Alfred Hitchcock Presents: Season 2, Episode 39

The Dangerous People (23 Jun. 1957)

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Two men wait at a train station. A wailing siren periodically reminds them that a maniac has escaped from the local mental hospital.

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Two men wait at a train station. One is an accountant. The other is a lawyer. A siren wails periodically. It seems a maniac has escaped from the local mental hospital. The police haven't caught him yet. So, who knows if the maniac will come charging into the waiting room? In fact, who knows if he isn't already there? Written by J. Spurlin

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[first lines]
Bellefontaine: Oh, hello.
Jones: Hello.
Bellefontaine: [voice-over] It was foolish to hurry so. What's the matter with me? Now I'm out of breath. I'll stay here a minute to get my breath, or else he'll ask what's the matter, and I'll tell him it's asthma, and he'll tell me about how his wife had asthma, or his boss, or his cousin Wilbur.
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7 November 2012 | by (Denmark) – See all my reviews

Two strangers in a train station waiting room. It's a cold night, and neither of them are quite content to be there. The periodical wailing of the siren refuses to let them forget: a maniac has escaped the local mental hospital. How long before he comes in? Or, even worse, since he may have killed someone and taken their clothes... maybe he's already here, one of the two men? This is what Hitchcock stood for... the simple premise with several elements(the heater and the poker are used marvelously) that are then used to create tension, and it builds throughout until it reaches fever pitch. In the audio landscape, there is also the seemingly incessant clicking of a telegraph - music is only sparsely used, its effect thus increased. The use of voice-over to allow us to "hear thoughts" highlights the paranoia, in addition to telling us exactly how far it has progressed, how fearful one of them is. Characterization is careful to provide just enough that you feel like you know anything about them, without giving so much that you completely trust them. The acting is fantastic and serves aforementioned purpose well. I recommend this to any fan of the master of suspense. 8/10


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