28 November 2014

Jose Cruz

Having already thrilled audiences with a good three decades of suspenseful filmmaking, Alfred Hitchcock turned his attentions to television and on October 2, 1955 Alfred Hitchcock Presents premiered to home viewers everywhere.

Containing individual stories concerned mostly with criminal acts and other dastardly goings-on, the show was a guaranteed means of fans getting their fix of Hitchcock’s trademark tension within a 25-minute time span in between sponsor commercials (which Hitch so brilliantly and balefully poked fun at during most of his opening monologues).

The opening sequence of the show itself has been imbedded within the consciousness of popular culture at large. Who can forget the morbidly whimsical sound of Charles Gounod’s Funeral March for a Marionette, as Hitchcock’s shadow slowly fills the lines of his famous caricature?

In 1962 the series adopted a longer 50-minute format and changed its name to the more fitting The Alfred Hitchcock Hour. Though the same creative team from Presents stayed with the Hour series and all of the combined 363 episodes (270 from Presents, 93 from Hour) were produced and shot at Universal Studios in California, The Alfred Hitchcock Hour is typically seen as being a separate entity from its former incarnation.

The show also had massive star power behind it, treasured veterans and rising stars alike appearing in Hitch’s tales of mystery and murder.

Some of the actors involved included Robert Duvall, Charles Bronson, Barbara Steele, Vera Miles, Bette Davis, Vincent Price, Fay Wray, Dick van Dyke, Cloris Leachman, Angie Dickinson, Steve McQueen, Burt Reynolds, Peter Lorre, and even Alfred’s own daughter Patricia. This aspect of the series no doubt contributed to the public’s fascination and constant viewership.

Although Hitchcock opened and closed each episode, he only actually directed 17 episodes. Two of these episodes, The Case of Mr. Pelham and Lamb to the Slaughter earned the Master of Suspense two Emmy nominations.

But it was director Robert Stevens who took home the award for season three’s first episode The Glass Eye. Hitch didn’t make any cameos in the story segments of the episodes as was his habit for his films… the only time he makes an appearance is as a picture on a magazine’s front cover in Dip in the Pool.

The show’s last episode aired on June 26, 1962… but its legacy was far from over. With consistently high ratings all throughout its original run, AHP soon became one of the most syndicated of the classic television shows, ranking amongst I Love Lucy and The Twilight Zone for its frequent amount of re-runs.

The fact that Time magazine recognized the series in its list of “The 100 Best TV Shows Of All-TIME” and was included in a lineup of U.S. Postal stamps honoring early television pioneers only attests to the show’s staying power and classic status.

SEASON 1 • EPISODE TITLE AIRDATE
Revenge Oct. 2, 1955
Premonition Oct. 9, 1955
Triggers in Leash Oct. 16, 1955
Don’t Come Back Alive Oct. 23, 1955
Into Thin Air Oct. 30, 1955
Salvage Nov. 6, 1955
Breakdown Nov. 13, 1955
Our Cook’s a Treasure Nov. 20, 1955
The Long Shot Nov. 27, 1955
The Case of Mr. Pelham Dec. 4, 1955
Guilty Witness Dec. 11, 1955
Santa Claus and the Tenth Avenue Kid Dec. 18, 1955
The Cheney Vase Dec. 25, 1955
A Bullet for Baldwin Jan. 1, 1956
The Big Switch Jan 8, 1956
You Got to Have Luck Jan. 15, 1956
The Older Sister Jan. 22, 1956
Shopping for Death Jan. 29, 1956
The Derelicts Feb. 5, 1956
And So Died Riabouchinska Feb. 12, 1956
Safe Conduct Feb. 19, 1956
Place of Shadows Feb. 29, 1956
Back for Christmas Mar. 4, 1956
The Perfect Murder Mar. 11, 1956
There Was an Old Woman Mar. 18, 1956
Whodunit? Mar. 25, 1956
Help Wanted Apr. 1, 1956
Portrait of Jocelyn Apr. 8, 1956
The Orderly World of Mr. Appleby Apr. 15, 1956
Never Again Apr. 22, 1956
The Gentleman from America Apr. 29, 1956
The Baby Sitter May 6, 1956
The Belfry May 13, 1956
The Hidden Thing May 20, 1956
The Legacy May 27, 1956
Mink Jun. 3, 1956
Decoy Jun. 10, 1956
The Creeper Jun. 17, 1956
Momentum Jun. 25, 1956

