Alfred Hitchcock Presents

Season 1 Episode 38

The Creeper

Aired Sunday 9:30 PM Jun 17, 1956 on CBS
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A serial killer known as “the strangler” terrorizes a New York neighborhood.

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  • A housewife wonders if the deranged serial killer terrorising the neighbourhood might be someone she knows.

    This very nasty story has a consistent atmosphere of dread which the shabby-genteel squalor of the settings intensifies. Is the "family friend" so blatantly putting the moves on unhappy housewife Mrs. Grant really the mad killer who's claimed several victims in this down-at-heel neighbourhood? Or is he just an unpleasant, self-centred bully who enjoys making her uneasy, even frightened, because she resists his advances? The plotting isn't terribly sophisticated and you might guess the twist quite early, but there is a constant, clammy, nerve-jangling oppressiveness in the atmosphere which holds the attention. Percy Helton, twanging-voiced and wild-eyed, contributes a neat cameo as the grubby janitor.moreless
Constance Ford

Constance Ford

Ellen Grant

Guest Star

Steve Brodie

Steve Brodie

Steve Grant

Guest Star

Reta Shaw

Reta Shaw


Guest Star

Percy Helton

Percy Helton

Building Super

Recurring Role

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  • QUOTES (4)

    • (Opening Narration)
      Alfred Hitchcock: Good evening. And thank you for peeping in at me tonight. I will try to make it worth your while. Now if you'll look through the keyhole with your other eye…(holds up an eye chart) Excellent, thank you. Incidentally, those of you who think these letters don't spell anything couldn't be more incorrect. The last line was copied from an old insurance policy. Now that we are all in focus, I should like to make a few prefaratory remarks about tonight's librette. It is called "The Creeper" and is about a person who had a very peculiar way of striking up an acquaintance with women: he killed them. A distinctly anti-social tendency, for it never leads to any lasting friendship.

    • Janitor: Terrible thing, isn't it? Them poor women.
      Martha: They probably asked for it. Decent women don't get themselves murdered.

    • Ellen: There's something wrong with you, Ed, wrong! As a kid, even the games you made up were cruel.
      Ed: If you knew anything about child psychology you'd know that a lot of kids are basically cruel.
      Ellen: Yes, but they grow out of it. And you didn't.

    • (closing narration)
      Alfred Hitchcock: And so, once again the creeper commits the most heinous crime a woman can imagine: he takes the telephone away from her in the middle of a call. Obviously, this sadistic criminal will stop at nothing. For the record, the creeper was subsequently caught, and is now repairing locks in one of our leading penal institutions. If you liked our story, please write in. Perhaps we can give you a sequel to "The Creeper," called "The Toddler."

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