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Alfred Hitchcock Presents

Season 1 Episode 2


Aired Sunday 9:30 PM Oct 09, 1955 on CBS
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Episode Summary

A pianist returns to his home town, hoping to mend a broken relationship with his father, and instead finds mystery and foreboding in everything he encounters.

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  • A riveting and suspenseful episode. John Forsythe gives an excellent performance as Kim, portraying a driving desire to find the truth about his father's death at all cost As usual, with Hitchcock, a twist in the plot is revealed at the end.moreless

    A riveting and suspenseful episode in which the tension builds in an unrelenting manner. Kim Stanger, returning home after four years away in Rome and Paris, where he has studied music, both as a pianist and conductor, finds that secrets are being kept from him from the moment he steps out of his taxi which has brought him from the airport. he has returned home to mend a relationship with his father which was broken due to Kim following his own passion for music and not the career his father would have wanted him to follow. John Forsythe gives an excellent performance as Kim, portraying a driving desire to find the truth at all costs and one senses as the story unfolds that Kim is someone who is driven from deep within, perhaps even by a mental illness. As the inconsistencies in the story of his father death unfold one becomes ever more aware of a conspiracy which Kim must get to the bottom of. As usual, with Hitchcock, a twist in the plot is revealed at the end.

    Watching episodes like this has convinced me that purchasing the complete season 1 dvd set has been a superb purchase and I eagerly await viewing other episodes.moreless
  • A man longs to improve the relationship with his father but the surprise is on him.

    This is a great episode. This is why you watch this series and Alfred Hitchcock movies. So basically this man comes to this hometown to improve his relationship with his dad. Instead of calling him dad, he calls his dad by his first name.

    Not that there's anything wrong with that, its just unusual for even adults to call their parents by their first names. Anyway once he comes home, he realizes that his sister-in-law and brother are lying to him and covering up how his dad really died.

    His search eventually leads him to the truth, his sister-in-law finally admits that his dad and him got in an argument and that he killed his own dad, afterwards he was put in a mental hospital to recover from the horrific ordeal.moreless
  • Hitchcock at its best!

    No wonder the show is a hit due to shows like

    AHP. As it shows a classical pianist who comes

    Back home and thinks that he is estranged from his dad

    When in fact, his brother and sister-in-law are really the ones to blame. As you end up feeling so sorry for the young pianist. Hitchcock at its best!
  • A rivoting mystery story with a twist ending. A pianist returns home to mend his estrangement with his father who has failed to answer his letters for four years, only to discover that his brother and sister-in-law are hiding the truth from him.moreless

    Skillfully directed by Robert Stevens, this is a "play" that is definitely in the Hitchcock "style."

    After being away for four years, a successful pianist, Kim Stanger, has an, unexplained, impulse to return home (which believes has something to do with a "premonition" he's been experiencing) and mend his estrangement with his father. It seems that his father was disappointed that his son did not follow the path he had wished his son had followed. Kim has instead, pursued his own passions -- music. Although Kim has written to his father during his years away, his father has not written back.

    While seeking to find out why his father never wrote back to him and, hoping to restore his relationship with his father, Kim senses that something is wrong. He discovers that his family has been withholding a secret from him. As he tries to unravel the bits and pieces, (and as the viewer slowly starts to figure out what is really happening), the plot takes on a delightful path of misdirection. As the "play" reaches its surprising conclusion, we find that, in typical Hitchcock style, the joke is on us.moreless
Cloris Leachman

Cloris Leachman

Susan Stanger

Guest Star

John Forsythe

John Forsythe

Kim Stanger

Guest Star

George Macready

George Macready

Doug Irwin

Guest Star

Percy Helton

Percy Helton

Gerald Eaton

Recurring Role

Harry Tyler

Harry Tyler

Mr. Dodds

Recurring Role

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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • The house that was used for the exterior shot of the Stanger home is the same that was used as the Barkley house in the TV series The Big Valley.

    • When Kim sits down to play the piano, the music that is heard very obviously does not match his hand movements on the keyboard.

  • QUOTES (2)

    • (Opening Narration)
      Alfred Hitchcock: Good evening. Have you ever had a premonition? A feeling that something dreadful was about to happen? I mention that, obviously, because tonight's play is about a young man named Kim Stanger. About his strange home coming and of the mystery he found when he arrived. Follow him, if you will, as he attempts to unravel this mystery, hindered at every step by his friends and haunted always by a vague sense of foreboding. This story is appropriately entitled "Premonition". I defy you to guess the nature of Kim Stanger's premonition, although we shall give you numerous clues in the prologue which we now present immediately.

    • (Closing Narration)
      Alfred Hitchcock: And as the cold New England sun slowly sinks behind the coroner's office, we take leave of mysterious, far-off Sheridan Falls, land of enchantment. And as the night breeze carries our little craft away from these beautiful wooded shores, we slowly turn our eyes back to the charms of television advertising and the lyrical chant of our sponsor's message, after which I'll float back. (Fades to commercial.)
      Alfred Hitchcock: I see it's time for our intermission. You may leave your seats if you wish and ah... have some light refreshment, chat with your friends, but please hurry back for our next play. That will be in just ah...(Looks at his wrists for a watch.) One week. Good night.

  • NOTES (0)


    • Doug: Hamlet, the ghost…

      Allusion: Doug is alluding to Shakespeare's play "Hamlet" in which a brother kills his father, and the father's ghost appears to the other son, seeking vengeance.