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The Crooked Road 

Harry Adams and his wife are driving cross-country through a rural Deep South town when a local speed trap ensnares the young couple. The corrupt redneck police officer, Chandler, arrests ... See full summary »

Director:

Paul Henreid

Writers:

William Fay (teleplay), Alex Gaby (story)
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Episode cast overview:
Alfred Hitchcock ... Himself - Host
Richard Kiley ... Harry Adams
Walter Matthau ... Off. Pete Chandler
Patricia Breslin ... Mrs. Adams
Richard Erdman ... Charlie Brown
Charles Watts Charles Watts ... Judge
Peter Dane Peter Dane ... Off. Andy Bleeker
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Harry Adams and his wife are driving cross-country through a rural Deep South town when a local speed trap ensnares the young couple. The corrupt redneck police officer, Chandler, arrests them and attempts to extort money from them. The more sophisticated and civilized vacationers from the Big Apple protest their innocence. But the worse they protest, the more the charges, cost & beatings inflicted by Officer Chandler and the entire town of corrupt rednecks becomes. Even Mrs. Adams sincere attempts to mollify the highway robbery patrol doesn't work. How more bad can it get? Yet, the "victim" Mr. Adams, as well as his wife, are not who they appear to be... Written by David Stevens

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 October 1958 (USA) See more »

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Shamley Productions See more »
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Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Hitchcock's intro is alluding to the game show scandals where shows such as "Twenty-One" were caught feeding answers to contestants. In August 1958, "Dotto" was caught fixing, and ratings plummeted on game shows, leading to several cancellations. Congressional hearings on this topic were held in the summer of 1959, ultimately leading to major changes in the code of conduct. See more »

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Hitchcockian perfection
25 February 2018 | by grizzledgeezerSee all my reviews

Don't worry. No spoilers.

Many "Alfred Hitchcock Presents" episodes have surprise or twist endings -- the very first of them (S1E1) being a classic example.

This is another one, with Richard Kiley and his wife abused and extorted by slimy yokels. Paul Henreid's tense direction induces an incredible amount of hatred in the viewer. When the mechanic threatens Kiley with a wrench, you hope he'll grab the wrench and beat him to death.

He doesn't. What does happen is -- there's no other word for it -- delicious. You'll be grinning from ear to ear.


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