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The Hidden Thing 

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.


Robert Stevens


James P. Cavanagh (teleplay) (as James Cavanagh), A.J. Russell (story)

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Episode complete credited cast:
Alfred Hitchcock ... 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 Richard Collier ... Counterman


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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Release Date:

20 May 1956 (USA) See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Shamley Productions See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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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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28 March 2016 | by dougdoepkeSee all my reviews

Disappointing episode with a lame payoff. Nice guy Dana (McGuire) is cuddling with sweetie Laura (Ames) in front seat of car, when they decide to cross highway on foot to get some food. Trouble is Laura leaves Dana in front of diner to re-cross highway to get her purse. On way back she's struck and killed by hit-and-run driver. Dana's distraught and unable to give police a description of the car or its license plate. He blames himself for not fetching her purse, and is thus guilt-ridden. Then a strange little man (Harris) shows up claiming he can get the hapless Dana to recall what the police need. Just who is this Hurley.

So far, so good. There's some suspense concerning the stranger and where the episode is going. However, the payoff lacks usual Hitch imagination or even irony. And I was left wondering if that was all there is. Plus, catch Harris's coy gesture at the end that almost amounts to a wink at the audience. Clearly, the series customarily did a lot better.

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