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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Episode cast overview:
Himself - Host
Ralph Manson
Nora Cory Manson
George Cory (as James McMullan)
Jean Dekker
Dr. Babcock
Connie Gilchrist ...
Claude Stroud ...
Edgar Ogden
Rees Vaughn ...
Robbie Cory


"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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Suspenseful Woman-in-Danger Entry
18 July 2014 | by (Claremont,USA) – See all my reviews

I tuned in to catch that fine actress Phyllis Thaxter. Oddly she doesn't have much to do verbally since her character, Nora, is paralyzed because of unscrupulous husband, Rennie. Still, Thaxter's role requires that she express strong emotion through carefully controlled motions, which she does admirably. Anyway, there's some suspense in how Nora will escape her husband's murderous intent since she's confined to a bed. Because she knows he killed her son Robbie, he has to silence her before she possibly regains memory and speech. Her mental cries (voice-over) for help to the nurse and other son add to the suspense as we suffer with her desperate frustration.

Oddly the aristocratic Rennie as the husband is required to be a rather inept criminal. He goes through a number of emotions not usually seen from such a generally aloof performer. All in all, it's a fairly effective woman-in-danger entry. Plus, it's from the pen of that Twilight Zone favorite, Charles Beaumont.

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