Alfred Hitchcock Presents
Series 1, Episode 11


   Robert Stevens
   Robert C. Dennis (teleplay); Morris Hershman (story)
   Judith Evelyn, Kathleen Maguire, Joseph Mantell
   11 December 1955
   24:54 (total) • --:-- (film) • -:-- (Hitchcock)
   7/10


Guilty Witness
Grocer Stanley Crane (Joe Mantell) and his wife Dorothy (Kathleen Maguire) become suspicious of the tenants upstairs when they are constantly disturbed by their violent arguments and loud noise. Dorothy grows increasingly worried that the neighbour Amelia Verber (Judith Evelyn) has murdered the husband (who is seen briefly at the beginning) after it all goes quiet for a few days. A police sergeant (Robert F. Simon) shows up at the apartment block and starts sniffing around and eventually uncovers the truth. HITCH'S PROLOGUE (- secs):
COMING SOON...

HITCH'S EPILOGUE (- secs):
COMING SOON...



SPOILERS
The body is found in the basement concealed in the baby's pram. The grocer's wife was planning to run away with the guy upstairs and when Mrs. Verber discovered this she done away with him.



IN MY HUMBLE OPINION...
A decent episode though with a small element of predictability to it.
GEOFF THINKS...
There are no stars in this one, just reliable character players - and this helps with the ordinariness of the surroundings, the neighbourhood grocery store and the tatty apartment building. This is another episode taking place during a heatwave, with everybody mopping their brows ; it adds to the sense of tension. To be honest, I didn't work it out, although I should have. The title is a dead giveaway. Who's the guilty witness ? The idea of the body being in the pram is a lift from The 39 Steps, in which Robert Donat is able to leave the building disguised as a milkman, because nobody notices a milkman ; and in one of the Father Brown stories, it's a postman. Here it's the pram. They're looking all over for the corpse, and it's in the hallway all the time - although what must it have smelled like in that heatwave ? They needed a REAL building inspector ! I thought this was an excellent episode.

THE CAST
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Amelia Verber... JUDITH EVELYN
Dorothy Crane... KATHLEEN MAGUIRE
Stanley Crane... JOSEPH MANTELL
Detective Halloran... ROBERT F. SIMON
Mr. Verber... ED KEMMER
Mrs. Silvetski... GRAZIA NARCISO
Mrs. Santini... LAIOLA WENDORFF


GALLERY
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Acknowledgements:
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0508169/ [IMDb]

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