Alfred Hitchcock Presents

Season 1 Episode 10

The Case of Mr. Pelham

Aired Sunday 9:30 PM Dec 04, 1955 on CBS



  • Trivia

  • Quotes

    • [Closing Narration]
      Hitchcock's Double: [struggling with orderlies] But I'm Alfred Hitchcock, I am. I can prove it.
      Orderly: Sure. Sure. Everybody is!
      Hitchcock's Double: I am, I insist. [as they take him away, camera pans left to another Hitchcock]
      Hitchcock: An outstanding hoax. He carried off the impersonation brilliantly except for one thing. Bubblegum in his pocket. Indeed. Alfred Hitchcock wouldn't be caught dead with bubblegum in his pocket [sound of gunshot]... Poor chap. Do excuse me. I need a moment to pull myself together.

    • Pelman: Why? Why did this have to happen to me? Why?
      Pelman's Double: No reason. It just did you see.
      Pelman: I've know for several days that there's an agency more than human here. Tell me, what is it? Whom do you represent? Who are you?
      Pelman's Double: Why, Mr. Pelham, of course. You're mad, you know.

    • Pelman: No. I don't think, he's trying to persecute me, Doctor. In fact, I can think of no reason at all for him to do what he's doing. I have the feeling that he's trying to... to move into my life, to crowd closer and closer to me, so that one day he is where I was... standing in my shoes, my clothes, my life. And I... am gone. Vanished.

    • Pelman: You see, what I need to know is could a man actually be in one place, doing one thing, and still, in his mind, be elsewhere doing something else? But so vividly, with such detail, that this is the real, the living part of his life to him? Do you think?

    • [Opening Narration]
      Hitchcock: Good Evening. Due to circumstances beyond our control. Tragedy will not strike tonight. I'm dreadfully sorry. Perhaps some other time. However, I've just witnessed a sneak preview of this evening's story and I found it simply frightening. Sometimes death is not the worst that can befall a man. And I don't refer to torture or any type of violence. I mean the quiet little insidious devices that can drive a man out of his mind. Like putting bubblegum in someone's coat pocket. Tonight's little frolic is called 'The Case of Mr. Pelham'.

  • Notes

    • Anthony Armstrong's very imaginative story garnered many copy-cat stories over the years including two written by Rod Serling for the original Twilight Zone: Mirror Image (2/26/60) and Nervous Man in a Four Dollar Room (10/14/60). And, most famously perhaps, Harlan Ellison's novella "Shatterday" which was adapted as the first episode of the revised Twilight Zone on 9/27/85.

    • This story was also the basis of a British film of 1970, "The Man Who Haunted Himself", directed by Basil Dearden.

    • This episode is based on the short story "The Case of Mr. Pelham" by Anthony Armstrong (pseudonym for George Anthony Armstrong Willis). This story was first published in Esquire (1940).

    • 1955 Emmy Nomination: This episode garnered Alfred Hitchcock an emmy nomination for Best Director (Film Series).

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