The Alfred Hitchcock Hour: Season 3, Episode 22

Thou Still Unravished Bride (22 Mar. 1965)

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Tommy Bonn returns to London amidst a pleasure cruise, during which he met his American fiancée, Sally Benner. On the Soho riverfront, his Scotland Yard colleague, Stephen, shows him the ... See full summary »

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
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Himself - Host
Ron Randell ...
Tommy Bonn
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Edward Clarke
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Sally Benner
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Stephen Leslie
Kent Smith ...
Mr. Benner
Edith Atwater ...
Mrs. Benner
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Mrs. Essie Setlin
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Mr. Setlin
Ben Wright ...
Mr. Sutherland
Richard Lupino ...
Guerny, Jr.
Betty Harford ...
The Woman
Victor Rogers ...
Bobbie
George Pelling ...
Sergeant
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Elliott Setlin
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Tommy Bonn returns to London amidst a pleasure cruise, during which he met his American fiancée, Sally Benner. On the Soho riverfront, his Scotland Yard colleague, Stephen, shows him the latest victim in a series of four silk stocking strangulations, all of whom were thirtyish women roaming the streets alone. The wedding guests begin to arrive, beginning with the Setlins, shipboard acquaintances of the Benners, including Elliot Benner, the best man. Although matrimony is only four hours away, Sally insists upon taking a walk to assuage her premarital jitters. First she visits Guerney and Son Chemists to pick up some cosmetics and a candy bar. Guerney Jr. follows her when she leaves the pharmacy and watches as she passes an antique shop followed by a hi-fi store, briefly chats with a streetwalker, then enters Sutherland's Book Shop. Sutherland recites some Keats to her, the first time a customer has asked for a reading in years; then she buys a rare poetry edition. She then goes to a ... Written by Lewis Amack

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'Kent Smith' and Edith Atwater, who played Mr. and Mrs. Benner, were actually husband and wife in real life since 1962 until 1985, Mr. Smiths death. See more »

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Sally Benner: The guidebook says Shelley once walked here.
Woman: Who?
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unconvincing and dull despite 2 future stars
15 August 2013 | by (French Polynesia) – See all my reviews

One of the series few real duds.

There is never a sense of urgency to this episode and much padding. They story means to build tension by cutting from a room of 6 or more people waiting for The Bride, Kellerman, who is out for a walk, to return. But it's just a slog, we keep cutting to and seeing that the Bride is in no danger at all so the 6 people thinking and talking endlessly about how she is, builds no tension at all and this goes on for what feels like half the show! None of the 6 friends and relatives are interesting either they are sort of bores really and one character seems to be set up as a possible oddball murder suspect, but he can't, for various reasons be the serial killer at large, so this is just useless too.

Kellerman does what she can with the role, which is almost nothing and she's too young for the part of a woman almost too old to get married, if we believe what the script tells us. She also has no chemistry with her leading man--who has no chemistry with anyone in the episode either, and she has some preposterous lines talking about her love of "poetry" and being "alone for the last time." Even more strangely, her cop fiancé and his cop partner, seem the least bit interested or concerned about her, even when they finally do go out to look for her. These two characters are really poorly acted and written.

So when the episode is mostly filled with people we don't like or care about being worried about something we know they shouldn't be, and then when the police take over and they don't seem at all in a hurry to save the day or deeply worried.... Why then should the audience give a damn either? You don't.

In fact, none of the actors are convincingly English and not much of it really looks like it takes place in London, which is a big proble. The direction is flat, despite some nice foggy street exteriors. David Carradine is good as a creepo--though as an Enlish creepo? And he should have a had larger role and been introduced sooner. I guess he's sort of "doing" Peter Lorre but he does it well.

The pay off to the episode is botched as well. Nice reuse of Herrmann music adds some tension in a few spots but can't overcome flat direction, performances and slow slow pace.

A few minor comic bits work best, one with real Englishman, who most will recognize and Alfred the Butler from the TV Batman series, and the very good Hitch wrap around, involving a giant suggestion box.


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