13 July 2013 | Hitchcoc
Really Dull, All Things Considered
Even with the aging Basil Rathbone at the helm, this episode is really not very interesting. It is a bit of a detective story first, an archaeological story second. It involves the eyes of a panther statue from 3000 years ago in Egypt. It involves hieroglyphics that indicate that things have been floating above the ground, because of some sort of anti-gravity device. The eyes of the panther have been replace by glass eyes and the originals have disappeared. In the process, a man has been killed, forcing his widow into hiding. There are obviously agents of death at work here and it has to do with those eyes. Truman Bradley's little visual essay on the lifting of the huge stones to create the great pyramids is much more interesting than the episode itself.
Oh, by the way, did all men carry cigarette cases in those days. I've watched numerous episodes of this and other early television series. I'm not surprised at the volume of smoking but by those flat silver cigarette cases. As a matter of fact, I haven't seen one ordinary cigarette pack in any of these stories.