Climax! (1954–1958)
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Night of Execution 

A woman is forced to leave her marriage by her violent, over-bearing husband whose objective is to train their young son to follow his evil footsteps.

Director:

Allen Reisner

Writers:

Faith Baldwin (based on a story by), James P. Cavanagh (adaptation)
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Cast

Episode credited cast:
Nina Foch ... Emily Rone
Vincent Price ... Gideon Rone
Dick Foran ... Robert Maxwell
Harry Bellaver ... Craig
Peter J. Votrian ... Keith Rone (as Peter Votrian)
Bart Burns ... District Attorney
Kathryn Card ... Mrs. Craig
Amzie Strickland Amzie Strickland ... Jane
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Art Gilmore ... Announcer
William Lundigan ... Himself - Host (as Bill Lundigan)
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A woman is forced to leave her marriage by her violent, over-bearing husband whose objective is to train their young son to follow his evil footsteps.

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Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated
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Language:

English

Release Date:

22 September 1955 (USA) See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

CBS Television Network See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Pretty exciting but I wouldn't have ended it this way.
15 August 2012 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

This is a very exciting episode of "Climax!"--and it's an amazing role for Vincent Price. Price plays an incredibly abusive husband. He is constantly riding his young son and trying to make him tough. This includes shooting the kid's pet rabbit and treating him like a deranged drill sergeant. He also is physically and emotionally abusive towards his wife. To make things worse, he is cold and calculating. So, when his wife objects, he outlines his plan to fight her in court--vowing he'll stop at NOTHING to win and to keep the boy. Considering divorce laws at the time, he probably was right--and her friend, a lawyer, tells her this. To make things worse, he's throwing her out--and he insists there is nothing she can do. In a panic, she decides there is only one path--to kill him before he destroys the boy.

Seeing Vincent Price in this role was very exciting. He really ate up the screen and made you hate him--making his character even more monstrous than many he'd later play in films. Because of this, I really was pulled into the episode. My only complaint, and it's not a huge one, is that the ending seemed a tad weak. I know I wouldn't have ended it that way. See it yourself and let me know what you think. The show is available for free download from archive.org--a website linked to many of IMDb's movie listings.


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