A small-town is rocked by a series of murders which begins with the killing of a local farmer's son.



(teleplay), (short story) (as Ellery Queen) | 1 more credit »


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Himself - Host
Susan Marsh
John Cooley
Katherine Squire ...
Mrs. La Font
Peter Whitney ...
Bib Hadley
Frenchy La Font
Curt Conway ...
Dr. Buxton
Gertrude Flynn ...
Flora Sloan
Jim Boles ...
The Grocer
Mayor Sanford Brown (as Harry Harvey Sr.)
Raymond Guth ...
The Farmer
Bryan O'Byrne ...
Mr. Smith
Mrs. Hayes
Hal Bokar ...
The 3rd Man


A small-town is rocked by a series of murders which begins with the killing of a local farmer's son.

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11 October 1963 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Near the beginning, when Sheriff Will Pearce and Susan Marsh are carrying the library books from John Cooley's house to the police car, there are seven books. At the police station, when Susan gets in her car the Sheriff only hands her five books, but when she gets to the library all seven books are carried in. See more »


References The Beverly Hillbillies (1962) See more »

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feels like a feature film
26 June 2013 | by (French Polynesia) – See all my reviews

Very well shot and directed with lots of nice camera moves and murky lighting. Several crane type shots work really well. Remember these were shot in 4 days! The screenplay changes the who-done-it aspect of the original story into suspense and why-done-it? Which is totally in the zone of Hithcocks's own theories of audience involvement. One aspect lost from the original story, in a bad way, has to do with the murder weapon. In the story it was an object that belonged to the dead son. Why that was changed is odd and not as effective. Another thing odd and occasionally effective is the sparse mono thematic low woodwind Herrmann score. He chooses to underline the horror of the story only, which seems it could play on its own. It's perhaps a bit of a missed opportunity as there are a number of characters and elements that could have used musical support especially Armstrong's strong character's religious obsession and performance. Also the music doesn't propel the sense of panic in the town the way it could have. Then again it perhaps make the episode more grim this way. Nice to see Dick York in this he is well cast and does a good job in a straight drama. Many memorable moments in this show. Faihful to the plot but much different in approach and in most ways superior to the Ellery Queen short story it's based on.

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