The Alfred Hitchcock Hour: Dear Uncle George (1963)

Run Time - 60 min.  |  
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Gene Barry stars as journalist John Chambers, who under the nom de plume "Uncle George" writes a daily newspaper advice column. One of John's readers is Mrs. Weatherley (Charity Grace), who sends a letter to "Uncle George" telling him that her next-door neighbor is cheating on her husband. Realizing that it is his own wife, Louise (Patricia Donahue), who is the "cheater," John devises a clever scheme to murder Louise and pin the blame on her lover (a young Dabney Coleman). Unfortunately for "Uncle George," portly police detective Lt. Wolfson (Lou Jacobi) doesn't accept the clues at face value. Written by Richard Levinson and William Link, this episode bears a strong resemblance to the team's later TV series Columbo, the pilot episode of which also features Gene Barry as a murderer.