SEASON 2 • EPISODE TITLE AIRDATE
Wet Saturday Sep. 30, 1956
Fog Closing In Oct. 7, 1956
De Mortuis Oct. 14, 1956
Kill with Kindness Oct. 21, 1956
None Are So Blind Oct. 28, 1956
Toby Nov. 4, 1956
Alibi Me Nov. 11, 1956
Conversations Over a Corpse Nov. 18, 1956
Crack of Doom Nov. 25, 1956
Jonathan Dec. 2, 1956
The Better Bargain Dec. 9, 1956
The Rose Garden Dec. 16, 1956
Mr. Blanchard’s Secret Dec. 23, 1956
John Brown’s Body Dec. 30, 1956
Crackpot Jan. 6, 1957
Nightmare in 4-D Jan. 13, 1957
My Brother, Richard Jan. 20, 1957
The Manacled Jan. 27, 1957
A Bottle of Wine Feb. 3, 1957
Malice Domestic Feb. 10, 1957
Number Twenty-Two Feb. 17, 1957
The End of Indian Summer Feb. 24, 1957
One for the Road Mar. 3, 1957
The Cream of the Jest Mar. 10, 1957
I Killed the Count, Part I Mar. 17, 1957
I Killed the Count, Part II Mar. 24, 1957
I Killed the Count, Part III Mar. 31, 1957
One More Mile to Go Apr. 7, 1957
Vicious Circle Apr. 14, 1957
The Three Dreams of Mr. Findlater Apr. 21, 1957
The Night the World Ended Apr. 28, 1957
The Hands of Mr. Ottermole May 5, 1957
A Man Greatly Beloved May 12, 1957
Martha Mason, Movie Star May 19, 1957
The West Warlock Time Capsule May 26, 1957
Father and Son Jun. 2, 1957
The Indestructible Mr. Weems Jun. 9, 1957
A Little Sleep Jun. 16, 1957
The Dangerous People Jun. 23, 1957

SEASON 3 • EPISODE TITLE AIRDATE
The Glass Eye Oct. 6, 1957
The Mail Order Prophet Oct. 13, 1957
The Perfect Crime Oct. 20, 1957
Heart of Gold Oct. 27, 1957
The Silent Witness Nov. 3, 1957
Reward to Finder Nov. 10, 1957
Enough Rope for Two Nov. 17, 1957
The Last Request Nov. 24, 1957
The Young One Dec. 1, 1957
The Diplomatic Corpse Dec. 8, 1957
The Deadly Dec. 15, 1957
Miss Paisley’s Cat Dec. 22, 1957
Night of the Execution Dec. 29, 1957
The Percentage Jan. 5, 1958
Together Jan. 12, 1958
Sylvia Jan. 19, 1958
The Motive Jan. 26, 1958
Miss Bracegirdle Does Her Duty Feb. 2, 1958
The Equalizer Feb. 9, 1958
On the Nose Feb. 16, 1958
Guest for Breakfast Feb. 23, 1958
The Return of the Hero Mar. 2, 1958
The Right Kind of House Mar. 9, 1958
The Foghorn Mar. 16, 1958
Flight to the East Mar. 23, 1958
Bull in a China Shop Mar. 30, 1958
Disappearing Trick Apr. 6, 1958
Lamb to the Slaughter Apr. 13, 1958
Fatal Figures Apr. 20, 1958
Death Sentence Apr. 27, 1958
The Festive Season May 4, 1958
Listen, Listen…! May 11, 1958
Post Mortem May 18, 1958
The Crocodile Case May 25, 1958
Dip in the Pool Jun. 1, 1958
The Safe Place Jun 8, 1958
The Canary Sedan Jun. 15, 1958
The Impromptu Murder Jun. 22, 1958
Little White Frock Jun. 29, 1958

SEASON 4 • EPISODE TITLE AIRDATE
Poison Oct. 5, 1958
Don’t Interrupt Oct. 12, 1958
The Jokester Oct. 19, 1958
The Crooked Road Oct. 26, 1958
The $2,000,000 Defense Nov. 2, 1958
Design for Loving Nov. 9, 1958
Man with a Problem Nov. 16, 1958
Safety for the Witness Nov. 23, 1958
Murder Me Twice Dec. 7, 1958
Tea Time Dec. 14, 1958
And the Desert Shall Blossom Dec. 21, 1958
Mrs. Herman and Mrs. Fenimore Dec. 28, 1958
Six People, No Music Jan. 4, 1959
The Morning After Jan. 11, 1959
A Personal Matter Jan. 18, 1959
Out There—Darkness Jan. 25, 1959
Total Loss Feb. 1, 1959
The Last Dark Step Feb. 8, 1959
The Morning of the Bride Feb. 15, 1959
The Diamond Necklace Feb. 22, 1959
Relative Value Mar. 1, 1959
The Right Price Mar. 8, 1959
I’ll Take Care of You Mar. 15, 1959
The Avon Emeralds Mar. 22, 1959
The Kind Waitress Mar. 29, 1959
Cheap Is Cheap Apr. 5, 1959
The Waxwork Apr. 12, 1959
The Impossible Dream Apr. 19, 1959
Banquo’s Chair May 3, 1959
A Night with the Boys May 10, 1959
Your Witness May 17, 1959
Human Interest Story May 24, 1959
The Dusty Drawer May 31, 1959
A True Account (Curtains for Me) Jun. 7, 1959
Touché Jun. 14, 1959
Invitation to an Accident Jun. 21, 1959

