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 ...
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Mercedes Shirley ...
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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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But She Smiles So Sweetly
5 May 2009 | by (Claremont,USA) – See all my reviews

The plot device here seems pretty far-fetched—that a baby would be able to articulate what it had seen before it learned to talk or that crying in the presence of the culprit (Taylor) would necessarily tip off his guilt. If you can get past those stretches, the episode has some interest. Tall, handsome Don Taylor is a college professor with a rather dowdy wife Pat Hitchcock, so it's not surprising that he hooks up with winsome young student Dolores Hart. The trouble is Hart's not content with after-school playtime and wants to become the new Mrs. in Taylor's life. That of course would ruin his career. So, this being Hitchcock, Taylor takes a rather un-professorial way out by wringing Dolores' lovely neck. Too bad there is a witness.

Actually, my interest was sparked by seeing professional good girl Hart in what may be her only villainous role before eventually leaving Hollywood to become a real professional good girl, a Catholic nun! There's a reason producers paired the then controversial Elvis with Ms. Hart in two of his first starring roles (Loving You, 1957; King Creole, 1958). Few young actresses of the day were able to project the sweet, unforced wholesomeness that she could. She made Elvis appear available to any girl in the audience, and more importantly, in a way parents would approve. Thus, seeing her here smiling sweetly while threatening to ruin Taylor's career is like seeing Mary Poppins shake-down a sidewalk Santa. But she does it well, looking wholesomely innocent the entire time. Somehow, I suspect she enjoyed the departure.


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