Alfred Hitchcock Presents: Season 1, Episode 38

The Creeper (17 Jun. 1956)

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A frightened housewife is alone in her apartment building when she begins to suspect just about anyone could be the unknown killer who has been strangling women.

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Ellen and Steve live in a New York neighborhood that is being terrorized by a strangler known only as the Creeper. When Steve leaves on a business trip, Ellen becomes increasingly paranoid - especially after her neighbour is murdered and her house keys disappear. Written by Chocklit

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Desperate Housewives, Hitchcock Style
15 September 2006 | by (Claremont,USA) – See all my reviews

Better than average Hitchcock fare. A maniacal killer is stalking a blue-collar neighborhood for female victims.

The plot may creak a bit, but the performances are outstanding, while the director keeps the suspense on high throughout. It's a nail-biter all the way, with a chance to watch one of the fine, unsung actresses of that era, Constance Ford as the housewife. Her emotional breakdown is so persuasive, it threatens to overpower the story itself. Also, the familiar Harry Towne delivers an amazingly nuanced turn as the eccentric lecher-- watch the subtle array of facial expressions as he goes through various moods. It's really quite extraordinary for series TV of the 1950's. Also notable for the colorful presence of Reta Shaw (landlady) and Percy Helton (handiman) in supporting roles. The ending too, is both ironic and well thought-out. Anyway, this one made a lasting impression on me as a kid, and still packs a considerable punch.


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