The Alfred Hitchcock Hour

Season 3 Episode 14

Final Performance

Aired Thursday 10:00 PM Jan 18, 1965 on CBS

Episode Recap

Cliff Allen is a television writer who is on way to Hollywood. On the way, he picks up a pretty hitchhiker named Rosie. As he is driving, Cliff is stopped by the police and Rosie accuses him of kidnapping her. Cliff denies everything, but the police make him go into town. On the way to town, Cliff's car breaks down and he is forced to stay over night in a run down hotel run by a washed-up vaudeville actor named Rudolph Bitzner who dreams of a comeback. At the motel, Cliff runs into Rosie who, not only works at the motel, but also is part of Rudolph's act. He apologizes for what she did and tells him that she only did it to get away from Rudolph who is planning to marry her. She tells Cliff that she still wants to leave and asks him to take her. He agrees and when his car is fixed he heads over to Rosie's. There he finds Rudolph who tells him that Rosie changed her mind. After Cliff insists on hearing this from Rosie herself, Rudolph takes him to his rehearsal hall where Rosie sits waiting. Rudolph sits by her and she tells Cliff that she does want to stay. Cliff as shocked and leaves, not realizing that it was a deception: Rosie is dead and Rudolph's act is ventriloquism.