Alfred Hitchcock Presents: Banquo’s Chair (1959)
Director: Alfred Hitchcock Run Time: 30 min.
Starring: Alfred Hitchcock, John Williams, Kenneth Haigh, Max Adrian, Reginald Gardiner
About the film:
An inspector conspires with his friends to stage a fake haunting to scare a suspected murderer into confessing.
The award-winning anthology series Alfred Hitchcock Presents was created, hosted, and produced by Alfred Hitchcock, although he directed a relatively small number himself. Banquo’s Chair is one of them, and originally aired May 3, 1959.
Story by Rupert Croft-Cooke with teleplay by Francis M. Cockrell, writer of 18 episodes, including Revenge, the very first episode in the series.
Well-known for the introduction with Hitchcock stepping into his own silhouette as Charles Gounod’s “Funeral March of a Marionette” plays, followed by the dryly witty opening and closing narratives framing each suspenseful, thrilling episode. The remarks for all 359 episodes were penned by Ohio-native James B. Allardice, who also wrote many of Hitchcock’s public speeches.Hitchcocktober 2020
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