‘Good Evening…’ And so began Alfred Hitchcock’s famous introduction to his classic US anthology series, which originally ran between 1955 to 1965, and featured stories of horror, mystery and intrigue which ‘brought murder back into the home – where it belongs’.
Hitchcock ended up helming 17 of the 268 episodes of the show which scored a Golden Globe in 1958, while a host of directors got the chance to shine over the seven seasons, including Robert Altman (Gosford Park) and William Friedkin (The Exorcist).
But the best thing about this classic mystery series is not the quality of the stories or their classic execution, but the fantastic guest stars – including veterans like Bette Davis, Claude Rains and Fay Wray and new kids on the block Steve McQueen, William Shatner and Robert Redford. It’s a real Hollywood Who’s Who on the small screen. So who’s up for a mystery?
Alfred Hitchcock Presents, Seasons 1-7: The Complete Collection is out on DVD in a 35-disc box-set from Fabulous Films and Fremantle Media Enterprises.