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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Ed: I'm working on a theory... only thing those two victims had in common was that they were alone at night, and they were both blonde.
[looks at Steve]
Ed: What's the matter, Steve?
Steve Grant: I was just thinking... Ellen's all alone, and she's blonde.
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Was That Joe the Plumber?
30 October 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Sometimes this offering is hard to watch because of the frantic, neurotic presence of the principle character. We know that there has been a silent killer around, so we're immediately aware that this guy is going to make his presence known at some point. The director does a good job of presenting us with a host of possible killers while keeping the tension up. Even the lady across the hall is a true virago who passes judgment on any woman who gets killed. She feels that if you get yourself killed, you probably deserved it. I alway wonder why people can be so careful on the one hand and so stupid on the other. Also, the husband must a long suffering type who puts up with his wife's problems. I guess we all know what is going to happen and wait to watch it. There are so many who come and go in the apartment that the security is worthless. There's that funny little man with the whiny voice, the jilted boyfriend, the man at the hardware store, the man at the shoe repair shop. It builds suspense nicely.


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