The Alfred Hitchcock Hour: Season 1, Episode 19

To Catch a Butterfly (1 Feb. 1963)

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At first, a childless young couple (Diana Hyland, Bradford Dillman) are thrilled to relocate for the husband's new executive job, and especially happy with their new home. Is the next-door ... See full summary »

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Bill Nelson
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Janet Nelson
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Jack Stander
June Dayton ...
Barbara Stander
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Clegg Hoyt ...
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At first, a childless young couple (Diana Hyland, Bradford Dillman) are thrilled to relocate for the husband's new executive job, and especially happy with their new home. Is the next-door neighbor boy's cruelty to them just a youngster rebelling against his blue-collar, strict father (Ed Asner) ? The husband's empathy for the boy drives a dangerous wedge into their marriage. Written by David Stevens

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Great, unsettling episode
27 December 2012 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

Ever wonder what it was like when Lou Grant got home after he finished up at the TV station? This episode may have the answer because a young Ed Asner plays the neighbor here, and his kid has some problems.

This one has so much packed into 50 minutes, first and foremost a strange and apparently mean little boy next door (the aforementioned child of Asner's character). A young married couple moves to a great new house, while trying to figure out where they fit in the world. The husband specifically has trouble deciding what it is means to be a man. What is most important, job, husband, dad.....

Each of the characters here is wrestling with demons that are hidden, sometimes not so well, beneath the surface of a quaint, suburban baby boom household. The Hitchcockian thriller of a story blends all the elements together for a very entertaining entry to this series. Highly recommended even casual fans of this show.


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