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The Belfry 

When Clint Ringle learns that Ellie Marsh, the schoolteacher whom he loves, is engaged to Walt Norton, Clint kills Walt and then hides in the schoolhouse's bell tower, waiting for his chance to exact further revenge.


Herschel Daugherty


Robert C. Dennis (teleplay), Allan Vaughan Elston (story)


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Episode complete credited cast:
Alfred Hitchcock ... Himself - Host
Jack Mullaney ... Clint Ringle
Patricia Hitchcock ... Ellie Marsh (as Pat Hitchcock)
Dabbs Greer ... The Sheriff
Ross Evans ... Local Citizen (as Horst Ehrhardt)
Jim Hayward Jim Hayward ... Preacher
Ralph Moody ... Local Citizen
John Compton John Compton ... Walt Norton
Norman Leavitt ... Elmer
David Saber David Saber ... Albert Grinstead
Rudy Lee Rudy Lee ... Luke
Kathleen Hartnagel Kathleen Hartnagel ... Schoolgirl


Clint is determined to marry Ellie, the county's schoolteacher, and he is building a house for them to live in. But Ellie is not interested, and she tells him that she has just become engaged to another man. Clint is enraged, and when he meets Ellie's fiancé, he kills him with an ax. He decides to hide in the bell tower of Ellie's schoolhouse, since he thinks no one will look for him there. He also likes the idea of being close to Ellie, so that he can have the chance to strike back at her too. Written by Snow Leopard

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Release Date:

13 May 1956 (USA) See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Shamley Productions See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


This is one of ten episodes in which Hitchcock's daughter, Patricia, appears. In this one, she is billed as Pat Hitchcock. See more »


The scenes of Clint in the belfry show a large bell hanging at least 12 to 15 inches down into the space, but the final exterior shot reveals a rather small bell that doesn't hang below the top edge. See more »


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A good suspense episode with the bosses wife at work!
20 December 2017 | by blanbrnSee all my reviews

This "AHP" episode from 1956 called "The Belfry" is special as it features Alfred's real life wife Patricia and it's an episode that builds tension and suspense and it's full of drama. The tale is simple Ellie Marsh(Patricia Hitchcock) is a small town schoolteacher who enjoys work and life and is engaged to a guy named Walt that she plans to marry. Yet when approached by a loner type guy in Clint who wants to get to know Ellie she wants no part of it as she only wants to be with Walt, all of a sudden a violent turn is taken which changes life for all involved. Now a cat and mouse game of hide and seek and the search for justice is spinning on board only with the tension and drama all involved will have their bell rung! Good episode nice to see some work from the bosses wife I know Alfred was proud of Pat!

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