Alfred Hitchcock Presents: Season 1, Episode 33

The Belfry (13 May 1956)

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When Clint Ringle learns that Ellie Marsh, the schoolteacher whom he loves, is engaged to Walt Norton, Clint kills Walt and then hides in the schoolhouse's bell tower, waiting for his chance to exact further revenge.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Himself - Host
Jack Mullaney ...
Clint Ringle
Ellie Marsh (as Pat Hitchcock)
The Sheriff
Local Citizen (as Horst Ehrhardt)
Jim Hayward ...
Ralph Moody ...
Local Citizen
John Compton ...
Walt Norton
David Saber ...
Albert Grinstead
Rudy Lee ...
Kathleen Hartnagel ...


Clint is determined to marry Ellie, the county's schoolteacher, and he is building a house for them to live in. But Ellie is not interested, and she tells him that she has just become engaged to another man. Clint is enraged, and when he meets Ellie's fiancé, he kills him with an ax. He decides to hide in the bell tower of Ellie's schoolhouse, since he thinks no one will look for him there. He also likes the idea of being close to Ellie, so that he can have the chance to strike back at her too. Written by Snow Leopard

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13 May 1956 (USA)  »

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The scenes of Clint in the belfry show a large bell hanging at least 12 to 15 inches down into the space, but the final exterior shot reveals a rather small bell that doesn't hang below the top edge. See more »


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Bats in this Belfry!
23 October 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I just couldn't get into this one. It is really over the top with the Southern hick mentality. The guy murders a man right in front of his fiancée. He then takes off, telling her that they will be together in his little love nest. The guy, of course, is a psychotic moron. He ends up hiding in the belfry of the one room school where she is a schoolmarm. He has a tough time when someone rings the bell, but, otherwise, seems perfectly comfortable. Can you say "bathroom"? Of course, people didn't think of this much. There is a place where a softball ends up in the belfry and he is about to ax a young boy. Anyway, we know that at some point he is going to screw. I guess the voice over of his deranged mind got on my nerves. Quasimodo makes a fatal mistake which is what we knew he would do.

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