Alfred Hitchcock Presents Reviews & Ratings

Alfred Hitchcock Presents was a half-hour anthology television series hosted by Alfred Hitchcock. The series featured both mysteries and melodramas. By the premiere of the show on October 2, 1955, Hitchcock had been directing films for over three decades.
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Feb 11, 2017 12:00AM EST
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One of the finest directors to have existed. Not the best human, but good at the job he did. There are so many gems in here. I think Alfred's quote about surprise and suspense sums up why he will always be one of the greats.

The following was his statement:

“There is a distinct difference between "suspense" and "surprise," and yet many pictures continually confuse the two. I'll explain what I mean.

We are now having a very innocent little chat. Let's suppose that there is a bomb underneath this table between us. Nothing happens, and then all of a sudden, "Boom!" There is an explosion. The public is surprised, but prior to this surprise, it has seen an absolutely ordinary scene, of no special consequence. Now, let us take a suspense situation. The bomb is underneath the table and the public knows it, probably because they have seen the anarchist place it there. The public is aware the bomb is going to explode at one o'clock and there is a clock in the decor. The public can see that it is a quarter to one. In these conditions, the same innocuous conversation becomes fascinating because the public is participating in the scene. The audience is longing to warn the characters on the screen: "You shouldn't be talking about such trivial matters. There is a bomb beneath you and it is about to explode!"

In the first case we have given the public fifteen seconds of surprise at the moment of the explosion. In the second we have provided them with fifteen minutes of suspense.

One of the finest directors to have existed. Not the best human, but good at the job he did. There are so many gems in here. I think Alfred's quote about surprise and suspense sums up why he will always be one of the greats.

The following was his statement:

“There is a distinct difference between "suspense" and "surprise," and yet many pictures continually confuse the two. I'll explain what I mean.

We are now having a very innocent little chat. Let's suppose that there is a bomb underneath this table between us. Nothing happens, and then all of a sudden, "Boom!" There is an explosion. The public is surprised, but prior to this surprise, it has seen an absolutely ordinary scene, of no special consequence. Now, let us take a suspense situation. The bomb is underneath the table and the public knows it, probably because they have seen the anarchist place it there. The public is aware the bomb is going to explode at one o'clock and there is a clock in the decor. The public can see that it is a quarter to one. In these conditions, the same innocuous conversation becomes fascinating because the public is participating in the scene. The audience is longing to warn the characters on the screen: "You shouldn't be talking about such trivial matters. There is a bomb beneath you and it is about to explode!"

In the first case we have given the public fifteen seconds of surprise at the moment of the explosion. In the second we have provided them with fifteen minutes of suspense.

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Jun 10, 2016 2:51PM EDT
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Came across this on late night tv as a teenager and was hooked. Not much of a fan of Hitchcock as a person but this show just hit the right note between creepy and mysterious...I should really buy the box set but I think I'd rather buy the Twilight zone box set, instead! lol

Came across this on late night tv as a teenager and was hooked. Not much of a fan of Hitchcock as a person but this show just hit the right note between creepy and mysterious...I should really buy the box set but I think I'd rather buy the Twilight zone box set, instead! lol

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Sep 5, 2014 12:24PM EDT
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Great Show :)

Great Show :)

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Jan 31, 2017 2:06AM EST
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Well, it's Alfred Hitchcock after all. A wry, dark sense of humor. And just the best at suspense.

Well, it's Alfred Hitchcock after all. A wry, dark sense of humor. And just the best at suspense.