Alfred Hitchcock Presents: Season 3, Episode 5

Silent Witness (3 Nov. 1957)

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A professor kills the beautiful blackmailing female student he has been having a sexual affair with, in front of a baby.

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Don Taylor ...
Prof. Donald Mason
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Claudia Powell
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Nancy Mason (as Pat Hitchcock)
Harry Bellaver ...
Police Sgt. Waggoner
Mercedes Shirley ...
Mrs. Davidson
William Boyett ...
Capt. Davidson
Theodora Davitt ...
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Donald Mason is a married professor who wants to end a romance with one of his students. He stops by while she is babysitting. He tries to end the relationship, but she threatens to expose him. He kills her and leaves a witness: the screaming baby she was watching. Later, Mason runs into the infant in a carriage on the street. At the sight of him the baby screams and cries. Haunted by the child's screams, Mason gives himself up. Later, however, he discovers that the baby has only been around women his entire life. It screams whenever any man comes near. Written by Anonymous

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Could This Guy Be any Dumber?
21 June 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I was fine with the two-timing professor and his little sociopath student fling. This story has been told a million times. The murder is certainly a solution since he has done everything he can to get his sorry butt out of this situation. He would have been a suspect (he had contact with the girl; she was next door when it happened) regardless of his stupid belief that the baby would turn him in once she started talking. There's an old joke about people who were taking French lessons so they would be able to understand their adopted French baby when she began to talk. When the investigator plants the absurd seed that the observances of an infant can be absorbed and articulated have no basis in any science that I know. What does the guy plan. Is he going to strangle the baby or poison it? He almost gets caught on the neighbor's porch, hovering over the child. I'm sorry. This is one of those episodes where the writer must have turned in his manuscript after thinking things over for a total of five minutes.


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