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"I should add that this far-ranging, miscellaneous quality makes the book a fascinating companion." -- The Hitchcock Annual, 2001-2002

"Is a treasure trove of information and lore, based on enormous research and a number of interviews." -- Leonard Maltin, Entertainment Tonight & Movie Crazy

"This book was worth the anxious wait by Alfred Hitchcock fans worldwide." -- The Delta Star, October 2002

"contains an enormous amount of material on Hitchcock's activities apart from his role as a film director." -- Hitchcock Annual, 2001-02

From the Publisher

Officially licensed through Universal Studios and the Hitchcock estate, "The Alfred Hitchcock Presents Companion" is the final result of hard-work and sweat. Alfred Hitchcock's daughter, Patricia Hitchcock, wrote the forward. The authors themselves have spent years compiling information for this book, and spent no expense on a project that is highly agreed by all to be long over-due. Hitchcock scholars around the world, from Australia to England, Sweden and Denmark, have proofed and nit-picked every aspect of the book, to ensure the content's accuracy. Experts in the field of television horror, radio, and print media have also looked over the various chapters. Story origins have been gathered. The spelling of actors' names have been double-checked. In the case of some episode entries, the plot descriptions have been rewritten almost half a dozen times! We feel this book is as comprehensive as it can be. If you thought you knew everything about Alfred Hitc! hcock, guess again.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 660 pages
  • Publisher: OTR Publishing, LLC; 1st edition (April 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0970331010
  • ISBN-13: 978-0970331014
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,372,979 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Martin Grams is the author and co-author of more than 20 books, and contributed numerous appendixes and chapters for other books. His book on THE TWILIGHT ZONE was the winner of the 2008 Rondo Award for "Best Book of the Year." His recent book on THE GREEN HORNET has been well-received by critics. Martin is an active member of SPERDVAC, research consultant for a major film magazine and volunteers his time to help the Mid Atlantic Nostalgia Convention held annually in Maryland every September.

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Format: Paperback
First, let me say that there's a lot to like about this book. It's very obvious that an exhausting amount of effort was involved in researching it, and for that the authors are to be warmly commended. One would guess that every scintilla of data related to "TV Hitchcock" has been unearthed and accounted for. This project was very obviously a labor of love.
Unfortunately, this book has an amateurish flavor that's very distracting. For one thing--as has been mentioned by other reviewers--the illustrations are evidently photocopies of photographs; they're really nasty. However, that's not the worst of it.
These guys can't write. PERIOD.
Not only is this work rife with typos, but the prose itself is awful. Grammatical errors abound, punctuation is tossed about with abandon (particularly commas), and vocabulary is misused. An editor brandishing a blue pencil in one hand and a whip in the other is DESPERATELY needed to pull this book into shape.
It hurts me to trash this book, as so much work went into it. But the fact of the matter is that literature (even popular) needs to be held to standards, and this book just doesn't meet them. I see a lot of this deterioration in contemporary writing--it's scarier than anything Hitchcock ever committed to celluloid, that's for sure. Please, bring back good editors. If one had been available to the authors of this work, it would probably have merited a 5-star rating.
Addendum--I'm editing my previous review by way of self-defense: "James Barton creditable as Hobbs (or rather Hobbs' body - since he's actually playing Fortnum for much of the show), and convinces you that he's actually suffering.
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OTR Publishing presents "THE ALFRED HITCHCOCK PRESENTS COMPANION" (Paperback), by Martin Grams Jr. & Patrik Wikstrom --- Watching my favorite show every week was something to look forward to, now with all the episodes I have in my collection -- can follow a detailed account and the complete guide to go along with my collection of "Alfred Hitchcock Presents" and "The Alfred Hitchcock Hour" with my DVD collection --- Special "behind-the-scenes" look at the making of many of the episodes plus the 1980s remake series, a chapter documenting all the "Alfred Hitchcock Presents" collectibles --- Various chapters by experts include insight into the Hitchcock spoofs, comic books, the Hitchcock-produced "Dark Intruder," "Psycho," and the "Suspicion" television series -- and over 100 photos, which one reviewer complained were copies of copies -- who cares ... we can still enjoy them.

1. Features a lengthy history of the television series, including all three pilots!
2. Features a complete broadcast log of each and every episode, with cast lists, plot descriptions, Hitch's
opening and closing remarks, and trivia and recollections from over 100 actors, writers, directors. --
Exclusive interviews with Patricia Hitchcock, Norman Lloyd, Ray Bradbury, Fess Parker, Henry Slesar,
Gordon Hessler, Hazel Court, Vincent Price, Elliott Reid, Marc Richman, Warren Stevens, Hilton A. Green,
Arthur Ross, Joseph Pevney, Ann Robinson, Sydney Pollack, Marian Seldes, Ann Robinson, Julie Adams
and many more!
3. Features the same for the remake series of the 1980s with the colorized Hitchcock openings!
4. Documents each and every LP, magnet, matchbook, hotel soap, label pin, board game and many other collectibles!
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This book is so poorly written, it is no wonder that it has fallen out of print. The writing is horrendous, the photos (or photocopies) are beyond laughable, and the research is at best shallow. My elementary school students could have done a better job. Don't bother with this book (if you can even locate a copy now). "Alfred Hitchcock Presents" was a classy show with high quality writing, and and any book about it ought to be on par with those standards of excellence. Fans of the show should organize a class action lawsuit against the publisher for breach of compentency. Please someone, write an "unauthorized" companion reference guide, and give this series the tribute it truly deserves.
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First, let's get the things I don't like about this book out of the way: A little more care could have been invested into the proofreading since I have spotted a number of mistakes in spelling and punctuation just glancing over the first few pages of the introduction. Also, except for the cover shot of Hitch, which looks just fine, all of the pictures inside the book look like they very reproduced on a very cheap photocopier.
But these are minor flaws which don't really count when you consider the wealth of content within these pages. I also happen to own the book "Alfred Hitchcock Presents: An Illustrated Guide to the Ten-Year Television Career of the Master of Suspense" (currently out of print), as far as I know the only previous work on the subject of Hitch's TV shows, and quite an enjoyable read by itself, but this new tome is much more comprehensive. It is full of well-researched details, and once you pick it up and start reading (anywhere; you don't have to start on page 1), you will find it hard to put down again. I like the fact that it works as a reference book (when you just want to check up on a particular episode), but it works equally well as a general analysis of the Hitchcock TV phenomenon. It is obvious that the authors deeply care about their subject, and the extent to which they have done their homework exceeds even my expectations.
If you are in any way interested in Alfred Hitchcock's work for the small screen or just Hitchcock in general, don't miss this book. It's a must-read and I highly recommend it.
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