Alfred Hitchcock Presents: Season 4, Episode 29

Banquo's Chair (3 May 1959)

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John Bedford is suspected of being the murderer of his wealthy aunt, Miss Ferguson, but the police are unable to break his alibi. Now, exactly two years after the crime, a retired Scotland ... See full summary »

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John Bedford is suspected of being the murderer of his wealthy aunt, Miss Ferguson, but the police are unable to break his alibi. Now, exactly two years after the crime, a retired Scotland Yard investigator named William Brent, puts together a plan that he hopes will make the nephew confess. Brent invites the young man to a dinner in the home that once belonged to the late aunt, and secretly hires an actress to pretend to be the ghost of the dead woman. Everyone at the dinner is in on the scheme, and when the apparition appears, no one claims to see anything - but Bedford, that is. Written by alfiehitchie

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Thud!
17 May 2014 | by (Claremont,USA) – See all my reviews

It's hard to believe that Hitchcock himself directed this turkey. There's no flair here at all, just 30 minutes of very British palaver, with a climax more limp than scary or ironical. The trap retired Scotland Yard detective John Williams sets at a dinner party for a suspected murderer lacks suspense, wit, or even interest, while the apparition's ghostly appearance suggests something more like gastric distress than an intrusion of the supernatural. The only real suspense is why the esteemed director chose to film this unpromising material in the first place-- probably a good excuse to get together with some of his British buddies. Advice to the viewer-- skip it.


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