Alfred Hitchcock Presents: Season 1, Episode 18

Shopping for Death (29 Jan. 1956)

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Two retired insurance salesmen confront an aggressive, hostile woman in hopes of saving her from a disaster.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Himself - Host
Mrs. Shrike
Robert H. Harris ...
Clarence Fox (as Robert Harris)
Elmer Shore
Michael Ross ...
Albert Shrike (as Mike Ross)
Alfred Linder
Charlotte Knight
Lee Erickson
Jack Tesler
Leola Wendorff ...
(as Laiola Wendorff)
Ralph Montgomery
Bob Morgan


Two retired insurance salesmen have been visiting the scenes of accidents and crimes, feeling that they have a responsibility to learn why such things happen. One of them has found an aggressive, hostile woman whom he considers to be a prime candidate for a personal disaster. On a blisteringly hot day, the two follow her as she does some shopping, and watch as she antagonizes several persons. After some discussion, they decide to take a chance on helping her, and they go up to her apartment to talk to her. Written by Snow Leopard

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29 January 1956 (USA)  »

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Although it is supposed to be 89 degrees and hot and humid, when the two salesmen are outside of the butcher shop, you can see the breath coming from the mouth one of the salesmen as if it is very cold. See more »


Albert Shrike: What was that hanging from his belt in the back?
Elmer Shore: A longshoreman's hook! What temperature is it now?
Albert Shrike: [reads the thermometer] 92 degrees Fahrenheit!
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Searing Heat!
8 October 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Ray Bradbury, who wrote the story, had many insights into human behavior. Two retired salesman have made it their post retirement work to try to save people who are self destructive and hopeless. They seem to always be on the scene of suicides and accident scenes. They make it a project to try to save a forty-five year old woman who is abusive and angry. She baits the butcher, chases kids, turns her radio up to annoy her fellow tenants. In short, she is one ugly being. I won't give it away, but they do their best to intervene, but succumb to their own baser instincts when the chips are down. Bradbury characters are talky and introspective and often reach for the unattainable. This is a good episode. The acting, especially the woman, is quite good. But it is cynical and sad. She is a human being and has been victimized by her poverty and her hopelessness.

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