Alfred Hitchcock Presents - Season Three
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By season #3, ALFRED HITCHCOCK PRESENTS had really hit its stride. This DVD set is a terrific package of some of the finest programming the Golden Age of Televison ever produced. The first two years of the show are also available in complete season box sets.
For a fine bargain-priced compilation of Hitch's British-era movies, try the ULTIMATE HITCHCOCK COLLECTION. It offers 18 vintage titles as well as two TV episodes.
This program list is sequential by airdate. Included on it are 1 to 10 viewer poll ratings, titles and the most prominent actors for each episode.
(9.1) (.#1) The Glass Eye (10/6/57) - Billy Barty/William Shatner/Jessica Tandy
(8.6) (.#2) The Mail Order Prophet (10/13/57) - Jack Klugman/E.G. Marshall
(8.3) (.#3) The Perfect Crime (10/20/57) - Vincent Price/James Gregory
(8.6) (.#4) Heart of Gold (10/27/57) - Daryl Hickman/Nehemiah Persoff/Mildred Dunnock
(9.0) (.#5) Silent Witness (11/3/57) - Don Taylor/Patricia Hitchcock
(8.9) (.#6) Reward To Finder (11/10/57) - Oskar Homolka/Jo Van Fleet/Claude Akins
(9.0) (.#7) Enough Rope For Two (11/17/57) - Steven Hill/Jean Hagen/Steve Brodie
(8.6) (.#8) The Last Request (11/24/57) - Harry Guardino/Cara Williams/Hugh Marlowe
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Coincidentally (well, probably not), all three of the above-mentioned episodes were directed by Mr. Hitchcock himself, which tends to make this writer think that when Hitch himself is at the helm, a certain extra "something" is added to that particular program. It's hard to define what it is, though. It seems to be a special "Hitch Quality" that raises the level of the episode a notch or two.
The list of guest stars that put in appearances in this third season of "AHP" is fairly impressive indeed, including one of the "masters of horror", Vincent Price, who (as usual) is very good in "The Perfect Crime".
And what better guest star could there possibly be for an episode of "Alfred Hitchcock Presents" than Mr. Price? Vincent's very presence in a TV show or motion picture conjures up in the viewer's mind ample thoughts of suspense, mystery, and murder, which makes him made to order for Mr. Hitchcock's television series.
Other familiar faces that can be found in this third-season collection are:
Joseph Cotten, Jack Klugman, Mildred Natwick, William Shatner, Jeanette Nolan, E.G.Read more ›
This is one of my favorite anthology programs, just as fun as The Twilight Zone. A bit more macabre, definitely.
The first 3 seasons were just marvelous, and I devoured them with great relish, and happily looked forward to the many upcoming seasons, to be released, I thought, on DVD. Well....it's autumn (same time of year that the first three seasons were released on DVD), and Season Four ain't nowhere to be seen. Was it too good to last? Or are WE the ones this time, who are victims of a Hitchcockian plot? Is this the perverse twist at the end of OUR story?
Alfred Hitchcock truly was the first director as celebrity. It began with the cameos, his droll sense of humor and a business deal (the opportunity to host his own TV program and make lots of money). The third season of "Alfred Hitchcock Presents" remains one of the pinnacle years for the program. Although Hitch only directed three episodes, all three are classic Hitch.
Produced by Norman Lloyd (who appeared in Hitchcock's "Saboteur" and "Spellbound")and long time Hitchcock associate Joan Harrison, the series works like the best short stories--involving you in the suspense story at hand often with a droll, witty sense of humor.
The third season varies in quality but overall looks pretty good in its first ever complete presentation on DVD (there was a single disc of the TV shows available in the first Universal Hitchcock box set). It's a pity there aren't any extras or commentary tracks (particularly on the best episodes such as "Lamb to the Slaughter")but the show is presented at an affordable price. We get all 39 episodes on five discs.
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Great old shows. I purchased all three seasons for my husband as a gift and he's loving them. Hitchcock is actually very funny in all the intros and there are some really good... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Jackie
Excellent product! Highly recommended to anyone who enjoys a quality interlude of tasteful entertainment.Published 3 months ago by grafdog
2 of the 5 DVDs would not read. This was a gift and 3 days past the return date. Cannot find a way to contact the seller.Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
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