Alfred Hitchcock Presents

Season 2 Episode 2

Fog Closing In

Aired Sunday 9:30 PM Oct 07, 1956 on CBS
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A troubled wife is left alone in her house while her husband travels on business. When she hears strange noises, she goes to investigate...

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  • Who is more dangerous - an escaped mental patient or a lonely housewife?

    A very Hitchcockian notion, albeit a familiar one to admirers of this series - danger tends to come less from the officially-designated scary people than from the ordinary-seeming ones, the ones like you and me. Phyllis Thaxter is the unappreciated housewife whose coded cries for help are ignored by her unfeeling husband, and George Grizzard is the lonely, mentally-disturbed escapee with whom she is confronted. Who's the real danger - and to whom? No prizes for guessing, but the ferocity at the end has an exemplary suddenness. Finishing things off, Hitch mentions offhandedly that conventional morality was eventually served, something that censorship required him to do increasingly as this series continued - but you won't believe him for a minute and he doesn't want you to.moreless
George Grizzard

George Grizzard

Ted Lambert

Guest Star

Paul Langton

Paul Langton

Arthur Summers

Guest Star

Carol Veazie

Carol Veazie

Mrs. Connolly

Guest Star

Phyllis Thaxter

Phyllis Thaxter

Mary Summers

Recurring Role

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    • [Closing Narration]
      Alfred Hitchcock: (trying to clear the dense fog around him by waving his handkerchief) This concludes our play for tonight. Unhappily for Mary Summers, however, there is more to her story, for she subsequently found herself in one of those institutions which she had come to fear. Next time, we shall be back with another story.

    • [Opening Narration]
      [As we begin, a female form in a large hat obscures much of the screen while Alfred stands near a telephone and holds a feather duster]
      Alfred Hitchcock: Good evening, friends and others. Tonight...
      [Alfred addresses the female form]
      Alfred Hitchcock: Madam, some of our audience are having difficulty in seeing. Would you mind?
      [A woman's hands come up below and remove the entire head of what turns out to be a female mannequin]
      Alfred Hitchcock: Thank you.
      [Alfred turns back to the audience]
      Alfred Hitchcock: On the theory that what was good enough for Shakespeare is good enough for us, we plan to open tonight's play with a maid soliloquizing as she dusts. Unfortunately, tonight happens to be the maid's night out. I'm expecting an important call.
      [Telephone rings]
      Alfred Hitchcock: It must be Scotland Yard calling.
      [Alfred answers the phone, but there is clearly no wire between the phone and handset]
      Alfred Hitchcock: Yes? Thank you.
      [Alfred hangs up the phone]
      Alfred Hitchcock: It was. They say I'm being watched. That's very gratifying for a television performer.
      [In the background, fog rolls in]
      Alfred Hitchcock: Tonight's play is entitled Fog Closing In. Fog. I don't suppose any of you are familiar with that word. It's an American expression meaning... Well, it's really hard to explain to anyone who hasn't experienced it. The word has no English equivalent. Oh, well, it isn't too important. We'd better go on with the play.

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