Alfred Hitchcock Presents

Season 3 Episode 23

The Right Kind of House

Aired Sunday 9:30 PM Mar 09, 1958 on CBS

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  • Amazing hook, smooth story

    SPOILERS: Do NOT read if you do not want to be surprised. This is an amazing show and I don't want you to read it and miss out on the wonderful story he's telling here. Just AMAZING and I don't get into thist stuff.

    First off, I never thought I was watching an Alfred Hitchcock when I saw the opening credits because I missed the intro song. I really don't care for these shows, or Outer Limits or Twilight Zone, I mean to me, they're just a little scary but a lot melodramatic. The show opens to a man driving around a lovely town on a country road and discovers "Ivy The man drives by a beautiful country house which is for sale, with a fence covered in blossoms and a big, wide porch and having two stories. He's driving a lovely big convertible car and just looks like a happy, well-meaning man on a fun adventure.

    The scene cuts to an office where a secretary and her bored boss are hurting for business, and the man with a convertible drives up to the office and gets out. They make like they're busy and the secretary (Sally) begins typing up a pretend letter to impress the client.

    The man comes into the office and explains how he wants to buy this certain house. The realtor explains that he'll never want to pay what the seller offers, this old lady Sadie who is selling the house, has lost her boy and she's extremely unreasonable about what a house like hers is worth. The realtor tries to get the man interested in other houses but he insists the house is just the right type of house for him. He asks the realtor if he might talk to Sadie and persuade him to sell for a reasonable house. The man says he can try, but Sadie's lost his son and can be unreasonable at times. The realtor calls anyway and sends the man to Sadie's to attempt to reason with her.

    At Sadie's house, the man comes inside, and Sadie immediately is brusque, telling him everyone insists that the home's price is too high but she's firm on the price and she knows what she wants for it. She almost kicks him right out for saying the home isn't worth the asking price of $50K and thinks it's worth more like $9 or $10K. But eventually, he relents and says, this is the right kind of house for me and I shall pay your asking price, after all, he is retired, his wife died many years ago and he does not need to answer to anyone.

    But Sadie wants to tell him a story about his son, since he'll hear it soon, he may as well hear it from her. Due to the heat, Sadie offers the man a lemonade and he sits down to hear the tale. She doesn't feel the heat, as old as she is. So, the tale is done in a flashback, where she comes down the stairs to a loud banging, and it's her own son, Michael (the one who's passed away). He's very upset and he's carrying a large black satchel. She offers to take his things but he shouts at her and immediately grabs back the bag. His nerves are shot, he says he lost his job in Manhattan but immediately confesses it is a lie: he was fired.

    Sadie continues. Michael's nerves over the summer start to become more and more relaxed; it's almost like her son is back. But one night, there is a terrible sound of a fight. A gun fires; a man is observed in the hallway but only from the legs down. Sadie turns on the light; the man gets away. Soon the police arrive, and the news is even worse: the sheriff and a detective from Manhattan tells Sadie her son was involved in a robbery in Manhattan where the crooks decided to rob a bank. They stole $200K. But then Michael stole the proceeds from two other crooks, leading the crooks to Sadie's house that fateful night for the cash. He is concerned about the location of a black bag he believes the other crooks may be coming for. The detective drills Sadie, but she says nothing of the bag on Michael when he came to her that night. Sadie wants to know, what are you doing to find the man who killed my son? I don't know a thing about the robbery. I only want to know who killed my son. They didn't seem to care, and suggested that the banks were just behind trying to find the money and (I thought) Sadie's interests were nothing.

    Sadie then informs the man that she knew the other crooks would come back to her house, looking for the rest of the $200K. That is why she had to ask for $50K for the house: only the other crooks would be willing to pay such a high price for the house because they would know the rest of the money was hidden somewhere there. The man's face instantly changes from benevolent to evil: he threatens to call the police because she admitted to lying about not knowing about the black bag. He believes Sadie is vulnerable and looks like he's going to pounce. Instead, Sadie informs him she is not worried about being caught in the lie. I knew whoever came to pay my asking price would be the killer, and I have already taken care of the killer. The lemonade. I put ten times the amount of poison in the lemonade to kill a man.

    The man gets up to phone for help but he doesn't make it that far; he dies. Sadie walks to the phone. She calls her realtor and tells him the man is not buying her house after all.

    EXCELLENT story and acting. The woman is fabulous and the man has the right combination of benevolence and pure nastiness. Do not miss The Right Kind of House.
  • An out of town salesman decides to possibly buy an old house that is in need of repair but the woman who owns the house wants an enormous amount of money for the house. Why?

    This is probably the 2nd best episode I have ever seen on Hitchcock Presents and Ive seen all 200+ episodes over the years. It is so cleverly done you never expect what will happen. Nothing makes sense at the beginning when you learn about an old lady, who is selling her house, wants an enormous amount of money (five times the price of its actual worth)for an old, poor condition house. The house has been on the market over five years and falling apart with no takers. A retired traveling salesman, from another state, decides to give this old lady the amount she is asking for the house. Why? You later hear the story, from the old lady to the traveling salesman of the secrets behind the house, and more importantly, the reason behind her high price. Extremely likable characters including Robert Emhardt who plays in many of the Hitchcock episodes plays the traveling salesman. Unbelievable Hitchcock ending with a great twist. A TRUE CLASSIC.
  • Good ironic ending.

    Another in a long run of great shows. Like the Twilgith Zone, Hitchcock enjoyed great plots and great stories.

    Again, why isn't this show on television anymore?

    This is one of the reasons why I like to watch ALFRED HITCHCOCK PRESENTS.
    It's too bad the show isn't on a leading TV network anymore, now that the so-called "classic" TV LAND network decided to ditch most of the "oldies" and play mostly a crappy blend of 70s and 80s TV shows.
    Bring back the good times, TV LAND!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • Reminds you of just how valuable good writing is to a show.

    It may lack the fast paced action and special effects of most programming today. It doesn't even have much for scenery, most of the episode taking place in the living room of a house. But it goes to show you that a very well written plot can carry a program without all of the added fanfare. One of those special episodes that will regularly pop up in conversations about the series and will most likely be one of the ones you will remember when you think back on your favorites. Wish Alfred was around to write some more like this one.