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The Changing Heart 

Looking to have an old pocket watch repaired, Dane Ross stops in at Ulrich Klemm's shop. He's amazed by the old man's tales of the special clocks he has built over the years with moving ... See full summary »

Director:

Robert Florey

Writers:

Robert Bloch (teleplay by), Robert Bloch (from his story)
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Episode complete credited cast:
Alfred Hitchcock ... Himself - Host
Nicholas Pryor ... Dane Ross
Anne Helm ... Lisa Klemm
Abraham Sofaer ... Ulrich Klemm
Robert Sampson ... Jack
Baruch Lumet ... Concertina Player
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Looking to have an old pocket watch repaired, Dane Ross stops in at Ulrich Klemm's shop. He's amazed by the old man's tales of the special clocks he has built over the years with moving parts such as marching soldiers and flying birds. They strike up a friendship and Dane is asked to stay for dinner which he gladly accepts, especially after he meets Ulrich's pretty granddaughter, Lisa. Over time, Dane and Lisa fall in love but theirs is a secret romance as Lisa says she can never leave as long as her grandfather is alive. Dane has to relocate to another city and after a three month absence, visits the old man's shop only to find him dead. Only then does he realize the extent of the secret the Klemms shared. Written by garykmcd

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 January 1961 (USA) See more »

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Mono

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1.33 : 1
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With its alluding to 18th century automated humans, this story bears more than just a passing nod to the creepy tales of German writer E.T.A. Hoffmann, who also penned the story upon which The Nutcracker was based. See more »

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Skilled Hands Can Fix Anything
16 June 2007 | by dougdoepkeSee all my reviews

Intriguing little half-hour from horror-master Robert Bloch. Kindly old watchmaker Abraham Sofaer invites polite young customer Nicholas Pryor to share dinner with him and his comely daughter Anne Helm. Pryor is immediately taken with Helm and jumps at the invite. Afterwards, he tries to line her up for a date even though she hesitates because of her father. They apparently meet on the sly, though this is never made clear. Since his intentions are honorable, Pryor asks the father's permission to marry the daughter. Sofaer emotionally refuses-- but why? Pryor is an obviously decent sort, but must leave town on business. While he's away, bad things happen.

Intrigue is with mysterious old man and his unusual clock shop. We know something is wrong, but what. Sofaer is a weird looking guy and is well cast. I wonder, however, why he would invite Pryor for dinner being as possessive as he is and knowing the good-looking young man would share time with the fetching Helm. Story holes aside, the ending is genuinely creepy and is likely to stay with you. All in all-- vintage Hitchcock.


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