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The Creeper 

A frightened housewife is alone in her apartment when she begins to suspect just about anyone could be the unknown killer who has been strangling women.

Director:

Herschel Daugherty

Writers:

James P. Cavanagh (teleplay) (as James Cavanagh), Joseph Ruscoll (story)
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Cast

Episode complete credited cast:
Alfred Hitchcock ... Himself - Host
Constance Ford ... Ellen Grant
Steve Brodie ... Steve Grant
Harry Townes ... Ed
Reta Shaw ... Martha Stone
Percy Helton ... George the Janitor
Alfred Linder Alfred Linder ... Shoemaker
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Storyline

Ellen and Steve live in a New York neighborhood that is being terrorized by a strangler known only as The Creeper. When Steve goes to work on the night-shift, Ellen becomes increasingly frightened and keeps asking the hardware store to have a bolt and chain installed on her door as soon as possible. While waiting for this to happen, she starts to suspect everyone she encounters could be The Creeper. Written by Chocklit

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 June 1956 (USA) See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Shamley Productions See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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[first lines]
Himself - Host: Good evening, and thank you for peeping in at me tonight. I shall try to make it worth your while. Now, if you will look through the keyhole with your other eye...
[hangs up an eye-chart]
Himself - Host: Excellent. Thank you. Incidentally, those of you who think these letters don't spell anything couldn't be more incorrect. The last line was copied from an old insurance policy. Now that we are all in focus, I should like to make a few preparatory remarks about tonight's librette. It is called "The ...
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Connections

Remade as Alfred Hitchcock Presents: The Creeper (1986) See more »

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Desperate Housewives, Hitchcock Style
15 September 2006 | by dougdoepkeSee all my reviews

Better than average Hitchcock fare. A maniacal killer is stalking a blue-collar neighborhood for female victims.

The plot may creak a bit, but the performances are outstanding, while the director keeps the suspense on high throughout. It's a nail-biter all the way, with a chance to watch one of the fine, unsung actresses of that era, Constance Ford as the housewife. Her emotional breakdown is so persuasive, it threatens to overpower the story itself. Also, the familiar Harry Towne delivers an amazingly nuanced turn as the eccentric lecher-- watch the subtle array of facial expressions as he goes through various moods. It's really quite extraordinary for series TV of the 1950's. Also notable for the colorful presence of Reta Shaw (landlady) and Percy Helton (handiman) in supporting roles. The ending too, is both ironic and well thought-out. Anyway, this one made a lasting impression on me as a kid, and still packs a considerable punch.


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