A meek bored man wants to feel important, so he commits increasingly serious crimes ranging from theft to eventual murder.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Alfred Hitchcock - Host
Harold George Goames
Vivian Nathan ...
Margaret Goames
Ward Wood ...
Police Sgt. McBaine
Nesdon Booth ...


Harold Goames comes across a book of crime statistics and learns that the most select class of criminals in the country is made up of murderers. He immediately decides to join that class and murders his sister Margaret. His dream of joining the class of murders does not come true because police mistakenly rule that the sister died of natural causes. Written by Anonymous

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20 April 1958 (USA)  »

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(RCA Sound Recording)

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1.33 : 1
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After Harald George Goames has committed a robbery, he corrects the robberies statistics in his almanac with a ballpoint pen. However, he has already corrected the page's car robbery statistics with a ballpoint pen before. However, when he corrects the robbery statistics, the page does not show any previous corrections. See more »


Margaret Goames: [Handing a bottle of perfume to Harold] What's this?
Harold George Goames: I like to think it came from Bulgaria. They say the largest rose fields in all the world are located in the Maritza valley. And the maidens gather the flowers early in the morning while the dew is still fresh upon them.
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Driven by Numbers
5 July 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Of course, one could say that the whole thing is ludicrous. However, as John McGiver points out to us time after time, we are all nothing; we are just an unrecognizable piece of America. He uses an almanac to see just how insignificant he is. It becomes his purpose to put himself into the statistical records as a somebody. He does this by finding categories that have less people in them and then finding out a way to join that group. Unfortunately, the statistics he chooses are those that involve murder and other acts of violence. He lives with a virago of a sister who has cut off every chance of him being happy. She is about as slimy as any villain with a pencil thin mustache. She becomes furious when he tries to avoid their weekly Chinese Checkers game (a perfectly dull game for incredibly dull people). She harasses and belittles him. Had he wished to join a positive statistical group, things might have worked out better. But she has stolen any resolve he has had. Anyway, there is one page in the almanac and that is the driving force. McGiver is quite good in this. He literally carries on conversations with himself and goes about things in a most business-like way.

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