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The Greatest Monster of Them All 

Hal is a producer of cheap horror films. He decides to cast has-been actor Ernst von Croft in his next movie, a cheap vampire film for the teenage market. von Croft was once billed as the ... See full summary »

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Hal is a producer of cheap horror films. He decides to cast has-been actor Ernst von Croft in his next movie, a cheap vampire film for the teenage market. von Croft was once billed as the Greatest Monster of them All and sees this as his great comeback, but when he sees the final product, he's the one who's horrified. Written by garykmcd

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14 February 1961 (USA)  »

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Alfred Hitchcock - Host: Tonight's story is entitled "The Greatest Monster of Them All", which certainly should be a cue for the sponsor to speak up.
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Story May Have Been Inspired by Truth
30 April 2015 | by See all my reviews

This episode seems to have been greatly influenced by the real life experience of actor Bela Lugosi, who was befriended late in life by the legendarily bad director Ed Wood Jr. In particular, the scene where the young screenwriter visits the actor in his apartment which is crammed with souvenirs from his career in horror films resembles scenes in Tim Burton's 1994 movie Ed Wood, which recounted the friendship of the two men.

There is reason to suppose that the staff of Alfred Hitchcock Presents was familiar with Wood, and with the second of his two films to feature Lugosi, Plan 9 from Outer Space. Episode 8 of the 1960-61 season of Alfred Hitchcock Presents, entitled O Youth and Beauty, featured a scene where the hero, Gary Merrill, is at his country club. Two of the other club members are Dudley Manlove and John Breckenridge. These actors played the two male space aliens in Plan 9. Breckenridge's appearance here was possibly his only television role. Interestingly, I have twice seen these episodes run back-to-back on television, once on a Kansas City station and once on a station in St. Louis.


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