Alfred Hitchcock Presents: Season 1, Episode 34

The Hidden Thing (20 May 1956)

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After Dana Edwards' fiancée Laura is killed by a hit-and-run driver, he is visited by John Hurley, who claims to be able to use memory recall techniques that will help him to remember the car's license plate number.

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When a young man sees his fiancée struck and killed by a hit-and-run driver, he is inconsolable. When questioned by the police, he is unable to remember anything that he saw, even though he wants very much to have the driver caught. A week later, he is visited by a stranger who claims he can help. The visitor tells him that his own son died in the same way, and he offers to help the young man to remember the license plate number that he saw, by using special memory recall methods. It's not clear, though, what the visitor's motive for helping might be. Written by Snow Leopard

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It's All in His Head
23 October 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is an interesting episode at first, but it starts to fizzle. I actually had a better ending where the man is actually the killer of the older man's son. They chose to use their own ending, so I guess there's not much of a chance of their changing the ending. This is about a fellow who is in love with a woman. One night, as they stop for a hamburger, she goes back to the car and is struck and killed by a hit and run driver. This causes great pain to the fellow. One day, an older man shows up and asks to help him raise memories from his subconscious through a kind of hypnotism. He is incredibly persistent. They are trying to dredge up the license plate number of the offending vehicle. Something is wrong because a law officer sits in wait. I know that this show is frustrating for some people because we often have to provide our own conclusions. Nevertheless, I believe this episode is quite weak because motivations and actions are not explained. Without motivations, action becomes random. With randomness, the viewer is left in the dark. This could have been quite good.


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