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Don't Come Back Alive 

Frank Partridge and his wife plot to cheat their life insurance company by having her hide out for 7 years and declared legally dead, but an investigator believes Mr. Partridge has murdered her.


Robert Stevenson


Robert C. Dennis (teleplay) (as Robert Dennis)

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Episode complete credited cast:
Alfred Hitchcock ... Himself - Host
Sidney Blackmer ... Frank Partridge
Virginia Gregg ... Mildred Partridge
Robert Emhardt ... Mr. Kettle
Irene Tedrow ... Lucy - Sister-in-law
Edna Holland ... Librarian


Frank and Mildred Partridge are struggling with their finances. Frank has just landed a new job, but it won't start for another month. As they try to make light of their situation, Frank gets an idea. He persuades his wife to disappear for seven years, so that she can be declared legally dead in order to collect on their life insurance policy. She reluctantly agrees, and moves away under an assumed name. They plan to meet each other regularly, but an insurance investigator becomes suspicious of her absence, and thinks that Frank has killed her. Left almost entirely on her own, Mildred comes to prefer her new way of life. Written by Snow Leopard

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Release Date:

23 October 1955 (USA) See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Shamley Productions See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Frank (Sidney Blackmer) talks about the future, when, after six or seven years, he'll be sixty years old; but the actor himself actually saw his sixtieth birthday several months before this episode was made. See more »


[first lines]
Himself - Host: Good evening, ladies and gentlemen, and especially the gentlemen. All of you have, at one time or another, speculated on how it would be to be separated from your wife for a week or a weekend. Ah, but have you ever thought about being away from the little woman for seven years? Oh, you have? Well, in that case, you will be even more interested in tonight's play, called "Don't Come Back Alive." It's a homey little story of intrigue, jealousy, avarice, and fraud. It will follow ...
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It Came Upon The Midnight Clear
Music by Richard Storrs Willis
Lyrics by Edmund Hamilton Sears
Sung by carolers outside Vallardi's Restaurant
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Where'd He Get the Money
3 October 2008 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

This episode is ludicrous. From a loving couple to a plot to be financially free. The huge risk of hiding out for seven years. The watchdog insurance guy. What's in it for him. He is Javert. He is obsessed. The whole plan is so far fetched that one can never become involved in it. We have people who have no money, yet they maintain the home that was about to be foreclosed on and the other goes to San Francisco and lives there. These are plot elements that can't be forgiven. The man seems to have a happy life. The wife is miserable and in love with him. It should have been obvious to him that he was never going to see that money when the insurance guy suspected him from the beginning. I don't know about companies in the fifties, but there would have been some investigation. What about the police. It's just a terrible episode.

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