Alfred Hitchcock Presents

Season 6 Episode 18

The Greatest Monster of Them All

Aired Sunday 9:30 PM Feb 14, 1961 on CBS

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  • A veteran horror star is humiliated when he attempts a comeback at a poverty row studio; but he takes a horrible revenge.


    A rather mangled version of a clever storyline - the ending clearly implies that the film director has been bitten in the neck by the old Dracula actor, yet we are shown a knife and told that "this is what he did it with". Censorship, perhaps? A lot of time is spent on showing us what a crummy outfit the veteran horror star is now working for, when surely we should have had some hint that the old boy has a touch of the ghoul about him in real life? Not enough is made of how brilliant he had been, and quite why he's been humiliated by the film's director is unclear. One might also think that the two unscrupulous characters running the studio are excessively caricatured, and in a distasteful manner (although both actors were Jewish, as was scriptwriter Robert Bloch). Richard Hale, as the old horror star,has a fine Karloffian presence.

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