Directed by Alfred Hitchcock

Directed by Alfred Hitchcock

22 Episodes

Merry Hitch-mas! During this season of light, embrace the darkness with a holiday helping of favorites from the Master of Suspense. For five decades, Alfred Hitchcock explored our innermost anxieties, desires, and obsessions in his diabolically constructed thrillers, which redefined the mechanics of screen terror through meticulous editing, voyeuristic camera work, and unforgettable set pieces. In early British classics like THE 39 STEPS and SABOTAGE, endlessly studied and imitated Hollywood masterpieces such as REAR WINDOW and VERTIGO, and fascinatingly personal late-career statements like MARNIE and FRENZY, Hitchcock tapped into the peculiar pleasures of fear like no filmmaker before or since.

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Directed by Alfred Hitchcock
  • Hitchcock for the Holidays Teaser

    Episode 1

  • The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog

    Episode 2

    Directed by Alfred Hitchcock • 1927 • United Kingdom
    Starring Ivor Novello, June Tripp

    With his third feature film, THE LODGER: A STORY OF THE LONDON FOG, Alfred Hitchcock took a major step toward greatness and made what he would come to consider his true directorial debut. This haunting sile...

  • Downhill

    Episode 3

    Directed by Alfred Hitchcock • 1927 • United Kingdom
    Starring Ivor Novello, Ben Webster, Norman McKinnel

    That’s the direction things go for boarding-school student and star rugby player Roddy Berwick (celebrated songwriter and matinee idol Ivor Novello) when he falls from golden boy to public di...

  • The Man Who Knew Too Much

    Episode 4

    Directed by Alfred Hitchcock • 1934 • United Kingdom
    Starring Peter Lorre, Leslie Banks, Edna Best

    An ordinary British couple vacationing in Switzerland suddenly find themselves embroiled in a case of international intrigue when their daughter is kidnapped by spies plotting a political assassina...

  • The 39 Steps

    Episode 5

    Directed by Alfred Hitchcock • 1935 • United Kingdom
    Starring Robert Donat, Madeline Carroll, Lucie Mannheim

    A heart-racing spy story by Alfred Hitchcock, THE 39 STEPS follows Richard Hannay (Robert Donat) as he stumbles upon a conspiracy that thrusts him into a hectic chase across the Scottish ...

  • Sabotage

    Episode 6

    Directed by Alfred Hitchcock • 1936 • United Kingdom
    Starring Sylvia Sidney, Oskar Homolka, John Loder

    This loose adaptation of Joseph Conrad’s novel “The Secret Agent” is one of the high-water marks of Alfred Hitchcock’s early British period. Sylvia Sidney is the unsuspecting wife of a London c...

  • Young and Innocent

    Episode 7

    Directed by Alfred Hitchcock • 1937 • United Kingdom
    Starring Derrick De Marney, Nova Pilbeam, Percy Marmont

    Alfred Hitchcock’s delightfully entertaining, often overlooked tale of a wrongly accused man follows a young writer (Derrick De Marney) who, when he becomes the prime suspect in the murde...

  • The Lady Vanishes

    Episode 8

    Directed by Alfred Hitchcock • 1938 • United Kingdom
    Starring Margaret Lockwood, Michael Redgrave, Paul Lukas

    In Alfred Hitchcock’s most quick-witted and devilish comic thriller, the beautiful Margaret Lockwood, traveling across Europe by train, meets a charming spinster (Dame May Whitty), who t...

  • Foreign Correspondent

    Episode 9

    Directed by Alfred Hitchcock • 1940 • United States
    Starring Joel McCrea, Laraine Day, Herbert Marshall

    In 1940, Alfred Hitchcock made his official transition from the British film industry to Hollywood. And it was quite a year: his first two American movies, REBECCA and FOREIGN CORRESPONDENT, w...

  • Saboteur

    Episode 10

    Directed by Alfred Hitchcock • 1942 • United States
    Starring Priscilla Lane, Robert Cummings, Otto Kruger

    This crackling World War II espionage thriller stars Robert Cummings as an ordinary munitions worker framed for sabotage and murder. With a reluctant woman (Priscilla Lane) by his side, he g...

