Alfred Hitchcock Presents: Season 5, Episode 2

The Crystal Trench (4 Oct. 1959)

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An obsessed young woman waits decades for her husband's body to emerge from the ice, after he fell from a mountain.



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Episode cast overview:
Himself - Host
Mark Cavendidge
Patricia Owens ...
Stella Ballister
Mr. Ranks
Ben Astar ...
Swiss Innkeeper
Professor Kersley
Harold Dyrenforth ...
Frederic Blauer (as Harald O. Dyrenforth)
Eileen Anderson
Otto Reichow


Stella Ballister (Patricia Owens) receives the horrifying news that her husband met with an untimely demise while mountain climbing. Newly married, Stella asks for the retrieval of her husband's body - but the task proves impossible when the corpse accidentally falls into a deep crevasse, where no human eyes or hands can reach him. Mark (James Donald), having feelings for Stella, stays by her side, a close friend and nothing more. Forty years later, still trying to get over the news of the accident, Stella learns that the glacier has moved. Hiring a crew to help prospect her husband out of the ice, they find the body preserved and untouched. Stella views the body of her husband one last time. Written by alfiehitchie

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4 October 1959 (USA)  »

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She Meant What She Said
8 June 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Hitchcock's TV show often made me sad. He often had good people victimized by their own goodness and faith. When one becomes so in love and so full hope that he doesn't listen to the advice that we can only change ourselves, not other human beings, he pretty much ends his very life. Throw in the self centered, driven woman who appears on the surface to be a possible mate, and you have the formula for great sadness. There are two elements at work: time and a glacier. By the time they intersect, all that is left is a broken man and a woman who made her intentions known over and over. She never has a clue, however, of the impact on this man. Or did she?

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