A man Keith Hollands (Arthur Kennedy ) who is infatuated with staying young forever rents a deserted house overlooking the ocean, and promises his wife Elsa Hollands (Phyllis Thaxter ) that their shaky marriage will benefit from the move and promises her that everything will be perfect as they start a new life in one of my favorite episodes from The Alfred Hitchcock Hour entitled Change of Address and though it was fitting that it be the first edition of a new reoccurring segment here on The Liberal Dead called Television Terror.
As soon as Mrs. Hollands sets foot inside the beach house she despises it and has uneasy feelings demanding to leave immediately, but her husband has already made up his mind about the home and will not take no for answering deciding to rent the place without worrying about his wife’s begging to return to their home in Pennsylvania.
Inquiring about the previously owners they discover that the reason the house if or rent and not for sell is the owner refuses to sell it due to the fact he hopes his ex wife who left him because of the house will one day return to him and start up their life in the house once more. Mr. Hollands will not accept this answer and is determined to convince the previous owner to sell him the home once and for all and makes it his obsession. Suspicious as to why the last owner’s wife decided to flee the house and leave her husband Mrs. Holland sets out to find out just what happened in this house.
Shortly after moving into the house Mr. Hollands lays his eyes on a beautiful young lady named Rachel and becomes infatuated with her and dreams of being with her retaining his youthfulness proving he is not getting old unlike his wife. His wife begins to take notice of the way her husband is acting again, leading to building tension.
Meanwhile Mr. Holland also begins a project in the cellar digging a drainage ditch to ensure the house is not damp come winter as a promise to his wife to make sure she is nice and warm protecting her worn aged bones. This leads up to a conclusion that will instantly remind you why it is that this series remains one of the greatest displays of suspense and horror to ever exist and truly is classic terror television at its finest.
The acting displayed by Phyllis Thaxter in this episode of Alfred Hitchcock Hour proves without a shadow of a doubt that they just don’t make them like they use to. Her range of facial expressions and ability to convey a large array of emotions really reminds you how impressive the quality of acting once was in the suspense and horror genre. Arthur Kennedy’s portray of Keith Holland is also very impressive and you authentically feel like you are watching a man going through a crisis as his battle with mortality becomes all too clear to be coming closer to an end year after year.
This episode originally aired October 12th 1964 the second episode of the third season of The Alfred Hitchcock Hour and has always stood out as a memorable episode from my childhood days of growing up completely preoccupied with anything involving the name Alfred Hitchcock.