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Banquo's Chair 

A retired detective plans to make a suspect in a murder think he's seeing the victim's ghost on the anniversary of her death in the home she was murdered in. Others are invited to pretend they see nothing, hoping to jar a confession.


Alfred Hitchcock


Francis M. Cockrell (teleplay by) (as Francis Cockrell), Rupert Croft-Cooke (based on a story by)


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Episode cast overview:
Alfred Hitchcock ... Himself - Host
John Williams ... Inspector Brent
Kenneth Haigh ... John Bedford
Reginald Gardiner ... Major Cook-Finch
Max Adrian ... Robert Stone
Tom Dillon Tom Dillon ... Sergeant Balton (as Thomas P. Dillon)
Hilda Plowright Hilda Plowright ... Mae Thorpe
George Pelling George Pelling ... Lane


John Bedford is suspected of being the murderer of his wealthy aunt, Miss Ferguson, but the police are unable to break his alibi. Now, exactly two years after the crime, a retired Scotland Yard investigator named William Brent, puts together a plan that he hopes will make the nephew confess. Brent invites the young man to a dinner in the home that once belonged to the late aunt, and secretly hires an actress to pretend to be the ghost of the dead woman. Everyone at the dinner is in on the scheme, and when the apparition appears, no one claims to see anything - but Bedford, that is. Written by alfiehitchie

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3 May 1959 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Himself - Host: Good evening again. Following that little presentation, I'm prepared to continue our little safari through the jungles of Hollywood. As you can see, I'm ready to hunt for the really big game, so I've hired a native guide.
[Hitchcock snaps his fingers and a man wearing a board reading 'Addresses of The Stars' comes on camera]
Himself - Host: He claims to know exactly where the big ones are to be found.
[Hitchcock snaps his fingers again and the man walks off camera]
Himself - Host: In order to flush the game from its ...
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Predictable twist, but well done
8 March 2018 | by talonjensenSee all my reviews

While the twist at the end of the episode is predictable, and has been done many times before, the episode was well done, mostly due to the acting.

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