If you’re a fan of gripping thriller, horror and mysteries and are a fan of Alfred Hitchcock, it’s well worth watching old episodes of the Alfred Hitchcock Hour. An anthology series which was hosted by Alfred Hitchcock himself and featured brand new stories each week. To discover a guide to the Alfred Hitchcock Hour simply continue reading.
Everything that you need to know about the Alfred Hitchcock Hour:
It originally debuted as Alfred Hitchcock Presents.
It was known as Alfred Hitchcock Presents from 1955 to 1956, when it was renamed the Alfred Hitchcock Hour. When it debuted in 1955, Hitchcock had already been directing blockbusters for over 30 years.
Alfred Hitchcock appeared at the very start of each episode:
At the start of each episode Hitchcock would set the scene and would give viewers a preview of what to expect in the episode which they were about to watch.
Hitchcock directed several episodes himself:
Not only did Hitchcock host each episode but he also directed a multitude of episodes. Over the years which Hitchcock hosted the show, he directed 17 episodes. In comparison the director who directed the most episodes was Robert Stevens who directed 44 episodes of Alfred Hitchcock Presents over the years.
Each episode presents a whole new story:
Each episode presents a brand new stand alone story. As an example, in Alfred Hitchcock An Unlocked Window 1965, tells the story of a supposed nurse killer and takes place in a home where a new nurse named Stella is in charge of taking care of an invalid named Glen Barker. Also in the house are a handy man, a maid and another nurse named Nurse Ames. When it seems that Nurse Ames is being attacked by the nurse killer, Stella tries to call the police for help. However, Nurse Ames attacks her and it’s revealed that Nurse Ames is not a woman after all and is the nurse killer, a man disguised as a woman in order to kill other nurses.
This particular episode is a gripping episode which features great acting and plenty of moments of suspense. So if you’re looking to start watching the Alfred Hitchcock Hour it’s a great idea to start off with watching An Unlocked Window.
It screened late at night:
Due to its themes, the show screened late at night. The earliest it screened was at 9.30 pm, while the latest it started screening was at 10 pm.
It was renewed in 1985:
In 1985 NBC decided to revive the show and gave it a new lease of life but coloring each episodes footage so that the show would better appeal to modern audiences. Who were used to color TV and were unlikely to watch a black and white TV show. Sadly, the show was cancelled after a single season, even though it was generally well received.
So if you’re a fan of horror, mysteries or thrillers, it’s a great idea to start binge watching episodes of Alfred Hitchcock Presents. Especially if you’re a fan of his work as a director.