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Terror at Northfield 

A small-town is rocked by a series of murders which begins with the killing of a local farmer's son.


Harvey Hart


Leigh Brackett (teleplay), Frederic Dannay (short story) (as Ellery Queen) | 1 more credit »


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Alfred Hitchcock ... Himself - Host
Dick York ... Sheriff Will Pearce
Jacqueline Scott ... Susan Marsh
R.G. Armstrong ... John Cooley
Katherine Squire Katherine Squire ... Mrs. La Font
Peter Whitney ... Bib Hadley
Dennis Patrick ... Frenchy La Font
Curt Conway Curt Conway ... Dr. Buxton
Gertrude Flynn Gertrude Flynn ... Flora Sloan
Jim Boles Jim Boles ... The Grocer
Harry Harvey ... Mayor Sanford Brown (as Harry Harvey Sr.)
Raymond Guth Raymond Guth ... The Farmer
Bryan O'Byrne ... Mr. Smith
Gail Bonney ... Mrs. Hayes
Hal Bokar Hal Bokar ... The 3rd Man


A small-town is rocked by a series of murders which begins with the killing of a local farmer's son.

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Release Date:

11 October 1963 (USA) See more »

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Shamley Productions See more »
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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Near the beginning, when Sheriff Will Pearce and Susan Marsh are carrying the library books from John Cooley's house to the police car, there are seven books. At the police station, when Susan gets in her car the Sheriff only hands her five books, but when she gets to the library all seven books are carried in. See more »


References The Beverly Hillbillies (1962) See more »

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Two Scary Galoots
11 December 2015 | by dougdoepkeSee all my reviews

There's something of a mystery at the outset as to who killed young Tom Cooley. It could even be his dad John (Armstrong) who's wacky enough to think himself empowered by The Lord Himself. Worse, we see him bash others, then deposit their bodies in the ravine where his son was found. It might even be ritualistic. Now the whole town is in a panic, and the sheriff (York) is on the spot. So what's going on in small town America.

York abandons his usual comedic persona for the role of no-nonsense, convincing town marshal. At the same time, the hulking Armstrong spouts signals from the The Lord and is one scary dude in torn overalls. (Like most actors of his thuggish type, he was apparently a nice guy on and off the set {IMDB}.) And if one scary guy's not enough, there're two. Add the hulking, bushy-browed Peter Whitney as a loony janitor, who even gets special close-up lighting to make him look crazier. Too bad he and the equally towering Armstrong don't have a dust-up.

The hour's runtime appears to require some padding-- like the last shot-- but thanks to director Harvey, events don't drag. All in all, it's a scary Hitch, with a poignant, rather than ironic, final note. Meanwhile, I'm off to small town USA and hopefully a Jacqueline Scott look-alike.

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