A man reports his car stolen in order to meet the woman of his dreams, literally, in the Night Gallery story “Keep in Touch—We’ll Think of Something,” reviewed here.
“Keep in Touch—We’ll Think of Something” **1/2
Written & Directed by Gene R. Kearney
Alex Cord as Erik Sutton
Joanna Pettet as Claire Foster
Richard O’Brien as Sergeant Joe Brice
David Morick as Officer Hruska
Paul Trinka as the Motorcycle Policeman
Mike Robelo as the Chauffeur
Pianist Erik Sutton (Alex Cord) visits a police station to report his car stolen by a female hitchhiker whom he picked up at 3:00 a.m., saying that he got out of the car to buy an early morning newspaper.
Three days later his car has been recovered but shortly thereafter, Sutton returns to the police to make the same report—and that his car has again been stolen by the same woman who this time pistol whipped him, thus the injury to his forehead.
He goes through a book of police mug shots, and not finding her, he asks if an artist can make a sketch based on his description. When the sketch of a very attractive woman’s face is near-completion, the Sergeant (Richard O’Brien) comments with a knowing look, “I know why you picked her up.”
The sketch leads to the woman, Claire Foster, married and well-to-do (Joanna Pettet, Cord’s real-life wife at the time), being picked up and she obviously matches the sketch. The police, however, have found no other fingerprints besides Sutton’s on his car’s steering wheel, so they must release her and hope that she doesn’t press charges for false arrest.
She is strangely understanding of the situation and not only does she not want to press charges against Sutton, but she agrees to meet him in a nearby bar.
“You’re the one I’ve been looking for ever since I’ve been in college,” Sutton tells Claire. He has memories of unspoken encounters with her in his dreams. He’s been tormented in his life with his main source of hope being her in his dreams and his believe that they are meant to be together, if only he can find her in real life, which is why he created the story of her stealing his car.
Claire shares with Sutton that her husband also has recurring dreams—dreams of a man with a long scar across his hand who comes into his bedroom and strangles him while he’s sleeping. She grabs Sutton’s hands to examine whether he has such a scar, but he does not.
She seems embarrassed and tries to leave but Sutton grabs her and says she was hoping it would be true—that he would be the man with the scar. The share a passionate kiss and he asks her to come leave her husband and come away with him on tour. While they are still in an embrace, she pulls out a pair of scissors from her purse and makes a long cut on one of his hands.
Sutton is shocked while Claire coolly says, “Don’t worry. You can stay at my place until the stitches come out. Everything’s going to work out just perfectly.”
The ending to this story is a surprise but I’m not sure it makes as much sense as it would have if Sutton already did have the scar on his hand. Overall, a decent near-miss.