The Alfred Hitchcock Hour: Season 2, Episode 26

Ten Minutes from Now (1 May 1964)

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The Commissioner of Recreation & Parks receives three life-threatening letters in one week, complaining about the method by which art is selected for museum display. When James Bellington ... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Himself - Host
James Bellington
Lou Jacobi ...
Dr. Glover
Lonny Chapman ...
Lt. Wymar
Neile Adams ...
Sgt. Louise Marklen
Policeman #1
Sandra Gould ...
Park Commission Secretary
Betty Harford ...
Woman in Museum
Edward Mallory ...
Jess Kirkpatrick ...
Thomas Grindley
Tony Franke ...
The Messenger
Syl Lamont ...
The Museum Guide
Vince Williams ...
Harold Ayer ...
Hardware Salesman
Hinton Pope ...
The 1st Bomb Squad Man


The Commissioner of Recreation & Parks receives three life-threatening letters in one week, complaining about the method by which art is selected for museum display. When James Bellington enters City Hall with a breadbox-sized package and runs from a lobby policeman, he is apprehended, but the parcel only contains an alarm clock. Bellington is sent to Dr. Glover, a psychiatrist, who labels him a paranoid with homicidal or suicidal tendencies. Bellington delivers two shoeboxes to the art museum, but shows the bomb squad that they only contain art supplies. In a bistro, he tells an undercover policewoman that he plans to bring a dangerous device to the museum. When he arrives with his finger on a button atop a box possibly filled with explosive, police clear the museum. Then Bellington rendezvous with his confederates, art thieves, who have already replaced five paintings with his forgeries. Written by Lew Amack

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1 May 1964 (USA)  »

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The painting they show being stolen is "The Concert" by Johannes Vermeer. This painting was subsequently stolen in real life from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston in 1990, and still has not been recovered to this day. See more »


James Bellington: Is a visit to a public servant now considered a criminal offense?
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Intelligent story hidden inside of a simple crime angle
21 March 2014 | by (Miami, FL) – See all my reviews

I am absolutely mad about this character that Donnelly is playing.

There is something so intelligent about his approach to his protest that it hearkens back to an innocent time - which could have only occurred precisely in this post-beatnik/pre-hard-rock era. A time when protest of an artistic nature was pure and trying to find itself, believing in itself wholeheartedly as a statement of artistic uniqueness. I am not sure if anyone who reads this might understand from what perspective I am writing. It is not a commonplace area of television content.

Another reviewer sensed the frustrated and wayward loner in the main protagonist. I did, too. The protagonist feels he can outwit the authorities with his clever cat-and-mouse game. He has a point to make, even as he mouths it, we know his frustration is greater than one from the average person. He feels above the fray and beyond the comprehension of those who surround him. But we who are drawn in to this characterization must prepare to be turned inside out...because...

The story has a twist...and we are the ultimate winners in this insightful and unusual episode.

Played so deftly by Donnelly Rhodes...

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