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Man with a Problem 

Karen Adams' infidelity drives her husband Carl to attempt suicide by jumping from a high window ledge at a hotel. Can police officer Barrett stop him?


Robert Stevens


Donald Honig (short story) (as Donald Martin), Joel Murcott (teleplay)


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Episode cast overview:
Alfred Hitchcock ... Self - Host
Gary Merrill ... Carl Adams
Peter Mark Richman ... Officer Barrett (as Mark Richman)
Elizabeth Montgomery ... Karen Adams
Ken Lynch ... Police Lieutenant
Alex Gerry ... Doctor
Bartlett Robinson ... Hotel Manager
James Johnson ... Bellhop
Jean Field Jean Field ... Screaming Lady Waiting for Cab
Sid Melton ... Cab Driver
Guy Rennie Guy Rennie ... Cab Driver
Vic Tayback ... Man Talking to Cab Driver (as Victor Tayback)


Carl checks into a hotel and promptly steps out onto the ledge, apparently intending to kill himself. Carl recounts the events that have led him to this decision. His beautiful wife Karen was having an affair with a married man called Steve and eventually decides to leave her husband for him. Carl warns her that men like Steve will never leave their wives for a mistress but she dismisses this only to find that her husband had it right all along. In despair, she commits suicide. On the ledge, Carl seems willing to talk only to the local beat cop, Officer Barrett who goes out on the ledge to talk Carl into stepping back into the room. Little does he know that this is exactly what Carl had in mind. Written by garykmcd

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The rear projection in the hotel ledge scenes shows N. Michigan Ave. in Chicago, particularly the Allerton Hotel and a sign advertising Wanzer milk, a local Chicago dairy. See more »


Version of Alfred Hitchcock Presents: Man on the Edge (1987) See more »


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On the Edge
9 February 2017 | by hellraiser7See all my reviews

It's sometimes the last thing we would always think about but it something that can happen to anyone. When it seems all hope is completely lost and there is just no salvation, no where to go but down.

This is my third favorite tale in the show, there isn't much to say it's a simple man on ledge premise which has been done many times on other shows but this was one of the first and still the best.

This mainly comes more to our fear of heights. I really like the cinematography of the episode it really feels like your up there and I remember half the time I was just griping my seat hoping I won't fall off. You almost feel like any moment something or should I say someone is about to drop.

There is this one blackly funny moment and suspenseful at the same time when we see there is this group of idiotic teenagers just goading the guy to jump. And at that moment you can just see the fear in the guy's face as there is one part of him that does but another part that doesn't.

The interplay between both the policeman and the guy is solid as you are constantly hopping the cop will be able to talk the guy out of it, get him to have a change of heart. It's sort of a character drama as we discover details about both parties. For the guy it's understandable on his troubles, the loss he's going though down to discovering a terrible secret like that could push anyone over the edge (no pun intended) it's like everything that held your world together is just gone. I kinda like that we see that the cop's life has troubles of his own. Hearing that just goes to show that the guy isn't alone in the matter because everyone that we pass by is troubled in one way or another, I honestly don't know anyone that isn't; but it's how we deal or get through it that matters and keeps us going on.

Will he or won't he jump, you'll have to wait and see.

Rating: 4 stars

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Release Date:

16 November 1958 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Shamley Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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