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The Case of Mr. Pelham 

A series of troubling incidents lead Mr. Pelham to believe that he has a double who is deliberately impersonating him.

Director:

Alfred Hitchcock

Writers:

Francis M. Cockrell (teleplay) (as Francis Cockrell), Anthony Armstrong (story)
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Episode complete credited cast:
Alfred Hitchcock ... Himself - Host
Tom Ewell ... Albert Pelham
Raymond Bailey ... Dr. Harley
Justice Watson Justice Watson ... Henry Peterson
Kirby Smith Kirby Smith ... Tom Mason
Kay Stewart Kay Stewart ... Miss Clement
John Compton ... Vincent
Jan Arvan ... Harry
Norman Willis ... Bartender
Tim Graham ... Lawyer
Richard Collier ... Bartender
Diane Brewster ... Secretary
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Storyline

Mr. Pelham consults a doctor about a series of troubling incidents. Recently a number of his acquaintances have claimed to have seen him in places where he could not have been. The doctor suggests that there must be another man with a strong resemblance to Pelham. But it soon becomes obvious that the other man is also deliberately impersonating him - even to the point of using Pelham's apartment as his own. Written by Snow Leopard

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 December 1955 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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In 1956, Alfred Hitchcock was nominated for a Best Director - Film Series Primetime Emmy for this. See more »

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[first lines]
Himself - Host: [introduction] Good evening. Due to circumstances beyond our control, tragedy will not strike tonight. I'm dreadfully sorry, perhaps some other time. However, I've just witnessed a sneak preview of this evening's story and I found it simply frightening. Sometimes, death is not the worst that can befall a man. And I don't refer to torture or any type of violence. I mean the quiet, little insidious devices that can drive a man out of his mind, like putting bubble gum in someone's coat...
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Version of The Man Who Haunted Himself (1970) See more »

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Remains a good watch , despite the story being done to death since.
3 October 2018 | by b_kiteSee all my reviews

Albert Pelham (Tom Ewell) discovers that someone has been impersonating him. Fearing his life is being taken away from him, Pelham confronts his double, only to begin doubting his own sanity.

Hitchcock returns again for his 3rd directing credit, taking on another familiar story that much like "Breakdown" has been done about a zillion times since this. The tale of a man who discovers he has a double trying to take over his life and slowly push him out or is he slowly going mad. The out come is usual always the same conclusion and the one here is no different, that's maybe why the impact of this one really didn't hit me to hard because I pretty much knew where this was going after the two Pelham's finally meet. As said before Hitch does his usual great job behind the camera and the cast is excellent here, I could defiantly see how in 1956 this was damn good television as Hitch was apparently nominated for a prime time Emmy for best directing. Not to sound harsh on this episode as it seems to be a favorite among fans of the series, and it is a very fine episode, but, I guess the fact that the story being done to death and seeing this a hundred times on other movies and series since really hurt the out come for me, and personally I believe Hitch should have got the Emmy nod for either "Revenge" or "Breakdown" as I believe those two episodes to be superior to this one. Closing note: Hitchcock's closing narration is the greatest!.


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