Escape's "Incident in Quito" is a harsh but amusing story about what can happen when you give the wrong gift.
In the wilds of an Ecuadorian jungle, an explorer named Frank Harvey is struggling to find something extraordinary to bring back from his expedition. When he learns that one of the local tribes has a special knack for shrinking the heads of their enemies, he is determined to obtain a few examples of their work. Frank's wife, Edith, is the one paying for this expedition, and she is an unpleasant, demanding woman. Tired of the jungle, she demands that they leave. Edith expects her husband to follow through on her orders, but he disobeys her. Frank wants those shrunken heads -- more than he wants her.
"Incident in Quito" was written by writer and Suspense sound effects technician Ross Murray. Antony Ellis produced/directed and Larry Thor starred as Frank Harvey. Also appearing were: Jeanne Bates, Edgar Barrier, Don Diamond, Fay Baker, Jack Kruschen, and Tony Barrett. This episode aired on December 7, 1952.
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