A 5-year-old boy finds his uncle's revolver, partially loads it with bullets, and plays it with in public, unaware of its deadly power.



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Episode cast overview:
Himself - Host
Rick Sheffield (as Steve Dunne)
Fred Chester (as Biff Elliott)
Lucy Prentis ...
Amy Chester (as Lucy Prentiss)
Jiffy Snack Girl
Market Manager
Karl Lukas ...
The Mailman
Darlene's Daddy
Craig Duncan ...
The Market Clerk
Thayer Burton ...
The Cashier
Jackie Chester (as Billy Mumy)


Rick Sheffield visits his brother and sister-in-law after a lengthy absence living in Africa. His nephew Jackie unpacks his suitcase and finds a revolver. Jackie and his friends are always playing with their toy guns and Jackie goes around town, pointing the gun and pulling the trigger, oblivious to the fact that there is a live round in the chamber. When his parents and uncle realize he has the gun, they set off on a frantic search but not before he fires at someone. Written by garykmcd

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17 October 1961 (USA)  »

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This was one of 17 episodes directed by Alfred Hitchcock himself. Bill Mumy, who was about age 7 when the episode was filmed, related in an interview that he had trouble hitting his mark so that he stayed within the key lighting on the set. According to Mumy, Hitchcock became so frustrated that he took Mumy aside and quietly said words to the effect of, "If you can't stay in your proper place on the set, we'll get a nail and put it through your foot, and blood will come pouring out like milk." See more »


The cartridges in the revolver are obviously dummies. See more »


[introduction - HItchcock is in the box office of a movie theater]
Alfred Hitchcock - Host: Good evening and welcome to "Alfred Hitchcock Presents". The feature is about to commence. Please don't be alarmed. We are not charging admission. This is not pay-TV. As usual, all we ask is that on those occasions when you can't view our show, that you let us know so that we can send it to someone else. Please don't be a no-show.
[steps out of the box office with a gun]
Alfred Hitchcock - Host: This is not a holdup. I wish to dramatize the title of ...
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References Summer Holiday (1948) See more »

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Just Doing What They Do in the Movies
17 June 2007 | by (Claremont,USA) – See all my reviews

One of the most talked about episodes of the entire series. Little Billy Mumy loves playing shoot-em-up with his little cowboy friends. Presumably it's all good clean fun. But then he swipes a real hand-gun from an uncle just returned from dangerous Africa. Trouble is that Mumy thinks the real thing is a toy and problems mount as he loads first one real bullet and then more before going into the neighborhood looking for likely targets.

Hitchcock himself directed as the suspense mounts. When will the impish Mumy pull the trigger for real and who will be on the receiving end. It's a genuine nerve-wracking 20 minutes. Mumy is well cast as the little hellion. (Can't help but note presence of Biff Elliot as the father, long after his one shot at stardom as Mike Hammer in "I, the Jury" fizzled on the big screen.) There's an amusing little vignette as suffering daddy Olan Soule tries to bribe Mumy into letting his annoying little daughter ride the mechanical horsey. Hitchcock's penchant for dark humor is all over that brief sequence. This is one of the few "message" entries of the series, carrying a clear lesson about kids near guns. In fact, Hitch replaces his usual whimsical epilogue with an expressly cautionary message to adults. That aside, a six year-old on the loose with a real gun makes for a very suspenseful and unusual half-hour.

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