The Alfred Hitchcock Hour

Season 3 Episode 19

Wally the Beard

Aired Thursday 10:00 PM Mar 01, 1965 on CBS
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Wally the Beard

After receiving a wig and a beard, shy Wally Mills acquires a fresh personality, a girlfriend, and abundance of problems.

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  • A man, Walter Mllls, after a broken relationship decides to change his life by altering his appearence. This alteration while giving him a fresh new outlook on life also brings in other dilemnas.moreless

    A man, Walter Mllls, after a broken relationship decides to change his life by altering his appearance. This alteration while giving him a fresh new outlook on life also brings in other dilemmas. One of the best episodes of the series and really fun to watch. Unlike the other episode this one has a very likable main character who doesn't really do anything wrong except change his appearance and becomes too naive. The actor Larry Blyden is great as the shy but boring Walter Mills. Walter's girlfriend who is engaged with him finds him extremely boring and decides to break up with him mutually.

    While Walter handles this well the sting felt by uncaring girlfriend makes him want to change his appearance. Since he is bald and an older gentleman, he decides to pick up a wig. When he puts on the wig (he looks like Dr. Zhivago) he notices a remarkable different Walter Mills. This leads him to change his personality into a man named Phillip Marshall. By his own imagination he makes Marshall into a sailing wizard who knows what women want.

    Watching him do this act is fun as hell. Everything is going great until his nosy, old pathetic landlady starts asking question about Marshall who comes to "visit" Walter.

    Marshall/Mills meets an attractive blonde named Noreen who apparently is in bad relationship with her bf Curly. Curly discovers Walter's secret and blackmails him into hiding stolen money. Walter not wanting his romantic relationship with Noreen to become over decides reluctantly to do it. This ends up causing more problems and reveals an obvious twist for the episode (conning) but ultimately as Alfred says all the guilty parties are caught.

    This is a very memorable episode. Besides the story it's a commentary about how the most important thing isn't really your outward appearance but your inward heart.moreless

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    • Host: Good evening. have you ever wondered what it would be like to be the absolute ruler of a nation? I'm finding out. I am the winner on a television show called King for a Day. I'm a trifle disturbed, however. I just learned how they are able to provide for a different winner each day. This country, like the earth, has one revolution every 24 hours. It is reassuring to know, however, that the state funerals are among the best. As usual, this prologue has absolutely nothing to do with tonight's play, which tells the story of a little man who becomes involved in a very odd charade. One of my first acts as king was to ban from the country forever all television commercials. They were deported to the United States. Here is one of them.

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