Alfred Hitchcock Presents | Chicago Reader

Alfred Hitchcock Presents

Three early examples of the master's skill in tailoring his storytelling gifts to the 26-minute format of his celebrated TV show. Included are the very first episode of the series, “Revenge” (1955), a grim tale costarring Vera Miles and Ralph Meeker, and from the third season, “Lamb to the Slaughter” (1958), a more characteristic exercise in black comedy adapted from a Roald Dahl story and starring Barbara Bel Geddes. But the real gem is “Breakdown” (1955), a minimalist tour de force starring (and narrated by) Joseph Cotten as a businessman paralyzed in a car wreck; it belongs among Hitchcock's neglected masterpieces. 78 min.

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