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Many moons ago TAHH was on the USA network. It also

used to be on YT in its original form without cuts for

extra long commercials. I've probably seen all of them

at one time or another. The mediocre episodes drag a

bit, something that rarely happened in the half hour

series. The one with Dana Wynter as the nurse in

the creepy old house is pretty much a ripoff of The

Spiral Staircase.

 

 

I was disappointed they didnt show that one this past wknd. They did show some good ones though. (I watched maybe a half dozen of them) The one with Ray Milland where the inmates take over the asylum was on last night. Another favorite. A lot of people who appeared in his films guest starred on his tv show. Vera Miles, Milland, Joan Fontaine, John Gavin, etc.

 

Even Lillian Gish appeared in one (of the hour long ones)

 

Sometimes Hitch's wrap arounds were better than the episode. I always laugh when a story ended with someone getting away with something they'd have Hitch say they were eventually arrested and paid for their crime (to apease the tv bluenoses)...

 

They do show the half hour ones on the wknds very early in the morning on Antenna Tv (like at 3am) The hour episodes are shown on me tv on wknds also (also early in the morning)

 

The hour episodes sometimes dragged but there were some very good ones. The show fell victim to the anti violence campaign being waged at the time. Really a shame it ended.

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One of the episodes I saw starred Gene Barry as a newspaper columnist. The credits listed Dabney Coleman as playing a friend if his. If so, he was totally unrecognizable from the Coleman I remember 20 years later in, e.g., TOOTSIE.

 

I saw that one with Gene Barry.   As soon as Coleman was on the screen I said to myself 'hey I know that guy',  but I couldn't place him.   So I hit the 'info' button on the remote and saw the credits.    

 

One think about the show is that Hitchcock often closes with a Production Code type statement;    that the guy that gets away with the crime in the show (typically murder),  doesn't really get away with it because the law catches up with them after 'the end'.      I wonder if the network imposed these unnecessary silly statements (I mean that guy wasn't a real person!!!!) or if Hitchcock was so used to Production code ending 'clean up' that he just couldn't stop himself.

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Many moons ago TAHH was on the USA network. It also

used to be on YT in its original form without cuts for

extra long commercials. I've probably seen all of them

at one time or another. The mediocre episodes drag a

bit, something that rarely happened in the half hour

series. The one with Dana Wynter as the nurse in

the creepy old house is pretty much a ripoff of The

Spiral Staircase. 

 

Yeah, but in THE SPIRAL STAIRCASE, George Brent wasn't in drag, Vautrin.

 

(...but yeah, overall, the stories are very similar...you're right)

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I was disappointed they didnt show that one this past wknd. They did show some good ones though. (I watched maybe a half dozen of them) The one with Ray Milland where the inmates take over the asylum was on last night. Another favorite. A lot of people who appeared in his films guest starred on his tv show. Vera Miles, Milland, Joan Fontaine, John Gavin, etc.

 

Even Lillian Gish appeared in one (of the hour long ones)

 

Sometimes Hitch's wrap arounds were better than the episode. I always laugh when a story ended with someone getting away with something they'd have Hitch say they were eventually arrested and paid for their crime (to apease the tv bluenoses)...

 

They do show the half hour ones on the wknds very early in the morning on Antenna Tv (like at 3am) The hour episodes are shown on me tv on wknds also (also early in the morning)

 

The hour episodes sometimes dragged but there were some very good ones. The show fell victim to the anti violence campaign being waged at the time. Really a shame it ended.

Even though it borrows heavily from TSS, it's still one of the best of

the hour long ones. I remember the Ray Milland one too. Pretty good.

I don't remember them all of course, but some were better than others,

as in all TV shows. If I remember correctly, Vera Miles starred in one

as an old time movie star who turned out to be really old at the finale.

Yes, Hitch had to make clear at the end that the miscreant had been

punished, even though I believe there were a few episodes where that

didn't happen. I was hoping that Barbara Bel Geddes would have gotten

away with the frozen lamb murder, but she didn't, according to his epilogue.

He did have a good run with ten seasons of both formats, so maybe it

had runs its course. I haven't looked at YT to see if they are still available

"Aunt Bee" played a supporting role in the very first episode, Revenge.

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Yeah, but in THE SPIRAL STAIRCASE, George Brent wasn't in drag, Vautrin.

