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Don't Come Back Alive 

Frank Partridge and his wife plot to cheat their life insurance company by having her hide out for 7 years and declared legally dead, but an investigator believes Mr. Partridge has murdered her.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Alfred Hitchcock - Host
Frank Partridge
Mildred Partridge
Mr. Kettle
Lucy - Sister-in-law


Frank and Mildred Partridge are struggling with their finances. Frank has just landed a new job, but it won't start for another month. As they try to make light of their situation, Frank gets an idea. He persuades his wife to disappear for seven years, so that she can be declared legally dead in order to collect on their life insurance policy. She reluctantly agrees, and moves away under an assumed name. They plan to meet each other regularly, but an insurance investigator becomes suspicious of her absence, and thinks that Frank has killed her. Left almost entirely on her own, Mildred comes to prefer her new way of life. Written by Snow Leopard

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23 October 1955 (USA)  »

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(RCA Sound Recording)

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


When Frank (Sidney Blackmer) returns home and Mildred (Virginia Gregg) describes him as being tall and handsome, he jokes that his wife may have been confused him with Gregory Peck. Peck previously appeared in two films directed by Alfred Hitchcock: Spellbound (1945) and The Paradine Case (1947). See more »


It Came Upon The Midnight Clear
Music by Richard Storrs Willis
Lyrics by Edmund Hamilton Sears
Sung by carolers outside Vallardi's Restaurant
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Where'd He Get the Money
3 October 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This episode is ludicrous. From a loving couple to a plot to be financially free. The huge risk of hiding out for seven years. The watchdog insurance guy. What's in it for him. He is Javert. He is obsessed. The whole plan is so far fetched that one can never become involved in it. We have people who have no money, yet they maintain the home that was about to be foreclosed on and the other goes to San Francisco and lives there. These are plot elements that can't be forgiven. The man seems to have a happy life. The wife is miserable and in love with him. It should have been obvious to him that he was never going to see that money when the insurance guy suspected him from the beginning. I don't know about companies in the fifties, but there would have been some investigation. What about the police. It's just a terrible episode.

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