Alfred Hitchcock Presents: Season 2, Episode 31

The Night the World Ended (28 Apr. 1957)

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A news man plays a joke on a homeless man by showing him a fake article that says the world is going end that night, it has deadly results.


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Himself - Host
Russell Collins ...
Mr. Halloran
Edith Barrett ...
Felicia Green
Robert Ross ...
Bart Burns ...
Nick the Bartender
Joseph Marr ...
Security Guard (as Joe Marr)
Ned Wever ...
Clark Howat ...
Jim, a Bar Patron
Robert Ellis ...
Street Kid
Billy Miller ...
Street Kid
Charles Herbert ...
Street Kid
Michael Ross ...
Timothy (as Mike Ross)


Halloran plays a practical joke on a man named Johnny. He shows him a fake newspaper with a headline reading "World to End Tonight --- 11:45 P.M." Johnny believes the headline and decides to live it up. He gets into trouble and shoots someone. A few minutes before 11:45 he sees the real headline and realizes that he has been tricked. Johnny finds Halloran and shoots him. The reporter dies at 11:45. Written by Anonymous

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What do you do if you don't have much time left?
27 October 2012 | by (Denmark) – See all my reviews

A group of guys are sitting in a bar(no, there's no joke there, they're not from different cultures or anything), drinking and joking. Suddenly, another one enters, his face white. He shows the others why: the early edition of the paper, with a headline warning that the world is coming to an end, tonight. What follows is a compelling psychological study of what happens to human behavior when we believe we'll die soon. Our lead is Johnny(Collins, with regrets and loneliness painted all over his face, without him looking pitiful to the point where we can't relate to him), as he tries to enjoy his last hours, and help others to do the same. This is paced well, at 25 minutes, keeping it moving along nicely throughout, no real slumps. The filming and foreshadowing are excellent, and with clear Hitchcockian inspiration. This is not so much "scary" as it is interesting and saddening - regular life, the less pretty side. There is good tension, built up well, and there are some great, sudden shocks. Acting is solid for all

  • heck, even the children are fairly natural(and notice the tall one,

then look in the credits afterwards), even saying things like "gee whiz", "golly", and other things no one in real life has ever said in the history of the universe. Dialog is very natural. I recommend this to any fan of this type of thing. 8/10

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