An arrogant detective, Charles Courtney, prides himself on never having committed a single mistake in his long and distinguished career. He keeps a shelf of labeled mementos from each of his cases. On the shelf there is an open space and a blank tag for what Courtney calls "The Perfect Crime". One day a defense lawyer stuns Courtney when he confronts him with evidence that the detective helped convict an innocent man who has since been executed. Courtney kills the lawyer, bakes him in a pottery kiln, and places the vase in the open space on his shelf as a memento to his perfect crime. Written by
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Among the items in Charles Courtney's (Vincent Price) trophy cabinet is an alarm clock labeled "Cockrell 1905." This seems to be a nod to Francis M. Cockrell (and his wife Marian Cockrell) who wrote many scripts for Alfred Hitchcock Presents. In fact, Francis M. Cockrell wrote the first four episodes personally directed by Hitchcock. In addition, the clock is stopped at 4 o'clock, alluding to the premiere episode of the "spin-off" series Suspicion entitled "Four O'Clock" directed by Hitchcock and scripted by Cockrell. See more
According to the card Courtney places next to the pistol, the events of this story take place in 1912; however while Courtney is talking to Gregory, he uses the expression "Drop a bombshell." That expression came out of World War I which took place from 1914 to 1918. See more
[afterword, Hitchcock walks into Courtney's living room where the furniture is covered in tarps
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I regret to inform you that Courtney did not retain his last trophy very long. He was caught. A charwoman knocked over the precious vase, breaking it into pieces, a few of them identifiable as, ah, bits of Mr. Gregory. You see, the gold fillings of his teeth had resisted the heat of the kiln, but all the good doctors and all the good police couldn't put Mr. Gregory together again. As for the ...