The Alfred Hitchcock Hour: Season 1, Episode 2

Don't Look Behind You (27 Sep. 1962)

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Some unknown person is brutally attacking women in a small college town, and a host of weird staff members are suspects.

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Episode cast overview:
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Himself - Host
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Harold
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Daphne
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Dr. MacFarlane
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Dave Fulton
Alf Kjellin ...
Edwin Volck
Mary Scott ...
Wanda Hatfield
Madge Kennedy ...
Mrs. MacFarlane
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Paul Hatfield
Clancy Cooper ...
The Police Lieutenant
Suzanne Noel ...
The Woman (as Suzanne Noël)
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In the insular world of a small college, someone is attacking women in a nearby woods. A group of faculty aridly mull the situation at their regular cocktail parties. Is one of the men the attacker, is the group's beautiful Daphne being lined up as a victim? Written by David Stevens

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Moonlight Sonata
Written by Ludwig van Beethoven
Daphne names the piece played on the piano by Dave.
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well done, horror episode
17 August 2013 | by (French Polynesia) – See all my reviews

Here is a spoiler free review of a very well done episode.

It works almost perfectly except for almost getting a bit silly near the end in the staging of a fight sequence. Otherwise this is top drawer stuff. It re-teams the writer and director of the first and best remake of Hitchcock's first silent film hit THE LODGER. Both of them do good work here with moody and dramatic--not overdone melodrama--writing and photography. There are several memorable images and must rank among the best work director Brahm did for the Hithcock hour episodes. The whole show has a brooding and haunting quality.

The musings on the morbid obsessive psychology of killers is quite effective and the casting and acting of Jeffrey Hunter and Dick Saegent really work. The whole point to a story like this is to present all the possible suspects, among those, in another rare thing, is frequent Hitchcock TV director Alf Kejllen as the piano player. He is also very good. All these possible heroes or villains are well written and performed. We see what's creepy and what's sympathetic in each of them as they all try for the love of the leading lady and make us wonder, is this the killer?

The score to the episode by Lyn Murray is excellent and uses the source music of the piano the creepy effect especially at the end. Hunter gets a rare chance here to show his dark side as an actor and does so to good effect. Warren, the director of photography, really does excellent feature-level quality photography capturing blacks but still the glints in peoples eyes.

The show moves quickly and features Hithcock and lovely assistant in a wraparound about magic.

Well done episode regardless of the other interesting and usual aspects and credits of its cast and creators, which to me adds even more interest and quality to it.

One of the top episodes of the series of its type.


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