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Remembering nothing of what happened the day before, a talented, alcoholic ad man painfully reconstructs the events of what proves to have been a very bad day indeed.


Bernard Girard


Lou Rambeau (teleplay), John D. MacDonald (short story) | 1 more credit »




Episode cast overview:
Alfred Hitchcock ... Himself - Host
Tony Randall ... Hadley Purvis
Jayne Mansfield ... Marion
Robert P. Lieb Robert P. Lieb ... Bill Hunter (as Robert Lieb)
Myron Healey ... Bob Blake
Tyler McVey Tyler McVey ... D.A. Driscoll
James Maloney James Maloney ... Cushman
June Gale ... The Saleswoman (as June Levant)
William Phipps ... The Bartender
Chris Roman Chris Roman ... Cliff
Richard Franchot Richard Franchot ... Albert
Dodie Heath Dodie Heath ... Sandra Purvis (as Dody Heath)


Hadley Purvis, an advertising man, finds himself facing a divorce if he doesn't knock off his heavy drinking. This does little to slow him down as he continues to drink himself into an alcoholic stupor, and one morning, finds himself at home with a girl named Marion that he picked up the night before. Written by alfiehitchie

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Release Date:

6 December 1962 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hangover See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Shamley Productions See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Features a rare instance where Alfred Hitchcock refrained from making a lighthearted comment at the episode's end. Rather, he noted the seriousness of the episode's subject (alcoholism) and urged those affected by it to seek help. See more »


Himself - Host: Naturally, these remarks have nothing at all to do with tonight's story. They are meant to divert your attention so that our sponsor can sneak up on you. And here he is, ready to pounce.
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Tony Randall at his best
14 July 2009 | by GreatornotSee all my reviews

Very well done. If there were any sort of ironies is that the other Felix Unger, Jack Lemmon from the film version, just a few years later played a hapless drunk in 'Save the Tiger'. Randall was at his best in this episode. Very powerful and really a timeless tale of the woes of alcoholism. You had the whole nine yards , the white collar pressures, the social yen for a drink or two or more in a business situation, and of course the progression of a working stiff gradually falling into the abyss. I believe this episode like so many others from Mr. Hitchcock was a commentary on life as well as a lesson. I also liked the couple of touches of how little people cared for Pervis plight. The bartender at the hotel ultimately wanted some money when he should have cut off Pervis. Pervis coworker smooth talked him just to get some money back on money he laid out for Mr. Pervis. This episode , perhaps showed how people truly are wrapped up in their own petty little lives and perhaps , this is what led Pervis to drink. Interesting fodder. Just a wonderful episode but it was a little draggy at times. I can only imagine that this was a pivotal point in society , when ' The one for the road' transitioned to taboo and lets have a designated driver. I am totally guessing, but come to that conclusion because of Mr. Hitchcocks poignant monologue at the end of the episode. Never the less interesting and an episode to have a 'drink' to.... provided I am not driving of course.

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