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Alfred Hitchcock Presents 

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Series of unrelated short stories covering elements of crime, horror, drama, and comedy about people of different backgrounds committing murders, suicides, thefts, and other sorts of crime caused by certain motivations, perceived or not.
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1962   1961   1960   1959   1958   1957   … See all »
Top Rated TV #207 | Won 1 Golden Globe. Another 6 wins & 16 nominations. See more awards »

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Alfred Hitchcock ...  Self - Host / ... 268 episodes, 1955-1962
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Sir Alfred Hitchcock, the Master of Suspense hosts his own television show. Hitchcock introduced the show, which was then followed by a short half an hour episode which contained suspense, horror, and humor. After the story, Hitchcock would come back and end the show. Written by Samtroy

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Psycho (1960) was almost an episode of "Alfred Hitchcock Presents". They did in fact use the sets, camera and crew from the series. See more »

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[Hitchcock arrives for his introduction dressed in a safari outfit and pith helmet]
Alfred Hitchcock - Host: Good evening, ladies and gentlemen, and welcome to darkest Hollywood. Night brings a stillness to the jungle. It is so quiet, you can hear a name drop. The savage beasts have already begun gathering at the water holes to quench their thirst. Now one should be especially alert. The vicious table-hopper is on the prowl, and the spotted back-biter may lurk behind a potted palm. To take me through this most savage of...
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Alternate Versions

Many of Hitchcock's droll introductions were colorized and reused in the later revival Alfred Hitchcock Presents. See more »

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Spoofed in The Bugs Bunny Mystery Special (1980) See more »

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No hitches
1 December 2012 | by LejinkSee all my reviews

I am a massive Hitchcock fan and would argue that his creative peak in features was in the mid-late 50's, ironically just at the time he commenced production of this short-form series bearing his imprimatur, even if he only had time to personally direct a handful of episodes. Of the first four episodes I've watched from series 1, I've been impressed by their coherence, consistency and diversity, for instance one was set in the wild west, a genre you can hardly imagine the Master covering in his own work. Snappily scripted, plotted and edited, these short programmes prefigure the likes of "Twilight Zone" in the 60's and "Tales Of The Unexpected" in the 70's. The production values are high as is the acting talent involved; famously this is how Hitch discovered Vera Miles, who was to feature in two of his features in the years ahead as well as a penchant for a low budget, black and white shoot which would result in a certain movie centring on a psychologically disturbed motel owner, the title of which escapes me. All the episodes benefit from acerbic intros and outros by the man himself, playing up to his curmudgeonly persona while the sinisterly jocular theme music still conjures up that famous pencil-profile image which he would fill over the titles. I think it's great that a top Hollywood director in his prime could make time to adapt so well to the TV market as Hitchcock did here. These programmes are fun, pithy and entertaining and still worth watching today.


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USA

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English

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2 October 1955 (USA) See more »

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Runtime:

(266 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono

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4:3
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