Suspicion

Season 1 Episode 1

Four O'Clock

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Aired Monday 10:00 PM Sep 30, 1957 on NBC
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Four O'Clock
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Paul Steppe, a successful watchmaker, begins to suspect that his wife Fran is seeing another man. Consumed with jealousy, Steppe decides to murder her. His plan, he feels is ingenious. Painstakingly Steppe applies all of his watchmaking skills to the construction of a time bomb. He plans to slip into his house in the afternoon without his wife's knowledge, leave the bomb and then return to his jewelry store unnoticed and unsuspected.moreless

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  • Paul plants a home-made bomb in the cellar of his own home, set to go off at four - his wife, he thinks, will be seeing her lover at that time. But burglars overpower him just after he's set it, and he's bound and gagged, only inches away...moreless

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    Alfred Hitchcock's theories about montage are demonstrated to devastating effect in this brilliant series opener for "Suspicion". E.G. Marshall spends around half his screen-time bound and gagged, unable to speak or move, as the mad bomber whose plans to kill his wife go so spectacularly wrong. Will the bomb go off at four o'clock? Director Hitchcock wrings every last moment of suspense out of the situation, and also makes sharp comments about male arrogance, the destructive aspects of suspicion and the lurking presence of murderous insanity in the most ordinary of suburban situations. The eyes of E.G. Marshall are especially eloquent; you may be reminded, in the last scene, of the closing moments of the "Lamb To The Slaughter" episode of Hitchcock's own show.moreless

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