A TV Review by MIKE TOONEY:


“Annabel.” An episode of The Alfred Hitchcock Hour (Season 1, Episode 7). First air date: 1 November 1962. Dean Stockwell, Susan Oliver, Kathleen Nolan, Bert Remsen. Teleplay: Robert Bloch, based on the novel This Sweet Sickness (1960) by Patricia Highsmith. Director: Paul Henreid.

PATRICIA HIGHSMITH This Sweet Sickness

   David Kelsey (Dean Stockwell), outwardly a fairly normal if brilliant individual, is leading a double life, assuming two different identities.

   He also has a case of unrequited love for Annabel Delaney (Susan Oliver), who is already married to a man who’s getting angrier and angrier; while David, in turn, hardly notices Linda Brennan (Kathleen Nolan), herself another case of unfulfilled desire. Ultimately, something’s got to give and it does, violently ….

   Stockwell’s character is very much in Patricia Highsmith’s Talented Mr. Ripley mold: insensitive, narcissistic, warped, and capable of almost anything.

   Dean Stockwell’s huge list of screen credits includes Home, Sweet Homicide (1946), Song of the Thin Man (1947), Compulsion (1959), two episodes of Columbo, one Ellery Queen (1975), 97 episodes of Quantum Leap (1989-1993), and 15 appearances on the Battlestar Galactica reboot (2006-09).

   Susan Oliver did a lot of TV starting in the ’50s; sci-fi enthusiasts remember her from the Star Trek pilot film. She had a long run on the Peyton Place soaper, two appearances each on The Name of the Game and Murder, She Wrote and she was also a superiior pilot.

   As for Robert Bloch: Psycho ’nuff said.

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