"Alfred Hitchcock Presents" made its premiere on CBS-TV on October 2, 1955

By | October 1, 2021

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Opening title card. Source: (Wikipedia).

After World War I, Alfred Hitchcock discovered an interest in creative writing, and became a founding editor and business manager of The Henley Telegraph, which became one of his first steps toward his career in film. At this time, he read that the production arm of Paramount Pictures was opening a studio in London. He sent title cards as a sample of his work, and in 1919, he started to work at Islington Studios designing title cards. This led to his experience working on at least 18 silent films. And thus began his historical career as a filmmaker.

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Source: (Decades.com)

The Show Bounced Between Networks

His television career really got underway on October 2, 1955, with the premiere of Alfred Hitchcock Presents, which was a series of unrelated stories, which included elements of crime, horror, drama, and comedy. For much of its run, its main draw was the fact that it was comprised of intelligent, short episodes written by a host of writers, including Roald Dahl, although one writer, Henry Slesar, wrote 55 of the episodes. The show first aired on CBS on Sunday evenings from 9:30 to 10. It moved to NBC in 1960, where it was scheduled for Tuesdays at 8:30. Two years later, it returned to CBS. It was retitled as The Alfred Hitchcock Hour and aired on Thursdays at 10. The hour-long format didn’t work, and the show was moved to Friday at 9:30 and shortened to an hour. Then, they moved it to 10 on Fridays. Finally, during its last season, it returned to NBC, where, at 10 on Mondays, it did not last, and the final episode aired on May 10, 1965.