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Alfred Hitchcock Presents (TV Series 1955–1962) Poster

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Most people who have seen this series, remember Sir Alfred Hitchcock's opening and closing narratives for the series. However, for each episode, more than one opening and closing was filmed, as Hitchcock's famous jibes at the sponsors were unappreciated in the European markets. So for each episode, Hitchcock filmed two openings and two closings: one would be for American viewings (jokes about sponsors) and the second would be for European showings (jokes about Americans, and not about sponsors). For most of the third season, Hitchcock even did the opening and closings in French and German, as he spoke both languages fluently.
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Sir Alfred Hitchcock directed seventeen episodes.
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Sir Alfred Hitchcock drew the silhouette of himself featured in the opening credits. He began his movie career as an illustrator of title cards for silent movies.
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The opening and closing music is "Funeral March for a Marionette" by Charles Gounod.
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The sponsors, who had great influence regarding the presentation of the show, insisted that for the episodes ending with the perpetrator "getting away with a crime", Sir Alfred Hitchcock provide a statement in his closing monologue that would assure audiences that justice was served.
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In the last three seasons, the show's running time was extended to sixty minutes, and renamed The Alfred Hitchcock Hour (1962).
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Walt Disney refused to allow Sir Alfred Hitchcock to film at Disneyland in the early 1960s, because Hitchcock had made "that disgusting movie Psycho (1960)." Hitchcock's intended project is unidentified at this time, but it may have been for an episode of his television series.
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On August 11, 2009 the U.S. Postal Service issued a pane of twenty 44-cent commemorative postage stamps honoring early U.S. television programs. A booklet with twenty picture postcards was also issued. The stamp honoring "Alfred Hitchcock Presents" pictured host Sir Alfred Hitchcock. Other shows honored in the Early TV Memories issue were: The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet (1952), The Dinah Shore Show (1951), Dragnet (1951), "The Ed Sullivan Show" (originally titled The Ed Sullivan Show (1948)), The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show (1950), Hopalong Cassidy (1952), The Honeymooners (1955), "The Howdy Doody Show" (original title: The Howdy Doody Show (1947)), I Love Lucy (1951), Kukla, Fran and Ollie (1947), Lassie (1954), The Lone Ranger (1949), Perry Mason (1957), The Phil Silvers Show (1955), The Red Skelton Hour (1951), "Texaco Star Theater" (titled The Milton Berle Show (1948), 1954-1956), The Tonight Show (which began as Tonight! (1953)), The Twilight Zone (1959), and You Bet Your Life (1950).
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The entertaining and inventive intros and outros featuring Sir Alfred Hitchcock were all written by James B. Allardice.
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It proved to be too difficult for Sir Alfred Hitchcock to direct many episodes of the series, due to his heavy movie commitments.
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Being host to his own television show made Sir Alfred Hitchcock even more of a celebrity, and raised his profile as a director.
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Psycho was almost an "Alfred Hitchcock Presents." They did infact use the sets and camera and crew from that show.
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Two episodes had the word "pearl" in the title--"The Pearl Necklace" and "The Matched Pearl." In both episodes, Ernest Truex guest-starred as affluent men who buy pearls.
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