Alfred Hitchcock Presents

Season 5 Episode 13

An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge

Aired Sunday 9:30 PM Dec 20, 1959 on CBS

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  • In 1862, a Southern aristocrat is due to be hanged by Union troops at the bridge over the Owl Creek river, near his mansion. But the rope is fraying - can he escape?


    Not to be compared with Robert Enrico's famous movie version of the same story - "La Riviere d'Hibou", or "Incident At Owl Creek" - this is nonetheless a workmanlike, if rather prosaic, version of the famous Ambrose Bierce story. The problem is that it takes rather too long to get the bridge itself, and to the hero's miraculous escape - the story is padded out with a lot of detail about why he's due to be hanged in the first place. Still, the cast includes both the great Juano Hernandez as an angel-of-death figure and a young James Coburn, billed quite a long way down the cast-list despite his key role.

  • This is a must-watch.

    Very chilling and thrilling episode. You can feel the subject's longing for home and his wife.

    The way I understand it, the same STORY, not episode and actors, was acted out on a TWILIGHT ZONE.

    What a great show Hitchcock was.
    Again, why isn't this show on television anymore?

    Great plot. Great acting. Great suspence.

    The following is in many of my other reviews. It is added to boast word count. This site required 100 words or more for reviews.

    This is one of the reasons why I like to watch ALFRED HITCHCOCK PRESENTS.
    It's too bad the show isn't on a leading TV network anymore, now that the so-called "classic" TV LAND network decided to ditch most of the "oldies" and play mostly a crappy blend of 70s and 80s TV shows.
    Bring back the good times, TV LAND!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!