Signed 45 Record Theme Alfred Hitchcock Presents - 1955
Vintage (circa 1955) promotional 45-rpm record of the Theme of Alfred Hitchcock Presents, signed by Alfred Hitchcock along with his familiar hand-sketched silhouette caricature on the label. Also included is the original sleeve from Sunset Records. A classic and historical one-of-a-kind memento of Hollywood in very good condition.
Alfred Hitchcock Presents is well known for its title sequence. The camera fades in on a simple line-drawing caricature of Hitchcock’s rotund profile. As the program’s theme music, Charles Gounod’s Funeral March of a Marionette, plays, Hitchcock himself appears in silhouette from the right edge of the screen, and then walks to center screen to eclipse the caricature. He then almost always says “Good evening.”
The drawing was the work of Hitchcock himself. He began his career in the 1920s as an illustrator for silent movie intertitle cards. The sequence has been parodied countless times in films and on television. The caricature and the use of Gounod’s Funeral March of a Marionette as theme music have become indelibly associated with Hitchcock in popular culture.
Hitchcock closed the show in much the same way as it opened but mainly to tie up loose ends rather than joke. He told TV Guide that his reassurances that the criminal had been apprehended were “a necessary gesture to morality.”
Originally 30 minutes per episode, the series expanded to 60 minutes in 1962 and retitled The Alfred Hitchcock Hour. Hitchcock himself only directed 17 of the 270 filmed episodes of Alfred Hitchcock Presents.
The last new episode aired on June 26, 1965, but the series continued to be popular in syndication for decades. The first season was released on DVD in 2005, the second season in 2006, and the third in October 2007.