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Flight to the East 

A newsman taking a forced plane trip to Egypt, tells of his past World War 2 connection with arms trafficking, to a lovely governess who knows part of his story is untrue.


Arthur Hiller


Joel Murcott (teleplay), Bevil Charles (story)


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Episode complete credited cast:
Alfred Hitchcock ... Himself - Host
Gary Merrill ... Ted Franklin
Patricia Cutts Patricia Cutts ... Barbara Denim
Konstantin Shayne ... Abdul Ismael
Anthony George ... Sasha Ismael
Mel Welles ... Police Inspector Kafir
Harvey Stephens ... European Bureau Manager
Ralph Clanton Ralph Clanton ... Sir Robert Walton


A complex mystery, this Hitchcock mystery begins with an American reporter, his companion, and a young woman sitting together on a flight out of Nairobi. The reporter, Ted Franklin, tells his story of betrayal and the unjust execution of an Arab-French arms dealer who allegedly sparked a tribal uprising in Kenya. Franklin is convinced of the man's innocence, but as the story unfolds, it becomes clear that the woman has a very personal stake in the drama and that Franklin may not be what he claims to be. Written by Edie Nahoy

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Release Date:

23 March 1958 (USA) See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Shamley Productions See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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As the passengers are seen climbing the stairs to board the plane, they are on its left side. When the view switches to the interior of the plane, they are seen boarding from the right side. See more »

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Overly Dense Storyline
30 June 2010 | by dougdoepkeSee all my reviews

Needlessly complex storyline that's also awkwardly told. The narrative is anchored in a conversation between Cutts and Merrill aboard a flight to Cairo, but keeps cutting to flashbacks as reporter Merrill explains a court case he was involved in. The many details of the case are somewhat confusing, plus filming separate versions of the same event from two different standpoints (Merrill's & Cutt's) doesn't help. The dual versions is a novel concept for 50's TV, but in this context simply compounds the basic problem. Then there's the expected payoff that's both weak and implausible.

Frankly, I'm surprised the script passed muster with the producers. There may be some good plot ideas lurking somewhere in the screenplay, but unfortunately they're buried by the crowded storyline. At least, Cutts is lovely to look at and Merrill is a persuasive actor. Otherwise it's a disappointing entry.

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