 

(...but yeah, overall, the stories are very similar...you're right)

Thank goodness. And the murderer wasn't a member of the

household either, but they are very similar, right down to

the tippling servants, if I remember correctly.

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Even though it borrows heavily from TSS, it's still one of the best of

the hour long ones. I remember the Ray Milland one too. Pretty good.

I don't remember them all of course, but some were better than others,

as in all TV shows. If I remember correctly, Vera Miles starred in one

as an old time movie star who turned out to be really old at the finale.

Yes, Hitch had to make clear at the end that the miscreant had been

punished, even though I believe there were a few episodes where that

didn't happen. I was hoping that Barbara Bel Geddes would have gotten

away with the frozen lamb murder, but she didn't, according to his epilogue.

He did have a good run with ten seasons of both formats, so maybe it

had runs its course. I haven't looked at YT to see if they are still available

"Aunt Bee" played a supporting role in the very first episode, Revenge.

 

 

Yes, "Bea" played a neighbor in the trailer park in that one. Vera was in another hour one that I missed over the wknd with Jeffrey Hunter where women were being attacked on a college campus. That was a creepy one. I agree the nurse one did borrow a lot from The Spiral Staircase (even some of the shots) but when I first saw the episode I'd never seen the film. (though the film did not have the same type of shocker ending!)

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Thank goodness. And the murderer wasn't a member of the

household either, but they are very similar, right down to

the tippling servants, if I remember correctly.

 

 

He had the rear end for it! :D

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Sometimes Hitch's wrap arounds were better than the episode.

 

My favorite was for "The Jar", which went something like this:

 

"Some viewers may note a similarity between The Jar and another popular home entertainment device. But I assure you, there is absolutely no comparison at all as far as quality is concerned. Still, we in television are improving all the time, and someday -- who knows?"

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My favorite was for "The Jar", which went something like this:

 

"Some viewers may note a similarity between The Jar and another popular home entertainment device. But I assure you, there is absolutely no comparison at all as far as quality is concerned. Still, we in television are improving all the time, and someday -- who knows?"

 

 

LOL. That was another great episode........

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Yes, "Bea" played a neighbor in the trailer park in that one. Vera was in another hour one that I missed over the wknd with Jeffrey Hunter where women were being attacked on a college campus. That was a creepy one. I agree the nurse one did borrow a lot from The Spiral Staircase (even some of the shots) but when I first saw the episode I'd never seen the film. (though the film did not have the same type of shocker ending!)

Yes, I saw the one with Vera and Jeffrey Hunter. That was a

good one. Lots of college talk about abnormal psychology,

which turned out to be appropriate.

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He had the rear end for it! :D

Yep, though he was big everywhere. Looked

a bit like Divine before Divine was around.

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Yep, though he was big everywhere. Looked

a bit like Divine before Divine was around.

 

 

LOL. Not quite that bad!!!

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Even though it borrows heavily from TSS, it's still one of the best of

the hour long ones. I remember the Ray Milland one too. Pretty good.

I don't remember them all of course, but some were better than others,

as in all TV shows. If I remember correctly, Vera Miles starred in one

as an old time movie star who turned out to be really old at the finale.

Yes, Hitch had to make clear at the end that the miscreant had been

punished, even though I believe there were a few episodes where that

didn't happen. I was hoping that Barbara Bel Geddes would have gotten

away with the frozen lamb murder, but she didn't, according to his epilogue.

He did have a good run with ten seasons of both formats, so maybe it

had runs its course. I haven't looked at YT to see if they are still available

"Aunt Bee" played a supporting role in the very first episode, Revenge.

 

Why didn't the movies do that? We could have had better and more realistic endings. Let Leslie Crosbie get away with it and then have some spokesman at the end say, "Don't worry, folks, she didn't get away with it. She was later kidnapped by the natives and subjected to various uncomfortable exercises, indigenous style, before they finally killed her. She didn't get away with a thing." No nods, no winks. Then the audience could go home happy after watching a wonderful movie with an arty ending.

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I watched a whole lot of it this weekend and I'm afraid I'm all Hitchcocked out.

 

Ooooooh...don't let the TCM programmers hear you say THAT, Janet!

 

Word is once this SUTS thing is over this month, those people are just ITCHIN' to present North by Northwest to us again!

 

(...and you certainly wouldn't want to disappoint those folks by having them think you'd purposely skip THAT, now would ya?!)

 

;)

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LOL. Not quite that bad!!!

