During a massive manhunt for escaped convict Sam Cobbett, Cobbett invades a house where young housewife Mary Schaffner is home alone.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Alfred Hitchcock - Host
Sam Cobbett
Mary Schaffner
Lamont Johnson ...
David Schaffner
Warden Jacob
Hal K. Dawson ...
Willis the Co-Pilot (as Bob Patten)
Steven Clark ...
Pilot (as Steve Clark)
William Pullen ...
Prison Guard (as Bill Pullen)
Suzie (as Wendy Winkleman)


A dangerous convict has escaped from the state penitentiary, and the alarm has gone out. The convict finds a house where a young wife is currently alone, waiting for her husband to return. He enters her kitchen, and threatens her with a knife. He listens to the radio to see how the search for him is coming, and then starts to give her orders. Written by Snow Leopard

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Release Date:

15 January 1956 (USA)  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Remade as Alfred Hitchcock Presents: Prisoners (1985) See more »

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It Could Have Been Better
8 October 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is about power and threat. It's about the John Cassavetes character. a thief and murderer who comes to a farm house and holds the woman there hostage. He terrorizes her and threatens her. There is a building of suspense, but there seems to be something wrong with this whole thing. I won't spoil it, but while Cassavetes is quite good in his nervous, hyperactive role, the crossing of characters doesn't seem very realistic. He's also a bit too kind. He is in a desperate situation and his self preservation should come first. He makes way too many mistakes. He also is very slow to get on with what he is going to do. He tells her, "If I kill someone, what can they do to me?" The answer is that they can throw him in prison. That's a very powerful threat. Why does this sociopath get so careless? I may watch this again to see if it works very well a second time.

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