Alfred Hitchcock Presents: Season 1, Episode 7

Breakdown (13 Nov. 1955)

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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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William Callew
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Himself - Host
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Ed Johnson
Forrest Stanley ...
Hubka
Harry Shannon ...
Dr. Harner
Lane Chandler ...
Sheriff
James Edwards ...
Convict
Marvin Press ...
Chessy
Murray Alper ...
Lloyd
Mike Ragan ...
Escaped Convict
Jimmy Weldon ...
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Richard Newton ...
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Harry Landers ...
Coroner
Elzie Emanuel ...
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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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Edward W. Williams won the 1956 Primetime Emmy for Best Editing of a Television Film for this episode. See more »

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Alfred Hitchcock: Well, that was a bit of a near thing. He reminded me of my own situation. Imagine, if you can, the terror of being inside a television set, knowing that any moment, the viewer may shut you off, and being powerless to prevent it. And I go through this every week. My only consolation is that some portions of our program are so fascinating, that they hold the viewer spellbound. Such an episode follows immediately, and then I'll be back again.
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Alfred Hitchcock: There, now. That really ...
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I'm alive!
15 January 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Exceptional episode, directed by Hitchcock himself and starring an old Hitchcock familiar (Cotton), about a businessman on his way back from a vacation. He ends up in a terrible accident and essentially is left for dead. When his body is finally retrieved from the wreck, he is taken to the nearest county morgue. There's only one problem: he isn't dead, just paralyzed, the result of the steering wheel crushing his chest (remember those days?) and the force of the impact breaking his neck. Cotton spends most of the episode with eyes open, unblinking and mouth agape, as we listen to his anguished thoughts via voice-over. This is an absolutely unnerving episode, and has to be among the 10 best from this series.


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