Alfred Hitchcock Presents (1955 IMDb)

Viewing

Review applies to the first season.

Categorization

Crime anthology and marketing vehicle.

Subject

Alfred Hitchcock spends a minute on screen before and after a new “teleplay” each week, performing a morbid and dignified skit of some kind. The stories themselves (not usually tied to Hitchcock) are normally about criminals, frequently with a twist end and noirish ironies, but there is some anti-realistic subject matter as well. Whenever the protagonist seems to get away with murder, Hitchcock explains afterwards that he or she was caught under very improbable circumstances, thus fulfilling the minimum requirements of Code self-censorship. He also makes fun of the sponsor at every opportunity, for mutual benefit, and hilariously pre-empts psychoanalytical interpretation in one episode.

Commentary

Surprisingly hip in terms of marketing concepts, with a few good stories. Hitchcock did not write his own material.

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