William Callew is involved in a bad traffic accident on a rural road, that leaves him so paralyzed he appears lifeless, and when help arrives they think he's really dead.

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
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Himself - Host
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William Callew
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Ed Johnson
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Hubka
Harry Shannon ...
Dr. Harner
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Sheriff
James Edwards ...
Convict
Marvin Press ...
Chessy
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Lloyd
Mike Ragan ...
Escaped Convict
Jimmy Weldon ...
Guard (as Jim Weldon)
Richard Newton ...
Ambulance Driver
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Road Worker
Harry Landers ...
Coroner
Elzie Emanuel ...
Black Escaped Convict
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Mr. Callew, a demanding businessman, is resting by the beach when he receives a telephone call from a recently discharged employee. The man is in tears, but the unyielding Callew shows no sympathy, and hangs up on him. Later, when Callew starts to drive home, his car runs off the road at a construction site. When he comes to, Callew is paralyzed. Several persons come by, but he is unable to communicate with them, so they think he is dead. Fully aware of his predicament, he becomes increasingly terrified. Written by Snow Leopard

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13 November 1955 (USA)  »

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Edward W. Williams won the 1956 Primetime Emmy for Best Editing of a Television Film for this episode. See more »

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When watching current film-transferred versions on a modern definition television, one can see William Callew's (Joseph Cotton) blinking his eyes even though it was established earlier that he could not move anything, including his eyelids. This is especially noticeable when the two escaped convicts are moving his body and disrobing him in the car. This would not of been noticeable at the time of first broadcast due to the poor resolution of television at that time. See more »

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[introduction - Hitchcock is reading a book when he notices the viewer]
Alfred Hitchcock: Oh. Good evening. I've been reading a mystery story. I find them very relaxing. They take my mind off my work. These little books are quite nice. Of course, they can never replace hardcover books. They're just as good for reading, but they make very poor doorstops. Tonight's story by Louis Pollock is one that appeared in this collection. I think you will find it properly terrifying, but like the other plays of our series, it...
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Referenced in Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003) See more »

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Scary Enough
4 March 2007 | by (Chicago, Illinois) – See all my reviews

Boy - this one scared me - because - it shows what can happen in a blink of an eye. by the way - from personal experience - I found out what canhappen in the blink of an eye. So - I can relate to this film - very much so. Very good story line - very good casting - very good acting. It was very unnerving to watch him suffer - real psychological suffering - can almost fell it yourself. It seemed so very realistic in its filimg & acting - scared me no end. Often wondered what others would think of this movie. I enjoyed it immensely and hope others did to - wish they would write their comments - however - my only concern is - haven't seen it since mid 1950's - have never forgotten it. I only wish it could be shown again - this time - I'd tape it & watch it a lot. Please advise ml2348@att.com


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