The Alfred Hitchcock Hour: Season 1, Episode 3

Night of the Owl (4 Oct. 1962)

TV Episode  |  TV-PG  |   |  Crime, Drama, Mystery
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A blackmailer threatens to reveal some horrific information to an adopted teen girl about her real parents, unless her stepfather pays him off.



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Episode cast overview:
Himself - Host
Jim Mallory
Patricia Breslin ...
Linda Mallory
Philip Coolidge ...
Lt. Ames
Capt. Garner
Ben Kaylor
Terry Ann Ross ...
Claudia Cravey ...
Anne Mallory


A discharged schoolteacher desperate for cash blackmails a happy family. He knows that their youngest daughter is adopted, & comes from a tragic background - her father killed her mother, then himself. The middle-aged couple love raising their daughters in the picturesque Appalachin mountains. The husband, a forest ranger, wants to shield the daughter from taunts and gossip. The smarmy blackmailer keeps coming back for more, so the husband mulls other options and their consequences. Then the blackmailer's accomplice is found murdered deep in the pines. Written by David Stevens

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4 October 1962 (USA)  »

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Brian Keith and Patricia Breslin
10 February 2012 | by (Youngstown,Ohio) – See all my reviews

"Night of the Owl," an early Hitchcock hour, toplines Brian Keith as rugged forest ranger Jim Mallory, whose idyllic family is disrupted by the arrival of a mysterious stranger posing as a reverend (Philip Coolidge), who reveals that he and his partner are aware that the Mallorys adopted their eldest daughter, whose real father had ax murdered her mother before hanging himself in prison. The two blackmailers demand 6000 dollars in return for their silence, but things do not go as planned. Both Patricia Breslin ("Homicidal" and "I Saw What You Did"), as Mallory's wife, and blackmailer Philip Coolidge ("The Tingler") were veterans of William Castle fright films. Patricia Breslin soon gave up acting, and later married Cleveland Browns owner Art Modell, with whom she remained for 42 happy years.

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