Alfred Hitchcock Presents

Season 5 Episode 29

The Hero

Aired Sunday 9:30 PM May 01, 1960 on CBS

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  • Sir Richard Musgrave has it all - wealth, position, family. So why is he so alarmed by the smiling stranger on the luxury liner taking them both to Africa?


    The title of this episode - taken from a story by H. de Vere Stacpoole, the author of "The Blue Lagoon" - is not explained until the very end, and is a trenchant irony. We quickly guess that wealthy Sir Richard has acquired his fortune through a crime long in the past and that smiling, polite Mr. Keyser knows the truth, but the final revelations as to what exactly happened are handled beautifully, with Oscar Homolka delivering the exposition with understated menace and a demonstration of acting technique from which any aspiring actor could learn. One might murmur that the events of long ago should surely have been dated before 1939, when Britain was at war (and America wasn't), and that a prize would hardly be given for failing to rescue a drowning man; but there's not much else wrong with this segment.