big time politician and power broker Riley McGrath, Robert Emhart, that he decided to give the guy a piece of his mind.

Finding Riley drunk and fooling around in Fred's Hideout Cafe with one of the women customers Stony after telling him what he thinks of him sprays Riley with two bottles of beer. This has Reily pull out a gun and blow the barley sober Stony away in a totally unjustified act of violence! In Riley shooting down someone like a mad dog for just for spraying a little beer on him. Riley because of his influence and political connections gets away with murder or at least manslaughter in the 1st degree for what he did !

It's Stony oldest son Verge, Peter Fonda, who decides to take the law into his own hands and pay Reily back for what he did to his dad. Checking out Riley's movements Verge comes up with a prefect plan to fix him for good without him being held responsible for it. And it's non other then Reily who gives Verge through his kid brother Wilford,Sammy Reese, the pay off or hush money, $500.00, for him to do it!

***SPOILERS*** Verge's persistence and planning to do old Reily in worked to a T even thought it took almost six months for him to accomplish it. Getting the unsuspecting Reily right where he wants him Verge lets the old guy have it just by letting him know who he is, Stony son, and his conscience as well as heart did the rest. Verge did get his revenge for his dad's death by doing Reily in but he did it in a way that no law much less jury, if in fact he could ever be indited, on earth can ever convict him.

P.S Robert Emhart was in another similar Alfred Hitchcock episode some five years earlier where he played a road hog who was responsible for a persons, who was badly injured, untimely death. This time he was done in by another up and coming star in more or less the same fashion as in this episode: The soon to be star of the hit TV series Dr. Kildear Richard Chamberlain!
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Revenge is a dish best served cold.
mbrachman8 April 2014
This is Peter Fonda pre-"Easy Rider" (1969), pre-"The Wild Angels," (1966) in which he played the leader of a gang of bikers so sociopathic they make the real Hell's Angels look like choirboys by comparison, even pre-1965, when he attended an LSD party in LA, presided over by three of the four Beatles (Paul was absent) and at which he told the psychedelic- tripping guests over and over again how he had accidentally shot and almost killed himself when he was a child and so he "knew what it was like to be dead," which John Lennon used as a line for his song "She Said She Said" on the Beatles' 1966 album "Revolver." Here he plays one of two sons of an ornery, independent-minded, hardscrabble peach farmer who winds up on the wrong end of a violent argument with the local bigwig corrupt politician/big businessman (Robert Emhardt). Fonda plays the impetuous title character out to avenge the wrong done to his father. Incidentally, other reviewers have reported here that Verge Likens is the older of the two brothers. I don't know if this is correct. The actor Sammy Reese, who plays timid, meek, and simple-minded brother Wilford, was in fact five years older than Peter Fonda, and I believe that Wilford is supposed to be chronologically older than his hot- tempered brother, but less intelligent and resourceful, though sweeter-natured.

In any case, this is my favorite of all AH TV episodes. We follow Verge's narrative as he moves from a plan to exact revenge in hot anger to a scheme, using the bad guy's money, to accomplish his payback with cool, calculated cunning. As the story unfolds, we get several nuanced characters: Verge's scared, sweet brother, the villain who is not without his share of remorse and guilt, even two maiden aunts who work to ease the brothers' loss and grief. Most of all we get a superb performance by Henry Fonda's little boy, Jane's baby brother. A quarter century earlier, we saw Peter's real-life dad play Tom Joad in the film version of Steinbeck's novel "The Grapes of Wrath," a man who has to go on the lam after he killed an exploitative bad guy. There is a lot Tom Joad in Verge Likens as well, and real-life son Peter does dad Henry proud. As a bonus, we get Hitchcock, complete with moptop wig, in the introduction, entr'acte, and finale doing a superb send-up of the British Invasion craze circa 1964. This episode is not to be missed.
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