The Alfred Hitchcock Hour: Season 1, Episode 25

The Long Silence (22 Mar. 1963)

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A paralyzed woman is terrified her husband will learn she is recovering.

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Ralph Manson
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Nora Cory Manson
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George Cory (as James McMullan)
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Jean Dekker
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Dr. Babcock
Connie Gilchrist ...
Emma
Claude Stroud ...
Edgar Ogden
Rees Vaughn ...
Robbie Cory
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"Let's keep it within the family" instructs Mr. Manson, after an audit reveals $200,000 embezzled from the family bank he married into. The money was pilfered from accounts of his stepson Robbie, the bank loan officer, who's missing. Late that night, Robbie returns to the Manson family mansion, just as Manson is fleeing with a packed suitcase. Robbie holds a bag too, filled with documents from out-of-town which prove Manson stole the money. When Robbie refuses to let him get away, Manson clamps his hand over Robbie's mouth, begging him to listen. Robbie suffocates, so Manson doctors the crime scene to look like a suicide by hanging. Manson's typing a fake suicide note awakens Robbie's mother, who accuses her husband of killing Robbie. Manson shoves her down a staircase, bringing everyone else running. She lives, paralyzed, unable to speak. Everyone hopes she'll recover, except Manson, who stays by her side. Written by David Stevens

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very well-done drama
27 August 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This episode of Alfred Hitchcok Hour reminded me of one of his earliest half-hour shows, starring Joseph Cotton, first telecast in 1955. I recommend that to anyone who wants to see this episode as well. "The Long Silence" stars Phyllis Thaxter as a woman who discovers a body that her husband has set up to look like a suicide. Yet she suspects him of homicide. The husband, played by Michael Rennie, is a cad; he has stolen money from her, and, in his panic, pushes her down the stairs. She is paralyzed. Although she is unable to do much, she still has her sight, and, just as importantly, her mind. As her husband's attempts at deception continue, she is faced with two fears. One is that she will not remember what happened, and the other is if she does remember, that she will not be able to protect herself because of her limited mobility. This is truly an episode to be seen, as things slowly come to a head. Thaxter gives a great performance in a challenging role. She is ably assisted by a stellar cast. An 8 of 10.


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