Alfred Hitchcock Presents: Season 3, Episode 32

Listen, Listen.....! (11 May 1958)

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No one will listen to a mild-mannered man's theory about a string of local murders.

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Himself - Host
Edgar Stehli ...
Herbert Johnson
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Police Lt. King
Dayton Lummis ...
Police Sgt. Oliver
Baynes Barron ...
Charlie. Bartender
Robert Herrman ...
Mr. Beekman. Journalist
Jackie Loughery ...
Slats
Rusty Lane ...
Father Rafferty
Edith Evanson ...
Mrs. Johnson
Kitty Kelly ...
Miss Andrews
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Ads in press receptionist (as Rad Fulton)
Elsie Baker ...
Woman church goer
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No one wants to listen to a polite, but persistent elderly man, Mr. Johnson, who has a strange theory about the recent "stocking murders" of three young women. His theory? That the third murder was committed by a copycat killer. First the old man, arming himself with a phony name, goes to the police, getting an audience with the very lieutenant who led the investigation, and the lieutenant dismisses his theory, but not before briefly conceding the point that the prime suspect, already in custody, confessed to only two of the three murders (having nothing to lose, it would seem, by confessing to the third). Next, Mr. Johnson, using another alias, seeks and finds a newspaper reporter, who is boozing it up with a floozy - by chance, the very reporter who covered the story, and Mr. Johnson and his ideas are not only dismissed once again, but the condescending bartender practically throws the old man out the door. Finally, at wit's end, Mr. Johnson, no longer hiding behind a false name, ... Written by Richard S. Peltz

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They Got the Killer!
8 June 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is the Cassandra plot. The old man has the information but won't be believed. He goes to every possible end to convince anyone who will listen to him that they have the wrong man, a person who uses scarves to strangle his victims. Most of the episode has him encountering one disinterested authority figure after another, from police to reporter to priest. We have the element of dramatic irony on our side, but the writer has a surprise for us. Now the question remains: How much is the old guy willing to give up if the real killer is found. This is a passable episode with interesting questions. It does portray those in authority to be incredibly shortsighted and dense. On the other hand, he is an emotional old guy whose track record isn't that great.


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