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Bang! You're Dead 

A 5-year-old boy finds his uncle's revolver, partially loads it with bullets, and plays with it in public, unaware of its deadly power.


Alfred Hitchcock


Harold Swanton (teleplay), Margery Vosper (from a story by)




Episode cast overview:
Alfred Hitchcock ... Himself - Host
Stephen Dunne ... Rick Sheffield (as Steve Dunne)
Biff Elliot ... Fred Chester (as Biff Elliott)
Lucy Prentis Lucy Prentis ... Amy Chester (as Lucy Prentiss)
Juanita Moore ... Cleo
Marta Kristen ... Jiffy Snack Girl
John Zaremba ... Market Manager
Karl Lukas Karl Lukas ... The Mailman
Olan Soule ... Darlene's Daddy
Craig Duncan Craig Duncan ... The Market Clerk
Thayer Burton Thayer Burton ... The Cashier
Bill Mumy ... Jackie Chester (as Billy Mumy)


Rick Sheffield visits his brother and sister-in-law after a lengthy absence living in Africa. His nephew Jackie unpacks his suitcase and finds a revolver. Jackie and his friends are always playing with their toy guns and Jackie goes around town, pointing the gun and pulling the trigger, oblivious to the fact that there is a live round in the chamber. When his parents and uncle realize he has the gun, they set off on a frantic search but not before he fires at someone. Written by garykmcd

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17 October 1961 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Looks like little Jackie's house is the same one the Cleaver's lived in on "Leave it to Beaver" (the later episodes). See more »


The cartridges in the revolver are obviously dummies. See more »


[introduction - HItchcock is in the box office of a movie theater]
Alfred Hitchcock - Host: Good evening and welcome to "Alfred Hitchcock Presents". The feature is about to commence. Please don't be alarmed. We are not charging admission. This is not pay-TV. As usual, all we ask is that on those occasions when you can't view our show, that you let us know so that we can send it to someone else. Please don't be a no-show.
[steps out of the box office with a gun]
Alfred Hitchcock - Host: This is not a holdup. I wish to dramatize the title of ...
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References Summer Holiday (1948) See more »

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Best Episode of Series
12 November 2007 | by louis-kingSee all my reviews

Hitchcock always manages to tap into our nightmares. Here, Hitch plays out the well known tragedy where a child gets his hands on a gun.

A young boy's Uncle is visiting and tells the boy he's brought a special gift for him from Africa.

You see the boy go up to his Uncle's room, open his suitcase and take out the gun, which of course looks cooler than the toy gun he's always playing with. He also finds the bullets and loads 2 or 3 into the revolver, then puts the revolver into the toy western holster he's always wearing. Since everyone's used to seeing the boy playing with his toy gun and holster, no one notices that it's a real gun when the boy goes out to play.

Because the boy didn't fully load the revolver, Hitchcock creates more tension of the Russian Roulette kind. The boy actually pantomimes pointing the gun at someone and pulls the trigger on a empty chamber a couple of times.

While the boy is out wandering around, play acting like a cowboy, the parents and Uncle figure out what's happened and frantically call around town to locate the boy. There's a very effective scene in the supermarket where the boy's name is called out through the public address system at the very moment he's standing next to the coffee grinder and a customer grinds coffee.

No one in town is aware of how dangerous the boy is.

This excellent episode is unlike the others in the series since there is no ironic black comedy twist at the end. It's a miniature Hitchock movie where the viewer knows something awful is going to happen unless the characters can stop it in time.

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