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"The Alfred Hitchcock Hour" The Black Curtain (1962)

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Joel Murcott (teleplay)
Cornell Woolrich (novel)
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Original Air Date:
15 November 1962 (Season 1, Episode 9)
A mugging restores the memory of a man with amnesia. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
User Reviews:
Richard Basehart and Lola Albright See more (4 total) »


 (Episode Cast) (in credits order)

Alfred Hitchcock ... Himself - Host

Richard Basehart ... Phillip Townsend

Lola Albright ... Ruth Burke

Harold J. Stone ... The Taxi Driver

Gail Kobe ... Virginia

James Farentino ... Bernie
Neil Burstyn ... Chuck (as Neil Nephew)

Celia Lovsky ... Mrs. Fisher
George Mitchell ... The Druggist
Andy Romano ... The P.A.L. Officer
William Sharon ... The Man
Joseph Trapaso ... The Motorcycle Policeman (as Joe Trapaso)

Frank Sully ... The Drunk

Lee Philips ... Frank Carlin
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Rudy Solari ... Mugger (uncredited)

Episode Crew
Directed by
Sydney Pollack 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Joel Murcott  teleplay
Cornell Woolrich  novel "The Black Curtain" (as William Irish)

Produced by
Gordon Hessler .... associate producer
Norman Lloyd .... producer
Original Music by
Lyn Murray 
Cinematography by
John L. Russell (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Douglas Stewart 
Art Direction by
Alexander A. Mayer 
Set Decoration by
Robert C. Bradfield 
John McCarthy Jr.  (as John McCarthy)
Makeup Department
Jack Barron .... makeup artist
Florence Bush .... hair stylist
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Ronnie Rondell Jr. .... assistant director (as Ronnie R. Rondell)
Sound Department
William Russell .... sound
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Vincent Dee .... costume supervisor
Editorial Department
David J. O'Connell .... editorial department head
Music Department
Stanley Wilson .... music supervisor

Series Crew
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Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
George Bellak  story (one episode)
Andrew Benedict  story (2 episodes)
John Bingham  story (2 episodes)
Nicholas Blake  story (one episode)
Robert Bloch  story (4 episodes)
Robert Branson  story (one episode)
Thomas H. Cannan Jr.  story (one episode)
Avram Davidson  story (one episode)
Lewis Davidson  story (2 episodes)
Amber Dean  story (one episode)
Richard Deming  story (one episode)
Francis Didelot  story (one episode)
Nigel Elliston  story (one episode)
Lee Erwin  story (one episode)
Kenneth Fearing  story (one episode)
Richard Fielder  story (one episode)
Celia Fremlin  story (one episode)
John Garden  story (one episode)
Oliver H.P. Garrett  story (one episode)
C.B. Gilford  story (one episode)
Robert Gould  story (one episode)
Larry M. Harris  story (one episode)
Elizabeth Hely  story (one episode)
James Holding  story (one episode)
Randall Hood  story (one episode)
S.B. Hough  story (one episode)
Clark Howard  story (one episode)
W.W. Jacobs  story (one episode)
Selwyn Jepson  story (one episode)
Veronica Parker Johns  story (one episode)
Henry Kane  story (2 episodes)
Roland Kibbee  story (one episode)
Hilda Lawrence  story (one episode)
Richard Levinson  story (one episode)
William Link  story (one episode)
Marie Belloc Lowndes  story (one episode)
John D. MacDonald  story (one episode)
Margaret Manners  story (one episode)
Max Marquis  story (one episode)
André Maurois  story (one episode)
Margaret Millar  story (one episode)
Emily Neff  story (one episode)
Helen Nielsen  story (one episode)
V.S. Pritchett  story (one episode)
Jack Ritchie  story (2 episodes)
Samuel Rogers  story (one episode)
Arthur A. Ross  story (one episode)
Sidney Rowland  story (one episode)
Mann Rubin  story (one episode)
Charles Runyon  story (one episode)
Henry Slesar  story (7 episodes)
Boris Sobelman  story (one episode)
Julian Symons  story (one episode)
Robert Twohy  story (one episode)
Gabrielle Upton  story (one episode)
Douglas Warner  story (one episode)
H.G. Wells  story (one episode)
Hugh Wheeler  story (one episode) (as Patrick Quentin)
Ethel Lina White  story (one episode)
Paul Winterton  story (2 episodes) (as Andrew Garve)
Cornell Woolrich  story (one episode)
John Wyndham  story (one episode)
James Yaffe  story (one episode)

Film Editing by
David J. O'Connell 
Sound Department
John C. Grubb .... sound
Ronnie Rondell Jr. .... stunts
Production CompaniesDistributors

Additional Details

60 min
Aspect Ratio:
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6 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
Richard Basehart and Lola Albright, 19 February 2012
Author: kevin olzak ( from Youngstown, Ohio

"The Black Curtain" is an intriguing Cornell Woolrich adaptation featuring Richard Basehart as the victim of an attempted mugging who comes to believing himself to be Phil Townsend, a bridegroom on his way to his wedding, at 1:00 in the morning. A helpful cab driver (Harold J. Stone) helps him track down his fiancée (Gail Kobe), who reveals that she has been married for three years to the same private detective she'd hired to find him. Phil now must piece together the events of the past three years, discovering the one person who knows his new identity, Ruth (Lola Albright), who tells him he is David Webber, a bodyguard for her wealthy uncle, and murder suspect in a woman's death. Richard Basehart was best remembered for his starring role on Irwin Allen's television series based on his own 1961 feature, "Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea." James Farentino plays a blackmailing thug, Frank Sully a drunk, and Celia Lovsky a landlady.

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