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Backward, Turn Backward 

Matt Thompson is bludgeoned to death with a pipe wrench and suspicion immediately falls on 59 year-old Phil Canby. The wrench belonged to Canby and he was there that evening fixing a leaky ... See full summary »

Director:

Stuart Rosenberg

Writers:

Charles Beaumont (teleplay), Dorothy Salisbury Davis (story)
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Cast

Episode cast overview:
Alfred Hitchcock ... Himself - Host
Tom Tully ... Phil Canby
Phyllis Love Phyllis Love ... Sue Thompson
Alan Baxter ... Sheriff Andy Willetts
Paul Maxwell ... Saul
Rebecca Welles Rebecca Welles ... Betty Murray
Peggy Converse Peggy Converse ... Mrs. Lyons
Raymond Bailey ... Mr. Harris
David Carlile David Carlile ... John Murray
Selmer Jackson ... Minister
Mark Erickson ... Boy in Tree
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Storyline

Matt Thompson is bludgeoned to death with a pipe wrench and suspicion immediately falls on 59 year-old Phil Canby. The wrench belonged to Canby and he was there that evening fixing a leaky sink. The real problem however is that Canby is in love with Thompson's 19 year-old daughter, Sue, and they plan on getting married; everyone knew Matt Thompson was violently opposed to their relationship. Canby maintains his innocence throughout and the local Sheriff, who finds it very hard to believe that the mild mannered Canby would do such a thing, investigates. In the end, the true culprit is revealed. Written by garykmcd

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 January 1960 (USA) See more »

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Production Co:

Shamley Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Phil Canby is supposed to be 59 years old and Sue Thompson is supposed to be 19 years old. The actors playing the characters have a much narrower age gap: Tom Tully is actually 52 years old and Phyllis Love is actually 35 years old. See more »

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I finally watched a really bad AHP
8 February 2019 | by mlh1963See all my reviews

I love wathcing AHP. The stories generally range from 'good' to 'excellent' with an occasional 'fair'. This episode I'd have to say 'fair' to 'poor'. The story is not the real problem (although the premise is not only weak but also kind of cringeworthy--and that's by 2018 standards). The acting by Alan Baxter is so over the top I kind of chuckled to myself a few times thinking, "Dude, switch to decaf". His character is the sherrif and I couldn't help but wonder if the budget for this episode was tight. Instead of a sherriff's uniform, he is dressed like Indiana Jones. Tom Tully is great though and the rest of the acting, while not memorable, is not terrible. Overall not the best episode by far. However, a three star AHP episode is still better than a lot of modern TV.


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