Darkroom (1981–1982)
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The Rarest of Wines 

After the death of his mother, Frederick inherits her old house and its contents, while his sister Pamela inherits the company, much to Frederick's displeasure.

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Peter Crane
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Episode credited cast:
James Coburn ... Himself - Host
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Judith Chapman ... Pamela
Henry Polic II ... Frederick
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After the death of his mother, Frederick inherits her old house and its contents, while his sister Pamela inherits the company, much to Frederick's displeasure.

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15 January 1982 (USA) See more »

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Clever Story -- Well Served
2 January 2019 | by chrstphrtullySee all my reviews

Following the death of their mother, ne'er-do-well son Frederick is dissatisfied that she has left the family house and contents to him, while leaving the family business to his much more responsible sister, Pamela. When Pamela refuses to give him part of the business, Frederick resolves to hurt her by dissipating his share of the estate by selling those things that mean the most to Pamela, until she relents. One purchase he makes to squander the estate -- a case of obscenely expensive wine...

Another example of reliance on the "Alfred Hitchcock Presents" format, "The Rarest of Wines" acquits itself very well, thanks to a fine script by Siegel and very believable performances. On the one hand, Chapman effectively conveys Pamela's internal conflict between her anguish at the squandering of her family's legacy, and the risk she knows her brother presents to the rest of that legacy; on the other, Polic is wonderfully smarmy as the entitled Frederick, who cares nothing for what he has, his family, or anyone else. While the ending might not be the most inventive, the conflict leading up to it is sufficiently compelling that it makes the ending satisfying nonetheless.

This was the last episode of "Darkroom," and while it had some duds, its last two segments make one wish it might have lasted at least a little longer.


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