Alfred Hitchcock Presents (tv)

The Boston Phoenix

DIRECTED BY: Norman Bates

REVIEWED: 10-27-97

Alfred Hitchcock Presents (1955-65; 359 episodes). This long-running series emphasized mordant humor over blood-spattering, but there's plenty of scary behavior here. The most easily found video features a trio of stories including Hitchcock's most famous episode: "Lamb to the Slaughter," in which Barbara Bel Geddes kills her husband with a frozen leg of lamb (don't worry, that's only the beginning). More chilling episodes include "The Man from the South," about a wager involving someone's fingers, and "The Glass Eye," with a neat twist on a favorite horror topic -- a ventriloquist's dummy.

--Robert David Sullivan

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