Alfred Hitchcock Presents: Season 4, Episode 8

Safety for the Witness (23 Nov. 1958)

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A milquetoast gun shop owner witnesses two hoods murdering a witness from another crime in 1927 Chicago and is afraid he will share the same fate.



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Episode cast overview:
Himself - Host
Cyril T. Jones
Lieutenant Flannery
James Westerfield ...
Commissioner Cummings
Mary Scott ...
Nurse Copeland
Karl 'Killer' Davis ...
Dan Foley (as Karl Davis)
George Greco ...
District Attorney (as George Greico)
James Flavin ...
Joe Felix
Doris Lloyd ...
Gun Store Customer
Dorothea Lord ...
Hospital Cashier
David Fresco ...
Hotel Desk Clerk


How long can a witness to another witness being gunned down survive in the Roaring 20s U.S. ? The trigger-men are prized customers of eyewitness no. 2, timid gunsmith Cyril T. Jones who withstands 3 bullets from his clients. Jonesy stalls while hospitalized, pretending he can't talk, whenever the law tries to interrogate him. Written by David Stevens

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23 November 1958 (USA)  »

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(RCA Sound Recording)

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1.33 : 1
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In tribute to his previous Honeymooners character, the Art Carney character Jones mails the elephant gun to his customer Mrs. Jefferson Crawpit, c/o Mrs. "Norton" Finch, Topanga, California. See more »


The Art Carney character mistakenly refers to the Commissioner as Lieutenant, then 20 seconds later refers to him correctly as Commissioner. See more »


Hospital Cashier: [Referring to Jones] That's a nice mam, a nice little man, I bet you 8 to 5 he doesn't last to Tuesday.
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Just Plain Dull
8 July 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is post Honeymooner Art Carney. He plays a gun shop owner who sells both to the public and to gangsters. The police become annoyed with him because of his impartial distribution of firearms. He is annoyed with them because every time a witness testifies against one of the baddies, they are found dead. Unfortunately, as he's walking down the street, he witnesses two of his regular customers, a couple of kingpins, slaughtering another witness. Now, "he" is the witness. Being an expert at firearms, he goes to a seventh floor hotel room with a package containing a silencer and high powered rifle. He proceeds to snipe the two guys. Now he feels he must be in protective custody. He admits to the crime, but because of his tame appearance, the police refuse to put him in jail for more than a few minutes. They just won't cooperate. If there are any redeeming qualities of this episode, I guess it's Art Carney, but in this role, he isn't even that interesting.

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