Alfred Hitchcock Presents: Season 2, Episode 13

Mr. Blanchard's Secret (23 Dec. 1956)

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A mystery writer's imagination gets her in trouble when she turns her overstimulated mind to her new next-door neighbors -- and wonders why she has never seen the wife.

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The kooky Babs Fenton's imagination is a great asset when writing murder mysteries. But it does not foster peace and harmony in the home, especially not when she has an unimaginative corporate lawyer for a husband. Her overstimulated mind begins working on her new next-door neighbors, the Blanchards, when she realizes she's never seen Mrs. Blanchard. And Mr. Blanchard seems less than eager for her to pay a call. Has Mr. Blanchard, a high school teacher and former university professor, murdered his wife? Written by J. Spurlin

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When Babs Fenton is on the phone, we see John Fenton lying on the sofa, his left arm leaning against the back of the sofa. In the next shot, he has both hands behind his head. See more »

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Babs Fenton: [voice-over] Poor woman. It's a shame I had to kill her off that way. A psychiatrist would probably say that I had some hidden homicidal tendencies or something. Who knows? If I didn't get it off my chest by writing mystery stories, I might end up by committing a few murders myself. Phew! I'm glad it worked out this way, of course. It's so much healthier. Also, it pays better. Otherwise, I'd say that I was pretty normal. Even though my husband, John, doesn't always agree with me. ...
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some great Hitchcock moments
15 June 2007 | by (Sydney) – See all my reviews

One of the few episodes directed by Alfred Hitchcock. Not one of the most clever of stories but was interesting to see a voyeuristic plot line a few years after he made 'Rear Window'. This episode has Hitchcock's storytelling style written all over it:

1. Classic gag in opening scene, the woman is rattling on like a manic about the neighbors, while husband is lying in bed motionless. She kisses him and he doesn't react. By the end of the scene she leaves the room and we are forced to wonder "is he dead?" Then at the last minute husband snaps up and reveals he was pretending to sleep.

2. Another great moment while she sneaks into neighbors house and is snooping through closet, man walks up behind her. All in one wide shot first we see a hand, then arm, as he walks into view toward us. She doesn't see him yet -- trademark helpless shock moment for the audience, very similar to 'Psycho' shower approach.


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