Saturday Frights: Alfred Hitchcock Presents – “Santa Claus and the 10th Avenue Kid”

Welcome back, dear viewers. It was more than hinted a couple of times this morning by Sage that I remember that we should be presenting holiday fare, so I took it upon myself to search the Retroist Vault to find the perfect television and cinematic offering for your evening’s entertainment.

To help you get “into” the spirit of the season I have chosen another episodic television offering from the Alfred Hitchcock Presents series. This particular episode concerns a recently paroled convict, Harold ‘Stretch’ Sears, played magnificently by Barry Fitzgerald. Harold as I mentioned has just been released and thanks to Miss Clemetine Webster is able to secure a job though one not to his liking, that of a department store Father Christmas. Harold is taken by a common street waif who has his eye on a expensive toy and recognizes the early warning signs that led himself to life of crime.

Will Harold be able to reform this young boy and himself?

The Projectionist

Lurking in the bowels of the Retroist Vault, the Projectionist comforts himself with the dreams of celluloid glory of days gone by. With his assistant, Daniel XIII, in the quiet time of the night he serves as host in what has been dubbed the Haunted Drive-In. Bringing films to the entertainment starved masses the Haunted Drive-In projector roars to life and shines brightly once again...

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