Watch Alfred Hitchcock Hour
- 3 Seasons
The Alfred Hitchcock Hour is host by no one other than the master of suspense himself, Mr. Alfred Hitchcock. Each hour episode is filled with mystery and suspense that always features a surprising and startling twist at the end. Every episode starts with Alfred Hitchcock entering the studio while Charles Gounod's Funeral March for a Marionette plays in the background. After saying good eve-a-ning to the television audience, Mr. Hitchcock gives a small monologue about the episode that is being shown. Right before a commercial break he will lightly make fun of the sponsor and directly after the commercial the episode will begin. Most of the episodes of The Alfred Hitchcock Hour are the original writings of Mr. Hitchcock himself. Occasionally though some of the episodes were adapted from the writings of famous authors including Ellery Queen, William Link, H.G. Wells and Ray Bradbury. Many of the episodes were even directed by Hitchcock himself but some episodes were directed by Sydney Pollock and William Friedkin. The ending of the show once more features Alfred Hitchcock but this time it is not to make light of the sponsors. Mr. Hitchcock believed that it was a necessary gesture to morality to reassure the audience that the bad guy or opposing force had been brought to justice. There were over 770 guest stars that have appeared in various episodes of the Alfred Hitchcock Hour. Such famous actors included Ed Asner, William Shatner, Lee Majors and Dick Van Dyke. Just as many famous actresses can also be seen such as Angie Dickinson, Jayne Mansfield, Joanne Woodward and even his own daughter Patricia Hitchcock appeared in episodes. Many of the unique and suspenseful episodes also found their way onto the red carpet. Both The Case of Mr. Pelham and Lamb to Slaughter which were directed by Mr. Hitchcock himself were nominated for Emmy Awards. Director Robert Stevens won an Emmy Award for the episode The Glass Eye in 1957 and writer James Bridges won an Edgar Award for An Unlocked Window in 1966. One of the most famous episodes though is The Sorcerer's Apprentice. The sponsor for NBC believed that that the gory ending was too extreme for television but it was later aired in syndication.