SEASON 5 • EPISODE TITLE AIRDATE
Arthur Sep. 27, 1959
The Crystal Trench Oct. 4, 1959
Appointment at Eleven Oct. 11, 1959
Coyote Moon Oct. 18, 1959
No Pain Oct. 25, 1959
Anniversary Gift Nov. 1, 1959
Dry Run Nov. 8, 1959
The Blessington Method Nov. 15, 1959
Dead Weight Nov. 22, 1959
Special Delivery Nov. 29, 1959
Road Hog Dec. 6, 1959
Specialty of the House Dec. 13, 1959
An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge Dec. 20, 1959
Graduating Class Dec. 27, 1959
Man from the South Jan. 3, 1960
The Ikon of Elijah Jan. 10, 1960
The Cure Jan. 24, 1960
Backward, Turn Backward Jan. 31, 1960
Not the Running Type Feb. 7, 1960
The Day of the Bullet Feb. 14, 1960
Hitch Hike Feb. 21, 1960
Across the Threshold Feb. 28, 1960
Craig’s Will Mar. 6, 1960
Madame Mystery Mar. 27, 1960
The Little Man Who was There Apr. 3, 1960
Mother, May I Go Out to Swim? Apr. 10, 1960
The Cuckoo Clock Apr. 17, 1960
Forty Detectives Later Apr. 24, 1960
The Hero May 1, 1960
Insomnia May 8, 1960
I Can Take Care of Myself May 15, 1960
One Grave Too Many May 22, 1960
Party Line May 29, 1960
Cell 227 Jun. 5, 1960
The Schartz-Metterklume Method Jun. 12, 1960
Letter of Credit Jun. 19, 1960
Escape to Sonoita Jun. 26, 1950
Hooked Sep. 25, 1960

SEASON 6 • EPISODE TITLE AIRDATE
Mrs. Bixby and the Colonel’s Coat Sep. 27, 1960
The Doubtful Doctor Oct. 4, 1960
Very Moral Theft Oct. 11, 1960
The Contest for Aaron Gold Oct. 18, 1960
The Five-Forty-Eight Oct. 25, 1960
Pen Pal Nov. 1, 1960
Outlaw in Town Nov. 15, 1960
O Youth and Beauty! Nov. 22, 1960
The Money Nov. 29, 1960
Sybilla Dec. 6, 1960
The Man with Two Faces Dec. 13, 1960
The Baby-Blue Expression Dec. 20, 1960
The Man Who Found the Money Dec. 27, 1960
The Changing Heart Jan. 3, 1961
Summer Shade Jan. 10, 1961
A Crime for Mothers Jan. 24, 1961
The Last Escape Jan. 31, 1961
The Greatest Monster of Them All Feb. 14, 1961
The Landlady Feb. 21, 1961
The Throwback Feb. 28, 1961
The Kiss-Off Mar. 7, 1961
The Horseplayer Mar. 14, 1961
Incident in a Small Jail Mar. 21, 1961
A Woman’s Help Mar. 28, 1961
Museum Piece Apr. 4, 1961
Coming, Mama Apr. 11, 1961
Deathmate Apr. 18, 1961
Gratitude Apr. 25, 1961
The Pearl Necklace May 2, 1961
You Can’t Trust a Man May 9, 1961
The Gloating Place May 16, 1961
Self Defense May 23, 1961
A Secret Life May 31, 1961
Servant Problem Jun. 6, 1961
Coming Home Jun. 13, 1961
Final Arrangements Jun. 20, 1961
Make My Death Bed Jun. 27, 1961
Ambition Jul. 4, 1961

SEASON 7 • EPISODE TITLE AIRDATE
The Hatbox Oct. 10, 1961
Bang! You’re Dead! Oct. 17, 1961
Maria Oct. 24, 1961
Cop for a Day Oct. 31, 1961
Keep Me Company Nov. 7, 1961
Beta Delta Gamma Nov. 14, 1961
You Can’t Be a Little Girl All Your Life Nov. 21, 1961
The Old Pro Nov. 28, 1961
I Spy Dec. 5, 1961
Services Rendered Dec. 12, 1961
The Right Kind of Medicine Dec. 19, 1961
A Jury of Her Peers Dec. 26, 1961
The Silk Petticoat Jan. 2, 1962
Bad Actor Jan. 9, 1962
The Door Without a Key Jan. 16, 1962
The Case of M. J. H. Jan. 23, 1962
The Faith of Aaron Menefee Jan. 30, 1962
The Woman Who Wanted to Live Feb. 6, 1962
Strange Miracle Feb. 13, 1962
The Test Feb. 20, 1962
Burglar Proof Feb. 27, 1962
The Big Score Mar. 6, 1962
Profit-Sharing Plan Mar. 13, 1962
Apex Mar. 20, 1962
The Last Remains Mar. 27, 1962
Ten O’Clock Tiger Apr. 3, 1962
Act of Faith Apr. 10, 1962
The Kerry Blue Apr. 17, 1962
The Matched Pearl Apr. 24, 1962
What Frightened You, Fred? May 1, 1962
Most Likely to Succeed May 8, 1962
Victim Four May 15, 1962
The Opportunity May 22, 1962
The Twelve Hour Caper May 29, 1962
The Children of Alda Nuova Jun. 5, 1962
First Class Honeymoon Jun. 12, 1962
The Big Kick Jun. 19, 1962
Where Beauty Lies Jun. 26, 1962
The Sorcerer’s Apprentice (Syndication only)

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