Alfred Hitchcock Presents

Season 1 Episode 2


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

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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.

    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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

    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.