Sunday, April 5, 2015

4/5/1960 Hitchcock meets Armstrong at a corner

April 5, 1960.  On this date Ford Startime Theatre presented "Incident At A Corner," directed by Alfred Hitchcock, based on a short story by Charlotte Armstrong.  A lot of people assume this was one of the shows Hitch directed for his own series Alfred Hitchcock Presents, but it wasn't.  I haven't found an explanation of the shift, but in those days AHP was a 30-minute show, and this one ran the full hour.  It was also the only TV show he directed in color.   Knowing the devious mind of the Master there was probably something else going on as well.

Hitchcock had used Armstrong's material before with great success in the movie Strangers on a Train.  They certainly had some common viewpoints, especially about attractive bad guys, and tangled relationships between alleged heroes and villains.  This story, about the destructive power of gossip, among other things, also gave the director a chance to show off Vera Miles, who was appearing in his new film Psycho.

I can't find anyplace where the film is available today.  Any ideas?

1 comment:

  1. Vera Miles went to High School in Wichita, KS, in fact not too far away from where I'm sitting now! She appears in one of my favorite movies "The Spirit Is Willing," even though neither she nor Sid Ceasar (with whom she co-stars) has much to do!