The Alfred Hitchcock Hour: Season 1, Episode 5

Captive Audience (18 Oct. 1962)

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A mystery novelist sends a series of weird audiotapes to his publisher. On the first tape, the author boasts that the publisher won't be able to discern if the story he narrates is the ... See full summary »

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Himself - Host
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Warren Barrow
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Janet West
Arnold Moss ...
Victor Hartman
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Tom Keller
Roland Winters ...
Ivar West
Sara Shane ...
Helen Barrow (as Sarah Shane)
Bart Burns ...
Summers
Geraldine Wall ...
Mrs. Hurley
Renee Godfrey ...
Hartman's Secretary
Don Matheson ...
Jack Pierson
Cosmo Sardo ...
The Croupier
Barbara Dane ...
The Folk Singer
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A mystery novelist sends a series of weird audiotapes to his publisher. On the first tape, the author boasts that the publisher won't be able to discern if the story he narrates is the history of an imminent murder - or a mere fantasy. The author tells of his brief marriage ending when his wife was killed after he lost control of their car. They were kissing, making up after an argument over his wife's staying out all night with a rich old man, the same evening the author was briefly with the man's alluring, young wife Janet. Janet made a pass at the author, who immediately cut the evening short. The author says he fell into a severe depression, declined a needed brain operation, moved from France to San Francisco where he changed his name, then became a mystery writer. The tapes relate how the author eventually ran into Janet , and though she's still married, dived into an affair. When she and the author begin to plan her husband's murder, the publisher calls in another of his ... Written by David Stevens

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Don Matheson's first ever appearance in television or films. See more »

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When Barrow's Band-Aid is noticed, he says of the supposedly fictional would-be killer, "He cut it on the safety catch of his revolver." But we saw in previous scenes that the weapon was an automatic pistol, not a revolver. See more »

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Written by Diane Hildebrand and Dominic Frontiere
Performed by Barbara Dane
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'The Hitchcock Hour' goes James M. Cain style
11 August 2014 | by (Greece) – See all my reviews

And yet another 'goodie' from the great host of that great crime serial

  • with a touch of Noir, like so many times, and more concretely a touch


of James M. Cain's fabulous crime-and-passion novels. In fact, it IS set in the detective fiction writers' milieu, enthralling the 'captive audience' (which means not only us, but also his publisher and a young colleague, to whom he sends the tapes describing his... story...) very cleverly in a series of flashbacks, making us believe that we're in for a similar story as "The Postman Always Rings Twice" or "Double Indemnity" - but at some point (as Hitchcock's stories usually do), the plot takes an entirely different turn...

The cast is excellent, too: James Mason as passionate as I've VERY rarely seen him, and young Angie Dickinson as the quintessential femme fatale; BUT if you want to find out about the outcome of their 'fatal affair' - see for yourself! Because we must NEVER give away the ending of a Hitchcock thriller, as we all know...


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