Alfred Hitchcock Presents

Season 4 Episode 2

Don't Interrupt

Aired Sunday 9:30 PM Oct 12, 1958 on CBS

Episode Fan Reviews (2)

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  • Good acting undermined by weak plot

    This episode features one of my favorite performances in the series. Chill Wills is spot on as Mr. Kilmer, an old cowhand who entertains with his accounts of the West in the early 20th century. Unfortunately, Wills's acting does not save the episode from its lame plot twist. The little boy can't sit still or keep his mouth shut for 5 seconds, yet he manages to keep quiet about the man dying outside the train just so he can earn $1 from his dad? A dollar wasn't that much money even back in 1958. Absurd. At least they didn't go the even lamer route of Mr. Kilmer being the escaped mental patient.
  • Poor directing/editing reduced this story from potentially excellent to mildly entertaining.

    This could have been an excellent episode, but directing/editing were poor and didn't make the story believable. Instead of establishing that the boy interrupts other people talking, what actually happens is that during conversations, there is a lull, at which point the boy gives his two cents worth. There was no interruption, with only one exception. Also, when the boy receives the dollar and is told to put it somewhere safe, he puts it behind his belt, where it immediately starts to fall out. We know exactly what will happen.
    On the other hand, it was wonderful to see Chill Wills giving stories about snowbound cowboys.