Alfred Hitchcock Presents: Season 1, Episode 16

You Got to Have Luck (15 Jan. 1956)

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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:
Sam Cobbett
Himself - Host
Mary Schaffner
Lamont Johnson ...
David Schaffner
Warden Jacob
Vivi Janiss ...
Hal K. Dawson ...
Robert Patten ...
Willis the Co-Pilot (as Bob Patten)
Steven Clark ...
Pilot (as Steve Clark)
William Pullen ...
Prison Guard (as Bill Pullen)
Wendy Winkelman ...
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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Cassevetes is great
3 July 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Robert Stevens directed a boatload of episodes in this series, but in this one he's only the third most noteworthy director. There's Hitchcock, of course, and there's John Cassevetes (The Killing of a Chinese Bookie), who is one of the two lead actors. This is one of my favorite episodes of Season 1.

Cassevetes gives a very strong, modern performance as an escaped convict who invades a young woman's home. He's menacing, and there are about as many allusive sexual threats as they could show in those days.

I'm not sure if all actions here make sense (if you're going to dote on this, then don't bother with the series), it's not ridiculously unrealistic. The ending makes me want to re-watch to see why I didn't see it coming.

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