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A Little Sleep 

A bored rich girl goes up to her cabin in the mountains. Before the night is over, she'll wish desperately she had just gone home.


Paul Henreid


Robert C. Dennis (teleplay), Joe Grenzeback (story)




Episode complete credited cast:
Alfred Hitchcock ... Himself - Host
Barbara Cook ... Barbie Hallem
Vic Morrow ... Benny Mungo
Jack Mullaney ... Diner Customer
Robert Karnes ... Ed Mungo
John Carlyle John Carlyle ... Chris Kymer
Douglas Kennedy ... Austin
George Chandler ... Partygoer


Barbie Hallem is a bored rich girl, who drinks too much, parties too much and flirts outrageously with any man she meets. And there's no reason to think she stops at flirting, even though she has a boyfriend. But her boyfriend is a drip. He won't punch out a guy when he sees her kissing him. The dullard even tries to take her home when she gets drunk at a party. What she wants to do is go up to the mountains and stay at the cabin her uncle left to her. The boyfriend tries to tag along, but she manages to abandon him at the side of the road. Before the night is over, she'll wish desperately she had just gone home. Written by J. Spurlin

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Release Date:

16 June 1957 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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[first lines]
Barbie Hallem: Lover, you dance like a gigolo.
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Flirting with Trouble
24 March 2007 | by dougdoepkeSee all my reviews

The main reason to view this otherwise routine episode is to get a load of Barara Cook's flaunted sexuality and gain, as reviewer Cine perceptively asserts, some insight into what that highly charged behavior implies. In fact, this 50's entry amounts to an unusual TV excursion into the touchy topic of sexual exploitation. As Barbara Hallem, Cook's every movement is that of a choreographed tease, from tight dress to swiveling hips to plunging neck-line, all aided and abetted by an appreciative camera as Cook piles it on. I expect this episode went about as far as any TV show of the time in titillating male viewers. She is, however, nothing more than a tease to which the derogatory slang of the time richly applies. More importantly, hers is not a sexuality of frankness; rather it's a sexuality of guile and manipulation. She appears incapable of an honest relationship. So when she's "punished" at episode's end, of course there is an element of male satisfaction. But if that satisfaction is reactionary, so are her capricious and abusive ways. And in that sense, the episode offers an interesting little glimpse into the mores of a time that in many respects are still with us.

Footnote: Unfortunately that fine actor Vic Morrow is almost totally wasted in a part that could have been filled by any one of dozens of lesser talents.

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