Thursday, July 26, 2012

Hitch x 3: "I Saw What You Did"

The last and best of the "lost" Hitchcock TV works, recently posted at Karagarga.

A crime fiction writer (John Forsythe) is arrested for felony hit-and-run. During his trial, the victim dies. Five witnesses to the accident all seem to agree on what happened -- until the defendant, curiously acting as his own attorney, begins to question them. Then begins to emerge beneath a fairly standard Defenders-like plot, a surprising and very moving undertone. Claire Griswold is the real standout as a young mother who decides to keep her baby. A masterpiece.

Made shortly before he began The Birds, this is the only episode of The Alfred Hitchcock Hour directed by Hitch himself. Originally broadcast in October, 1962.