A mystery writer named Michael Barnes is accused of causing a fatal motorcycle accident with his car. The eyewitnesses prove less than reliable, however, when he defends himself in court ... See full summary »

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Michael Barnes
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Jerry O'Hara
Evans Evans ...
Penny Sanford
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Malcolm Stuart
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Colonel Hoey
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Richard Anderson
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Lt. Sweet
William Newell ...
Sam Peterson
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Judge Neilson
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Judge Martin
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George Peabody
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The Police Sergeant
Maurice Manson ...
The Doctor
Kenneth Harp ...
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A mystery writer named Michael Barnes is accused of causing a fatal motorcycle accident with his car. The eyewitnesses prove less than reliable, however, when he defends himself in court and shreds their testimony by demonstrating that in each case the witnesses saw only what they wanted to see rather than the actual truth. Finally, George Peabody is called in as a witness. He was the only one who really saw the whole thing. This episode marked Alfred Hitchcock's last directorial effort for television. Written by alfiehitchie

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11 October 1962 (USA)  »

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The only hour that Hitchcock himself directed
7 November 2011 | by (Youngstown,Ohio) – See all my reviews

"I Saw the Whole Thing" was only the fourth episode of THE ALFRED HITCHCOCK HOUR, and, incredibly, the only one directed by Hitch himself. Then best known for BACHELOR FATHER, John Forsythe stars as crime author Michael Barnes, who turns himself in the morning after a hit-and-run accident at a busy intersection involving a motorcyclist who suffers a concussion and some broken bones. Deciding to represent himself, Barnes is greatly concerned about his pregnant wife, hospitalized for the duration of the trial and unaware of his plight, which grows even more perilous when it begins with the sad news that the victim has succumbed to his injuries. There are a multitude of eyewitnesses who all claim "I saw the whole thing," but under insightful questioning from Barnes prove to be not entirely reliable, except for one motorist (John Fiedler) whose insistent testimony cannot be shaken. Like the best episodes, there is a final twist that makes a great show truly unforgettable. Forsythe was a fine choice for the role, never losing audience sympathy no matter the difficulty he puts himself through. Willis Bouchey plays the presiding judge, John Zaremba is the prosecutor, and Kent Smith plays Barnes' friend and confidant.


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