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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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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"The Belfry" is hiding a maniacal killer
1 February 2008 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

Against typecasting, Jack Mullaney plays a country bumpkin turned psychotic named Clint Ringle who impulsively murders the rival for his girlfriend's affections. Hitchcock's daughter (Patricia) plays Mullaney's erstwhile love interest (Ellie Marsh) and she also happens to be the local schoolmarm. Mullaney is able to escape justice by conveniently hiding in the belfry of Ms. Hitchcock's school, but he's far from satisfied with one death. His intent now is to kill his poor unsuspecting former girlfriend for her supposed duplicity. Safely ensconced in the belfry, Mullaney imagination takes hold and his evil and demented thoughts are conveyed to the audience (similar to Anthony Perkins in "Psycho"). His original "act of passion" merely disguised his twisted and mentally deranged mind.

Hitchcock had an affinity for locating many episodes of his series out in the boondocks and inhabited them with simple but devious characters. It was his way of telling the viewing audience that escaping to the countryside wasn't all that it was cracked up to be. He also used his daughter Patricia on occasion and she gives an exceptional performance in this suspenseful entry. Mullaney, usually fitted for "nice guy" roles, plays the killer (Ringle) for all it's worth. Needless to say, justice "rings" its tune for poor Jack.

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