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Listen, Listen.....! 

No one will listen to a mild-mannered man's theory about a string of local murders.


Don Taylor


Bernard C. Schoenfeld (teleplay), R.E. Kendall (story)


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Episode complete credited cast:
Alfred Hitchcock ... Himself - Host
Edgar Stehli Edgar Stehli ... Herbert Johnson
Adam Williams ... Police Lt. King
Dayton Lummis Dayton Lummis ... Police Sgt. Oliver
Baynes Barron ... Charlie. Bartender
Robert Herrman Robert Herrman ... Mr. Beekman. Journalist
Jackie Loughery ... Slats
Rusty Lane ... Father Rafferty
Edith Evanson ... Mrs. Johnson
Kitty Kelly ... Miss Andrews
James Westmoreland ... Ads in press receptionist (as Rad Fulton)
Elsie Baker ... Woman church goer


No one wants to listen to a polite, but persistent elderly man, Mr. Johnson, who has a strange theory about the recent "stocking murders" of three young women. His theory? That the third murder was committed by a copycat killer. First the old man, arming himself with a phony name, goes to the police, getting an audience with the very lieutenant who led the investigation, and the lieutenant dismisses his theory, but not before briefly conceding the point that the prime suspect, already in custody, confessed to only two of the three murders (having nothing to lose, it would seem, by confessing to the third). Next, Mr. Johnson, using another alias, seeks and finds a newspaper reporter, who is boozing it up with a floozy - by chance, the very reporter who covered the story, and Mr. Johnson and his ideas are not only dismissed once again, but the condescending bartender practically throws the old man out the door. Finally, at wit's end, Mr. Johnson, no longer hiding behind a false name, ... Written by Richard S. Peltz

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Release Date:

11 May 1958 (USA) See more »

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Shamley Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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So What's With the Old Guy
17 June 2010 | by dougdoepkeSee all my reviews

Good suspense. Old Edgar Stehli has a theory about three stocking murders. Trouble is no one will listen to his "theory". He keeps getting brushed off since he's old and rather addled. We don't know what to think since he may be hiding something and does keep using a different name with each interview. So what's with this old guy. He looks too old to be the culprit himself, but then looks can be deceiving.

Some good character sketches. Stehli's excellent at winning our wary sympathy. Lummis is especially good as the harried police sergeant—just the right amount of impatient indulgence. Note too how his scene ends with his taking a pill, done casually, but a nice character touch. In fact, each encounter is well handled, a credit to actor-director Don Taylor. However, what I most want to know is the location of the bar. The barfly blonde, Jackie Loughery, is an absolute knock-out. No wonder she was the first Miss USA, and even Dragnet's tough-guy Jack Webb came under her wifely spell.

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