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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Jack Mullaney ...
Clint Ringle
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Ellie Marsh (as Pat Hitchcock)
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The Sheriff
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Local Citizen (as Horst Ehrhardt)
Jim Hayward ...
Preacher
Ralph Moody ...
Local Citizen
John Compton ...
Walt Norton
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Elmer
David Saber ...
Albert Grinstead
Rudy Lee ...
Luke
Kathleen Hartnagel ...
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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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Clint Ringle is standing in his shack when he hears the baying of bloodhounds, which signifies an approaching search party. However, when the search party comes into view, there are no accompanying dogs. See more »

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Oh My Darling, Clementine
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Written by Percy Montrose
Whistled by the Sheriff
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An Excellent Short Thriller Filled With Suspense
20 March 2006 | by (Ohio) – See all my reviews

This episode of "Alfred Hitchcock Presents" is an excellent short thriller filled with suspense. The direction by Herschel Daugherty, who went on to direct a good number of episodes in the series, is worthy of Hitchcock himself, and Allan Vaughan Elston's story is adapted very nicely to the half-hour television format by one of the show's regular scriptwriters.

Pat Hitchcock is well-cast as a country schoolteacher, but Jack Mullaney is the star of the episode, as her violently disappointed suitor. The story follows Mullaney's character as he flees from justice by hiding in a bell tower, and Mullaney really makes the character come alive, giving him a childlike personality combined with a vengeful anger and a certain animal cunning. His mannerisms and facial expressions help to create an unusual and unsettling character.

There are a lot of nice touches that build up the tension, and it works very well in combining anxiety for the schoolteacher with an interest in whether or not the fugitive will be discovered. There are a lot of small details with props or minor actions that are used resourcefully to add to the suspense. The sets, particularly Mullaney's tiny hideout, are straightforward, but they are nicely designed and quite effective. The whole episode is of high quality.


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