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The Hands of Mr. Ottermole 

A murderer has been strangling people in the London fog. A reporter manages to continually make it to the crime scene before the police.



(teleplay) (as Francis Cockrell), (story)

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Episode complete credited cast:
Alfred Hitchcock - Host
Sergeant Ottermole
Mr. Summers
Constable Johnson
Charles Davis ...
John Trayne ...
Policeman Peterson
Barry Harvey ...
Whybrow's Nephew
Arthur Gould-Porter ...
Herbert Whybrow (as A.E. Gould-Porter)
Nora O'Mahoney ...
Flower Lady (as Nora O'Mahony)
Nelson Welch ...
Molly Roden ...
(as Mollie Roden)
James McCallion ...
Bartender Ben
Hilda Plowright ...
Mrs. Whybrow
Gerald Hamer ...
Jimmy the Blindman


A murderer has been strangling people in the London fog. A reporter manages to continually make it to the crime scene before the police. Written by Anonymous

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Release Date:

5 May 1957 (USA)  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Although set in 1919, Herbert Whybrow walks past a small car from the mid-1930s on his way home. See more »


Version of Suspense: The Hands of Mr. Ottermole (1950) See more »


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Thought-Provoking Upshot
9 April 2016 | by (Claremont,USA) – See all my reviews

Fairly suspenseful episode. We wonder who's behind the hands of a strangler throttling the latest victim, hands and head being all we see from the camera set-up. That way the anguished grimaces of the victim fill the screen in riveting fashion. Meanwhile, London bobbies have no clues to the strangler, even as public panic mounts. The crimes seem unrelated and motiveless. And darned if this isn't about the foggiest studio set on record. No wonder the cops are having a hard time.

It doesn't help the stoical precinct sergeant (Bikel) that annoying reporter Summers keeps riding him and his men about their lack of progress. Then too, why does the nosy newspaperman keep turning up at the murder sites before the cops. Clearly, there's more to the case than meets the eye. Of course, there's the London fog on- screen. But now, there's a mental fog kicked up by the story since we can't be sure where it's going. I like the solution. It's a little on the philosophical side. Sill it's an interesting idea that raises, in its own way, the conundrum of mind versus matter. All in all, a thought-provoking Hitch entry.

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