Alfred Hitchcock Presents

Season 7 Episode 14

Bad Actor

Aired Sunday 9:30 PM Jan 09, 1962 on CBS

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  • How far will a washed-up actor go to get a leading role in a new play? And what's he keeping in that ice-bucket of his?


    A routine episode, primarily of interest for its cast - the leading role of the psychopathic actor is played by Robert Duvall, well before movie fame (before, even, his debut role as Boo Radley in "To Kill A Mockingbird"), whilst his leading lady is Carole Eastman.She never had much acting success, but, under the pseudonym of "Adrien Joyce", wrote some of key movies of the late 60s and early 70s - among them "The Shooting" and "Five Easy Pieces". The story is just so-so, and it is surely improbable that anyone could buy such large quantities of industrial-strength X-0-3 acid without arousing suspicion. Playing a bad actor, Duvall shows a bad tendency towards, well, bad acting, although it's true he's encouraged to overdo things by both script and direction.