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Terror at Northfield 

A small-town is rocked by a series of murders which begins with the killing of a local farmer's son.

Director:

Harvey Hart

Writers:

Leigh Brackett (teleplay), Frederic Dannay (short story) (as Ellery Queen) | 1 more credit »
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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Alfred Hitchcock ... Himself - Host
Dick York ... Sheriff Will Pearce
Jacqueline Scott ... Susan Marsh
R.G. Armstrong ... John Cooley
Katherine Squire Katherine Squire ... Mrs. La Font
Peter Whitney ... Bib Hadley
Dennis Patrick ... Frenchy La Font
Curt Conway Curt Conway ... Dr. Buxton
Gertrude Flynn ... Flora Sloan
Jim Boles Jim Boles ... The Grocer
Harry Harvey ... Mayor Sanford Brown (as Harry Harvey Sr.)
Raymond Guth Raymond Guth ... The Farmer
Bryan O'Byrne ... Mr. Smith
Gail Bonney ... Mrs. Hayes
Hal Bokar Hal Bokar ... The 3rd Man
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A small-town is rocked by a series of murders which begins with the killing of a local farmer's son.

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Language:

English

Release Date:

11 October 1963 (USA) See more »

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Shamley Productions See more »
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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Near the beginning, when Sheriff Will Pearce and Susan Marsh are carrying the library books from John Cooley's house to the police car, there are seven books. At the police station, when Susan gets in her car the Sheriff only hands her five books, but when she gets to the library all seven books are carried in. See more »

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References The Beverly Hillbillies (1962) See more »

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Terror In Town
15 January 2010 | by telegonusSee all my reviews

The Hitchcock hour was heading into horror territory with this one, and at that level it delivers. Terror At Northfield is gripping throughout, and well acted by its gifted cast. Yet something about it fails to satisfy; worse, it left a bad taste after it was over. Its director, Harvey Hart, was quite talented and made some fine films; and its author, Leigh Brackett, a frequent collaborator of director Howard Hawks, is a near cult figure among movie buffs these days.

I recommend it for those who like films and television shows with a gruesome streak. That the murders in the show were delivered to the back of the head with a heavy hammer made me wince a few times, though there wasn't really anything shown on screen. The mounting terror of a small town beset by murders that appear to come out of nowhere was well presented. I liked Dick York as the easygoing yet dogged local lawman with a lot on his plate. The best performance was by R.G. Armstrong as an introspective, deeply religious local farmer whose son's mysterious disappearance is where all the trouble began.

As well made as this episode is it never really surprised me, and indeed hinted strongly how it would end early on. It's watchable and yet feels a little cheap, like a B exploitation picture, not something one would expect from the Hitchcock company.


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