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
Park Commission Secretary
Betty Harford ...
Woman in Museum
Edward Mallory ...
The Thief
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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Donnelly Rhodes and Lou Jacobi
28 April 2012 | by (Youngstown,Ohio) – See all my reviews

"Ten Minutes from Now" benefits from a climactic twist that makes up for its sluggish pace. Donnelly Rhodes features as starving artist James Bellington, who is suspected of sending threatening letters to the parks commissioner, and gets caught carrying a suspicious shoebox containing the sound of ticking. Revealed to be a false alarm, Bellington is interrogated by a psychiatrist (Lou Jacobi), on behalf of the harried police lieutenant (Lonny Chapman), who believes that the man is insane, and might either commit murder or suicide in the coming days. Even an undercover policewoman (Neile Adams) cannot prevent Bellington from continuing to taunt the authorities with phony bomb threats, until he finally takes refuge in a museum full of priceless art, threatening to blow up the building 'ten minutes from now.' Donnelly Rhodes became best known for his role as Dutch on SOAP, from 1978-1981, appearing in a later HITCHCOCK, "The Trap." Neile Adams had only two dozen credits, occasionally opposite her husband of 16 years, Steve McQueen. The most pleasant surprise is the unbilled appearance of a smiling David Carradine, 27 years old, and in just his second year on television (he too appeared in a later HITCHCOCK, "Thou Still Unravished Bride").

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