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Incident in a Small Jail 

A suspected serial killer is put in a jail house with a salesman, while a lynch mob waits outside.



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Episode cast overview:
Himself - Host
Leon Gorwald
The Mechanic
Ronald Nicholas ...
Sandy (as Ron Nicholas)
Joan Dupuis ...
The Girl


Leon Gorwald is a traveling salesman who stops in a small town to buy gas. He crosses the street against the light and a local policeman starts writing him a ticket for jaywalking. Gorwald tries to bribe the officer and is promptly arrested and put in a jail cell awaiting the return of the local judge. In the meantime, the local sheriff has arrested a stranger for murdering a local girl. Things get desperate when a local mob decide to lynch the stranger, but by now he has overpowered the sheriff and forced Gorwald to change clothes. The mob drags Gorwald away but things turn out OK for him, in more ways than one. Written by garykmcd

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21 March 1961 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


John Fiedler, who played the mild-mannered murderer, was later to play another knife-wielding killer in the Star Trek episode "Wolf in the Fold" where his character is temporarily possessed by the spirit of Jack Ripper. See more »


A murder suspect never once protests his innocence, which he logically should have done given the fact that he really was innocent. See more »


Leon Gorwald: Sheriff, please, you've gotta let me out of here! You can't keep me locked up!
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Remade as Alfred Hitchcock Presents: Pilot (1985) See more »

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An ending that will send chills up your spine
4 August 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

One of the most memorable episodes. Leon, a small, meek salesman is jailed in a small town for a traffic violation. He is in the cell adjoining a man accused of murdering a local girl. A mob is gathering outside - eager to lynch the murderer.

As the crowd breaks in, the murderer has managed overpower the sheriff, force Leon to change clothes with him, and escape from the jail. When the crowd reaches the cell, they believe that Leon is the murderer and take him out to lynch him. In the end, luck is with Leon, but the ending following the ending is the big surprise - very chilling to recall even 50 years later.

John Fielder is the perfect actor for the part - getting the sympathy of the audience as the helpless common man and maintaining that pose right up to the startling ending.

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