Rare Hitchcock

On this date in 1960, an NBC anthology series Ford Startime ran an episode titled “Incident at a Corner” – directed by none other than the “master of suspense” himself, Alfred Hitchcock. For Hitchcock completists and others, here’s the only color TV episode directed by Hitch. Starring George Peppard, Jack Albertson and Vera Miles, it’s an hour-long drama of accusation, suspicion and fear involving a school crossing guard in a small American town (synopsis from Wikipedia):

Hitchcock was no stranger to television by the time of the Ford Startime telecast. He had been hosting his own half-hour anthology show Alfred Hitchcock Presents since 1955, for which he directed 17 episodes before the series ended in 1961. He then directed one 1962 outing of his subsequent show, The Alfred Hitchcock Hour.

Those two series are well known to both Hitchcock aficionados and classic TV fans. But prior to Startime, Hitchcock also directed one other TV show – the very first episode of another NBC anthology series Suspicion, titled “Four O’ Clock” (September 30, 1957). E. G. Marshall stars as a watchmaker who suspects his wife of having an affair, so he decides to murder her by planting a time bomb in his house. Complications, of course, ensue:

Alfred Hitchcock Presents aired 268 episodes over seven seasons, and The Alfred Hitchcock Hour 93 episodes over three seasons. Some 150 episodes of Alfred Hitchcock Presents can be streamed free on Yahoo View. The Alfred Hitchcock Hour can be seen over-the-air on MeTV at 1 am ET weekdays. (Visit MeTV’s Where to Watch page to find your local station,)

If you’re seeking out the best of the episodes directed by Hitchcock himself, why not try the two for which he received best director Emmy Award nominations?  (As with his five Oscar nominations, Hitchcock didn’t win.)  Those two are “The Case of Mr. Pelham” (1955) and “Lamb to the Slaughter” (1958), which placed 59th on TV Guide’s “100 Greatest Episodes of All Time” list published in 2009.

You can stream The Case of Mr. Pelham free on Yahoo View. Yet, while that ad-supported service offers the third season of Alfred Hitchcock Presents, one of the 39 episodes is missing – Lamb to the Slaughter! So we found it for you via Vimeo:


About Les Luchter

Les Luchter is a former managing editor of Multichannel News, editor-in-chief of Cable Marketing, and news editor of Broadcast Week.

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