Cavalcade of America: Season 5, Episode 21

The Frightened Witness (19 Feb. 1957)

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Leaving his shop,a butcher witnesses a car run down a man on the street, but before he can give the police a description, he's threatened by a gangster.The victim was a crime investigator, ... See full summary »

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Dan Duryea ...
Joe Kohler
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Craig (as Harold Stone)
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Harriet Kohler
Herbert Rudley ...
Lt. Folson
Christian Pasques ...
Jimmy Kohler
Wendy Winkelman ...
Betty Kohler
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Mrs. Littlefield
Lewis Charles ...
Hood
Edward Jerome ...
Doc Staples
James Nolan ...
Police Officer (as Jim Nolan)
Philip Van Zandt ...
Mario
Dan Riss ...
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Leaving his shop,a butcher witnesses a car run down a man on the street, but before he can give the police a description, he's threatened by a gangster.The victim was a crime investigator, and the "accident" was a hit. The butcher and his family is stalked and terrorized by the crooks from then on. Written by WesternOne

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Fine Duryea bit
16 March 2010 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

"THE FRIGHTENED WITNESS" This episode is from Dupont's Cavalcade of America 1952-57 anthology series. Duryea is the owner operator of a small neighbourhood butcher shop. After a long day he closes shop and heads for home. He has just stepped outside and Duryea sees a man crossing the street get creamed by an oncoming vehicle. The car makes no attempt to stop and speeds away. A crowd gathers but the man is dead. Duryea says he caught the plate number and heads for his phone. One of the onlookers, Harold Stone, follows Duryea back into his shop. Several fists to Duryea's face quickly get his attention. Stone "suggests" that he actually did not see the plate. The "accident" was It seems a mob hit. Seeing a photo of Duryea and his family, Stone threatens harm to all if Duryea does not play along. Duryea agrees and tells the police it was too dark to get the plate number. The mob has Duryea followed and parks a car outside his house. This eats away at Duryea who just wants to protect his family. He knows that once things cool down the mob will come for him anyway. He decides to fight back and calls the cops. John Law swoops in and grabs up Stone and several of his thugs. A long visit on the State soon gets them out of Duryea's life.


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