Season 1 Episode 27

Late Date

Aired Tuesday 9:00 PM Apr 04, 1961 on NBC
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Late Date

When a man murders his adulterous wife, his younger brother concocts an elaborate plan to dispose of the body--despite the killer's reservations.

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  • It could ALMOST be a movie!

    Here we have a fine example of how extra breathing room can only help a good director with a good story to tell. Instead of a slam-bam, here's-what-happened-and-here's-the-end episode typical of the 30 minute dramas, this one is almost film-like in the way tension is allowed to build and smaller details are passed along to flavor the plot with a richness that only an hour-long episode could offer. The result is a riveting, well-acted story that some viewers might even think ends too soon

    On the downside, Platt is indeed a bit too old for the part of the elder brother, and he looked like he could even be the family's father if cast as such. There's a bit too much lucky happenstance--such as when Larry finds the carpet roll by the road after he is booted from the truck--and the ending is a letdown typical of the crime dramas of the era (the guilty ALWAYS pay for their sins!)

    But, overall, it's one of the better episodes of this or any other show of its time.moreless
  • AHP, anyone?

    This one definitely has an Alfred Hitchcock Presents feel to it, and doubtless it would've been better as a half-hour show too, since it definitely shows signs of padding throughout. I'm guessing that Edward Platt wasn't their first casting choice in that role, since he definitely seems too old and out of place there. The finale would've been better served (in classic AHP style) by a fade on the cop leaving and then Alfie coming on right afterwards to assure us in his usual droll fashion that justice was indeed ultimately served. The musical score btw was rather intriguing, featuring flute, piano and percussion, along with clarinet and what actually sounded like some sort of mellotron (if they had those back then)...although it also in truth did become a bit intrusive at times, though that was most likely a side-effect of the aforementioned dragging.moreless

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