Alfred Hitchcock Presents: An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge (1959)

Genres - Mystery  |   Sub-Genres - Anthology Series [TV]  |   Run Time - 30 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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Based on a classic exercise in existentialism by Ambrose Bierce, this episode is set during the Civil War. Condemned to death for his anti-Union sabotage activities, Southern gentleman Peyton Farquhar (Ronald Howard) is sentenced to be hanged from Owl Creek Bridge. Just as he plunges off the bridge, the noose miraculously breaks, and Farquhar is able to make a dash for freedom. While escaping his captors, Farquhar journeys through some mighty strange country, and meets some mighty strange people -- including his former slave Josh (Juano Hernandez), who is supposed to be dead. Fans of "fantastic" television will recall that a 1962 theatrical short-subject version of An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge, filmed in France by director Robert Enrico, was adapted as a 1964 episode of The Twilight Zone.