Not quite, maybe a 75 or 100 pounds deficit. Well, TAHH is

long gone from YT, which I'm not too surprised about. Hulu

is no longer free, but Yahoo is teaming up with Hulu to run

a site like the old Hulu. The Presents episodes are available,

but not the hour long ones, so far.

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Why didn't the movies do that? We could have had better and more realistic endings. Let Leslie Crosbie get away with it and then have some spokesman at the end say, "Don't worry, folks, she didn't get away with it. She was later kidnapped by the natives and subjected to various uncomfortable exercises, indigenous style, before they finally killed her. She didn't get away with a thing." No nods, no winks. Then the audience could go home happy after watching a wonderful movie with an arty ending.

Doesn't sound like much fun. I'm glad that the American version of

Vertigo ended without Gavin Elster being brought to justice. He has

always been out of my favorite Hitchcock villains. Low key is the key.

 

There was TAHH episode where Peter Fonda took a rather sanguinary

revenge at the barber shop, which revenge thankfully wasn't shown in

closeup. That was one of the creepier episodes.

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Doesn't sound like much fun. I'm glad that the American version of

Vertigo ended without Gavin Elster being brought to justice. He has

always been out of my favorite Hitchcock villains. Low key is the key.

 

There was TAHH episode where Peter Fonda took a rather sanguinary

revenge at the barber shop, which revenge thankfully wasn't shown in

closeup. That was one of the creepier episodes.

 

Now, it's been a while since I've watched that Peter Fonda episode Vautrin, but doesn't his revenge victim actually die due to his literally being "scared to death" and not due to any "sanguinary" reasons?

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I saw that one with Gene Barry.   As soon as Coleman was on the screen I said to myself 'hey I know that guy',  but I couldn't place him.   So I hit the 'info' button on the remote and saw the credits.    

 

One think about the show is that Hitchcock often closes with a Production Code type statement;    that the guy that gets away with the crime in the show (typically murder),  doesn't really get away with it because the law catches up with them after 'the end'.      I wonder if the network imposed these unnecessary silly statements (I mean that guy wasn't a real person!!!!) or if Hitchcock was so used to Production code ending 'clean up' that he just couldn't stop himself.

You actually recognized him? I'm at a loss.

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Ooooooh...don't let the TCM programmers hear you say THAT, Janet!

 

Word is once this SUTS thing is over this month, those people are just ITCHIN' to present North by Northwest to us again!

 

(...and you certainly wouldn't want to disappoint those folks by having them think you'd purposely skip THAT, now would ya?!)

 

;)

 

No, no! Not that! Oh, the humanity...

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I watched a whole lot of it this weekend and I'm afraid I'm all Hitchcocked out.

 

 

LOL.

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Doesn't sound like much fun. I'm glad that the American version of

Vertigo ended without Gavin Elster being brought to justice. He has

always been out of my favorite Hitchcock villains. Low key is the key.

 

There was TAHH episode where Peter Fonda took a rather sanguinary

revenge at the barber shop, which revenge thankfully wasn't shown in

closeup. That was one of the creepier episodes.

 

 

I think that was from the half hour show. Yes, that was a good one.

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I stopped to watch one episode not too long ago (I think it is called "Victim Four") and it was not until the final credits that I realized that I had been watching Peggy Ann Garner as the female lead, who I had never seen as an adult!

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I stopped to watch one episode not too long ago (I think it is called "Victim Four") and it was not until the final credits that I realized that I had been watching Peggy Ann Garner as the female lead, who I had never seen as an adult!

 

I recommend Black Window - 1954.  This is the film where Peggy is featured the most as an adult;  i.e. the plot is all based around her character.       The film is unique in that it is a wide screen color 'noir'.   Now I put noir in quotes since if the film is noir is debatable.   Anyhow it is a mystery \ crime \ melodrama that also features Van Heflin, Ginger Rogers, Gene Tierney and George Raft.     

 

The film didn't help Peggy transition into a adult film actress.     

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Now, it's been a while since I've watched that Peter Fonda episode Vautrin, but doesn't his revenge victim actually die due to his literally being "scared to death" and not due to any "sanguinary" reasons?

Yes you're right Dargo. Fonda didn't actually have to do the dirty deed,

just hint at it and that caused his victim to die of a heart attack. I had

forgotten that, which made his plan much more subtle and tricky. I

wonder if in Hitch's closing comments that he said that Peter had to

pay the price.

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