Alfred Hitchcock Presents: Season 5, Episode 22

Across the Threshold (28 Feb. 1960)

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Sofie Winter hires mediums in an attempt to contact her late husband, who died six years previously. Her son Hubert, who feels somewhat overwhelmed by his doting mother, decides to ask his ... See full summary »

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Sofie Winter hires mediums in an attempt to contact her late husband, who died six years previously. Her son Hubert, who feels somewhat overwhelmed by his doting mother, decides to ask his actress-girlfriend to impersonate a medium and she convinces Sofie that her husband misses her and the time has come for her to join him. Sofie meticulously plans her departure and on what is intended to be her final evening, lets her son in on the final elements of her plan. Written by garykmcd

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Alfred Hitchcock Presents: ACROSS THE THRESHOLD (Arthur Hiller, 1960) **1/2
23 January 2010 | by (Naxxar, Malta) – See all my reviews

Despite the episode's mystical subject (a theme it shares with The Master Of Suspense's own last feature, FAMILY PLOT [1976]), the link to the horror genre is pretty tenuous and the end result merely adequate. An elderly woman (Patricia Colinge) obsessed with contacting her dead husband gets a chance when her son (George Grizzard) convinces an old flame (an actress, played by Barbara Baxley) to pose as a medium. He actually intends to have his possessive mother kill herself so that he can be free but his ex-girlfriend does not go along with his plan…while the old woman has her own idea of how her afterlife should be. As with most entries in the series, the ending provides a satisfying (if, in this case, predictable) twist.


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