Startime (1959–1961)
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Incident at a Corner 

A school crossing guard reprimands the PTA president for careless driving. He is later dismissed from his job on the basis of an anonymous note accusing him of being too friendly with ... See full summary »


Alfred Hitchcock


Charlotte Armstrong (novel), Charlotte Armstrong (teleplay)




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Vera Miles ... Jean Medwick
George Peppard ... Pat Lawrence
Paul Hartman ... James Medwick
Bob Sweeney ... Uncle Jeffrey
Leora Dana ... Mrs. Tawley
Warren Berlinger ... Ron Tawley
Philip Ober ... Malcolm Tawley
Jerry Paris ... Grimes
Alice Backes Alice Backes ... Aunt Pauline
Charity Grace Charity Grace ... Elsa Medwick
Leslie Barrett ... Batle
Alexander Lockwood Alexander Lockwood ... Principal Rigsby
Jack Albertson ... Harry
Eve McVeagh Eve McVeagh ... Georgia
Tyler McVey Tyler McVey ... Chief Taylor


A school crossing guard reprimands the PTA president for careless driving. He is later dismissed from his job on the basis of an anonymous note accusing him of being too friendly with little schoolgirls. His daughter's boyfriend takes up his cause, assuming that the PTA president sent the note out of spite. It turns out that the note was sent by a woman living across the street from the school, who knew the guard from another city, and feared he would expose her past life. Story is told with the same incident repeated from several different viewpoints. Written by alfiehitchie

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Comedy | Drama | Musical





Release Date:

5 April 1960 (USA) See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Shamley Productions See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Directed by Alfred Hitchcock one week after he directed "Psycho," also featuring Vera Miles and much of the same crew that worked on this episode. See more »


At the meeting in the headmaster's office at about 18 and a half minutes into the episode, Mrs Parker's hands are placed on her handbag. First beside each other on the handbag, then at the next shot above each other, then at the next shot, when Mrs Parker says "Naturally.", beside each other again. See more »


Referenced in Alfred Hitchcock: Master of Suspense (2013) See more »

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A word misheard leads to trouble
10 August 2017 | by aldiborontiSee all my reviews

Excellent Startime episode directed by Hitchcock straight after Psycho. George Peppard, looking young and dashing, pairs with the lovely Vera Miles to play an engaged couple who come to the aid of Miles' grandfather, fired from his job as school crossing guard because of false accusations of pedophilia.

The young couple, despite opposition from other members of the family who wish only to hush things up and move on, start questioning the grandfather's accusers and find that the trouble stems from an angry mother who'd had a run-in with the grandfather (the incident at the corner of the title), a schoolteacher who witnesses the incident and mishears one word for another, and a newly moved-in couple who also witness the incident and have a secret they don't want revealed. Peppard and Miles proceed to untangle this knot and get to the surprising truth.

All is expertly managed by Hitchcock who gets as always superb performances from all his actors as the tangle is gradually unwoven and the truth revealed. This film is a must-see for Hitch fans and an enjoyable watch for all.

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