In spite of his eighteen directing credits, Alfred Hitchcock was not the most frequent
director of episodes in his own series. He was in fact only number seven on a list of
directors according to frequency. Robert Stevens, who directed 49 episodes, tops
the list, followed by Paul Henreid, with 29; Herschel Daugherty, 27; Norman Lloyd,
22; Alan Crosland Jr., 19; Alfred Hitchcock, 18; Arthur Hiller, 17; John Brahm, 14;
James Neilson, 12; Alf Kjellin, 12; Bernard Girard, 12; Justus Addiss, 10; and Joseph
Newman, 10.
Robert Stevens was by far the most trusted director, especially in the show’s early
years, and tellingly the only one to win an Emmy Award. Stevens had cut his teeth
working for the series Suspense (59 episodes) and later directed a few episodes of The
Twilight Zone, Suspicion, and Playhouse 90, as well as many other shows. Well known as
an actor, Paul Henreid had a very short résumé as television director when he joined
the Hitchcock team. Subsequently, he became highly versatile and directed quite
a few western episodes, in addition to taking on assignments for crime series like
Johnny Staccato and Thriller, as well as for live theater series. Herschel Daugherty en-
joyed a long career as series director from the mid- 1950s to 1975, spanning the whole
gamut of genres. Norman Lloyd played small but significant roles in Hitchcock’s Sab-
oteur (1942) and also Spellbound (1945). He joined the producing team in 1957 and also
directed a sizable number of episodes and acted in many. Lloyd and producer Joan
Harrison pulled most of the strings for the show. Alan Crosland Jr. was a seasoned
director when joining the Hitchcock show in 1960, and his distinguished television
career lasted until the 1970s. Arthur Hiller directed for Thriller and Perry Mason among
many other shows before his debut for Hitchcock in 1958. From the mid- 1960s he
mainly directed movies. John Brahm was a renowned suspense director and worked
on many of the most famous shows: Thriller, Johnny Staccato, The Twilight Zone, and Sus-
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