Alfred Hitchcock Presents: Season 3, Episode 13

Night of the Execution (29 Dec. 1957)

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D.A. Warren Selvey learns that he's on bad political ground because of his low conviction rate. He decides to vigorously prosecute a man named Rodman. He wins the murder case and Rodman is ... See full summary »

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Ed Barnes
Harry Jackson ...
Hank Vance
Vinton Hayworth ...
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Alfred Tonkel ...
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D.A. Warren Selvey learns that he's on bad political ground because of his low conviction rate. He decides to vigorously prosecute a man named Rodman. He wins the murder case and Rodman is sentenced to die. After the sentence, however, Selvey meets a man named Barnes who claims to have committed the crimes. Selvey is now being considered a candidate for Congress. Fearing the repercussions of having convicted an innocent man, Selvey frightens Barnes into silence. The night Rodman is to be executed, Barnes shows up and urges Selvey to call the governor. Selvey refuses and in an ensuing struggle Barnes is killed. Selvey's political ambitions are ruined. Days later Selvey learns that Barnes was a fake. He was a crazy retired judge who would study the evidence of a case and then confess to the crime. Written by Anonymous

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Once again, an episode that strains reality a bit. There are several forces working here. There is the man of ethics who has a decent but not outstanding career. There is his boss who want more out of this talented man. There is the social climbing wife who wants to be the big time politician's partner. Then there is the guy who claims to have murdered the alleged victim of a man on death row. This puts the seed of doubt in the prosecutor's mind and he begins to wonder if he got the right man. I don't mean to be unkind, but I often think that the writer's of these episodes were writing for a simpleminded, unsophisticated audience. Even worse than they are today. The portrayal of the justice system was so poorly drawn. There was none of the negotiating or investigating. Criminals were always convicted so easily. The other downfall of this episode is the rashness of a successful man, so out of character. Oh, well, my mother would say. It's a Hitchcock ending.


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