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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Biff McGuire ...
Dana Edwards
Robert H. Harris ...
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Rachel Ames ...
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Theodore Newton ...
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Katherine Warren ...
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Richard Collier ...
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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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Alfred Hitchcock Presents: Terrible Episode
24 February 2014 | by See all my reviews

It's amazing how people can watch the same thing and have such differing opinions.

I realize that something like this is subjective but I would think that some aspects of this episode would be seen in the same way by a vast majority of viewers. For example: Is terrible acting really that subjective? This series features some great stories by outstanding writers, and also some terrific actors. Yet, it still manages to produce a large number of very weak episodes and terrible acting. The acting in the opening minutes of this episode is so bad that it's hard to not just stop watching right then and there. I actually thought the bad acting was intentional and came up with a reason why they might be doing it that related to the story. But no, it's just bad acting. Yet one of the reviews here suggests the acting is great! In addition to the bad acting, the directing seems very poor. I kept thinking that if I was directing this I would have constantly been yelling: "Cut! Are you kidding me?", but this director obviously saw no problems with some of the absurdity taking place.

As others have suggested, the ending is NOT good. (Except for that one strange review that thought the ending and the acting were great!) I would suggest to anyone thinking of watching this episode that they watch the beginning and see what they think. If you think, as I did, that it in unbelievably bad, then you might not want to waste your time, because it doesn't get much better.


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