When Carl Spann's wife Elsa is assaulted by an unknown attacker, he drives his still-incoherent wife around town, hoping she can point him out, so he can kill him.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Himself - Host
Carl Spann
Elsa Spann
Mrs. Fergusen
Ray Montgomery ...
Man in Grey Suit
Police Lieutenant
Norman Willis ...
John Daheim ...
Cop (as John Day)
Lillian O'Malley ...
Hotel Maid
Police Lieutenant


Carl and Elsa Spann have moved into a trailer park in California, after Elsa suffered a nervous breakdown. She is adjusting well to a more peaceful lifestyle, after her rigorous training as a ballerina. But then Carl comes home from work to find Elsa shocked and traumatized after a man assaulted her in the trailer. The police investigate, but find little to go on. Carl becomes increasingly angry about what has happened, and he is determined to kill the man responsible, if he can find him. Written by Snow Leopard

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2 October 1955 (USA)  »

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(RCA Sound Recording)

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1.33 : 1
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Remade in 1985 with Linda Purl and David Clennon. See more »


When Carl and Elsa leave the trailer after she is attacked and are driving in the city, they pass by the same "See's Candy Store" twice in quick succession. See more »


Alfred Hitchcock - Host: Good evening. I'm Alfred Hitchcock. And tonight, I'm presenting the first in a series of stories of suspense and mystery called, oddly enough, "Alfred Hitchcock Presents". I shall not act in these stories, but will only make appearances. Something in the nature of an accessory before an after the fact - to give the title to those of you who can't read, and to tidy up afterwards for those who don't understand the endings. Tonight's play-let is really a sweet little story. It is ...
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7 March 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

When Carl Spann (Ralph Meeker)'s wife Elsa (Vera Miles) is assaulted by an unknown attacker, he drives his still-incoherent wife around town, hoping she can point him out, so he can kill him.

As the debut episode, this is definitely a strong one. When you only have twenty minutes to tell a whole story, you have to be good. Hitchcock himself directs this one, and it has a nice plot with solid characters and better than average actors.

In many ways, this show is more like a series of mini-movies. And a little bit darker than "Twilight Zone". Well, maybe not darker. But set in more realistic settings than some of the "Twilight Zone" episodes. They are great companions.

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