  • Shadow of a Doubt

    Episode 11

    Directed by Alfred Hitchcock • 1943 • United States
    Starring Teresa Wright, Joseph Cotten, Macdonald Carey

    Alfred Hitchcock’s personal favorite of all his films, SHADOW OF A DOUBT is an exceptionally macabre tale of a beloved uncle (Joseph Cotten) whose visit to his sister and her family at firs...

  • Lifeboat

    Episode 12

    Directed by Alfred Hitchcock • 1944 • United States
    Starring Tallulah Bankhead, William Bendix, Walter Slezak

    When a ship of American and British passengers is sunk by a missile from a German U-boat during World War II, the survivors must cope with the elements—and each other. Set entirely withi...

  • Rope
    Episode 13


    Episode 13

    Directed by Alfred Hitchcock • 1948 • United States
    Starring James Stewart, John Dall, Farley Granger

    In this charged thriller inspired by the notorious case of Leopold and Loeb, two Manhattan college friends (John Dall and Farley Granger) strangle a classmate for intellectual kicks and then pro...

  • Rear Window

    Episode 14

    Directed by Alfred Hitchcock • 1954 • United States
    Starring James Stewart, Grace Kelly, Wendell Corey

    Alfred Hitchcock was at the height of his powers as a visual storyteller when he made this enduring suspense classic. James Stewart is L. B. Jeffries, an injured photojournalist confined to his...

  • The Trouble with Harry

    Episode 15

    Directed by Alfred Hitchcock • 1955 • United States
    Starring Edmund Gwenn, John Forsythe, Shirley MacLaine

    Alfred Hitchcock took a rare and delightful detour into comedy with this darkly humorous tale of a pesky corpse that becomes a big problem for a quiet Vermont village. A young Shirley MacLa...

  • The Man Who Knew Too Much

    Episode 16

    Directed by Alfred Hitchcock • 1956 • United States
    Starring James Stewart, Doris Day, Brenda De Banzie

    James Stewart and Doris Day (in one of her finest dramatic showcases) star in Alfred Hitchcock’s globe-trotting thriller, a Hollywood remake of the director’s own 1934 British classic. The Mas...

  • Vertigo

    Episode 17

    Directed by Alfred Hitchcock • 1958 • United States
    Starring James Stewart, Kim Novak, Barbara Bel Geddes

    Alfred Hitchcock’s VERTIGO has been recognized as the director’s most spellbinding and deeply personal achievement—and as one of the greatest films ever made. James Stewart reteams with the ...

  • Marnie

    Episode 18

    Directed by Alfred Hitchcock • 1964 • United States
    Starring Tippi Hedren, Sean Connery, Diane Baker

    One of Alfred Hitchcock’s most stylistically and thematically complex works is a perversely fascinating portrait of a disturbed woman and the man with whom she becomes enmeshed in a sadomasochist...

  • Torn Curtain

    Episode 19

    Directed by Alfred Hitchcock • 1966 • United States
    Starring Paul Newman, Julie Andrews, Lila Kedrova

    Paul Newman and Julie Andrews star in Alfred Hitchcock’s gripping Cold War thriller about a nuclear physicist/double agent and his troubled fiancée who must escape East Germany amid dangerous po...

  • Topaz

    Episode 20

    Directed by Alfred Hitchcock • 1969 • United States
    Starring Frederick Stafford, Dany Robin, John Vernon

    Adapted from the bestselling novel by Leon Uris, Alfred Hitchcock’s taut Cold War thriller centers on a French spy (Frederick Stafford) and a CIA agent (John Forsythe) who join forces in orde...

  • Frenzy

    Episode 21

    Directed by Alfred Hitchcock • 1972 • United Kingdom
    Starring Jon Finch, Barry Foster, Barbara Leigh-Hunt

    After more than three decades in Hollywood, Alfred Hitchcock returned to Britain to make his penultimate film, which finds the master pushing the boundaries of graphic violence to shocking e...

  • Family Plot

    Episode 22

    Directed by Alfred Hitchcock • 1976 • United States
    Starring Karen Black, Bruce Dern, Barbara Harris

    Alfred Hitchcock’s final film is a black-comedy romp that marvelously combines mystery and humor. When a wealthy woman hires a phony psychic (Barbara Harris) and a con man (Bruce Dern) to find he...