Several college students try to make the police believe that a professor has murdered his missing wife.

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Professor Jarvis is, as one student describes him, the most henpecked man in the world. When he catches Perry Hatch cheating on an exam, he informs him that he will not be reported to the university but rather to his father who, Prof. Jarivs hopes, will mete out appropriate punishment. Hatch is none too pleased and when he hears that Jarvis's wife has been gone for several weeks, starts to wonder if Jarvis may have gotten rid of her. He and a friend spy on him and find him throwing away some of his wife's belongings. They take their case to the police who decide to question him. Written by garykmcd

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10 October 1961 (USA)  »

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ALFRED HITCHCOCK PRESENTS: The Hatbox (TV) (Alan Crosland, Jr., 1961) **1/2
23 January 2010 | by (Naxxar, Malta) – See all my reviews

A middling entry in the long-running suspense TV series (typically introduced by the genial Master himself) dealing with a college student whose hounding by his professor (Paul Ford) makes him suspect the worst when he finds a brand new hat among the latter's garbage while the wife is supposedly visiting relatives out-of-town. Needless to say, the cops do not believe his murderous assertions, especially when confronting them with the henpecked professor's own claims of innocence. Although he was not the director on this particular episode, Hitchcock's influence is evident in both the obvious thematic similarities to his own classic feature REAR WINDOW (1954) as well as his trademark wryness (typified here by the droll if predictable twist ending).


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