Alfred Hitchcock Presents
Series 1, Episode 10


   Alfred Hitchcock
   Francis Cockrell (teleplay); Anthony Armstrong (story)
   Tom Ewell, Raymond Bailey
   04 December 1955
   24:23 (total) • --:-- (film) • -:-- (Hitchcock)
   6/10


The Case Of Mr. Pelham
Albert Pelham (Tom Ewell) is an ordinary man with an extraordinary problem. One evening whilst he is drinking at his local club he confides in a psychiatrist (Raymond Bailey) about a series of incidents involving himself being mistaken by others including members of his club and his servant at home. The doctor suggests that Pelham changes his tie so that the 'imposter' wouldn't be able to impersonate him. Eventually, Pelham confronts his doppleganger at home and the two Mr. Pelham's try to convince the servant (played by Justice Watson) of their true identities. HITCH'S PROLOGUE (- secs):
COMING SOON...

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



SPOILERS
Well not really a spoiler, because the explanation for the double is simply that Pelham is "mad".



IN MY HUMBLE OPINION...
Who remembers the 1970 movie "The Man Who Haunted Himself" with Roger Moore? Well, this is the short version of it! I was a bit disappointed with the explanation/spoiler here, as I felt it was a cheap ending. The epilogue segment features two men in white coats dragging poor Hitchcock away despite his protests! Pure gold.
GEOFF THINKS...
Not exceptional. It dragged a bit and you somehow knew what was coming. However, these episodes always look remarkably classy when you consider the turnaround time : a day for rehearsal and a two-day shoot. The only evidence of haste is the occasional fluffed line that gets left in. Ewell's part is virtually a monologue : right in the middle of a long diatribe, there's a fluff, and there it remains. Not a problem, as his character should be way too jittery to be that articulate. And who says "moreover" when explaining to a doctor that you're being spooked by a double?

THE CAST
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Albert W. Pelham... TOM EWELL
Dr. Harley... RAYMOND BAILEY
Peterson the butler... JUSTICE WATSON
Tom Mason... KIRBY SMITH
Miss Clement, secretary... KAY STEWART
Vincent... JOHN COMPTON
Harry... JAN ARVAN
Ray, bartender... NORMAN WILLIS
The man... TIM GRAHAM
Tie salesman... RICHARD COLLIER
Typist... DIANE BREWSTER


GALLERY
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Acknowledgements:
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0508268/ [IMDb]

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