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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Episode complete credited cast:
Himself - Host
Biff McGuire ...
Dana Edwards
Robert H. Harris ...
John Hurley
Rachel Ames ...
Laura (as Judith Ames)
Theodore Newton ...
Lt. Shea
Katherine Warren ...
Mrs. Edwards
Richard Collier ...


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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20 May 1956 (USA)  »

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Alfred Hitchcock: [holding a gun] This is for the man who has everything. It's to enable you to take some of it away from him.
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A choose your own (better) ending episode.
8 September 2009 | by (Ontario, Canada) – See all my reviews

This is a pretty lame episode. I just don't get the ending. I also had a much better ending in my mind--I was thinking the whole time how shocking it would have been to find out the license plate number was the mother's. But instead we are just left confused and wondering why I even bothered to watch this episode in the first place. Quite a let down, which is very rare for an Alfred Hitchcock Presents episode.

It's almost the same feeling you get when writing out a comment on an episode at the IMDb and finding out it won't let you because it's too short and you have to add a few more lines to reach the minimum 10 lines. If it doesn't work this time I'll have to go back and add some more adjectives that are synonyms for lame: which describes this Alfred Hitchcock episode and also the IMDb commenting rules.

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