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When Carl Spann's wife Elsa is assaulted by an unknown attacker, he drives his still-incoherent wife around town, hoping she can point him out, so he can kill him.

Director:

Alfred Hitchcock

Writers:

Francis M. Cockrell (teleplay) (as Francis Cockrell), Samuel Blas (story)
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Episode complete credited cast:
Alfred Hitchcock ... Himself - Host
Ralph Meeker ... Carl Spann
Vera Miles ... Elsa Spann
Frances Bavier ... Mrs. Fergusen
Ray Montgomery ... Man in Grey Suit
John Gallaudet ... Doctor
Ray Teal ... Police Lieutenant
Norman Willis ... Cop
John Daheim John Daheim ... Cop (as John Day)
Lillian O'Malley Lillian O'Malley ... Hotel Maid
Herbert Lytton ... Police Lieutenant
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Storyline

Carl and Elsa Spann have moved into a trailer park in California, after Elsa suffered a nervous breakdown. She is adjusting well to a more peaceful lifestyle, after her rigorous training as a ballerina. But then Carl comes home from work to find Elsa shocked and traumatized after a man assaulted her in the trailer. The police investigate, but find little to go on. Carl becomes increasingly angry about what has happened, and he is determined to kill the man responsible, if he can find him. Written by Snow Leopard

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 October 1955 (USA) See more »

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Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

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1.33 : 1
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This episode is based on the short story "Revenge" by Samuel Blas. This story was first published in Colliers (January 11, 1947). See more »

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When the neighbor comes over, she asks for half a glass of apple juice, but when woman pours the two glasses, she fills them both to the top. See more »

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[afterword]
Alfred Hitchcock - Host: Well, they were a pathetic couple. We had intended to call that one "Death of a Salesman", but there were protests from certain quarters. Naturally, Elsa's husband was caught, indicted, tried, convicted, sentenced and paid his debt to society for taking the law into his own hands. You see, crime does not pay. Not even on television. You must have a sponsor. Here is ours, after which I'll return.
[commercial break]
Alfred Hitchcock - Host: That was beautifully put. In fact, after hearing that, there's nothing ...
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7 March 2016 | by gavin6942See all my reviews

When Carl Spann (Ralph Meeker)'s wife Elsa (Vera Miles) is assaulted by an unknown attacker, he drives his still-incoherent wife around town, hoping she can point him out, so he can kill him.

As the debut episode, this is definitely a strong one. When you only have twenty minutes to tell a whole story, you have to be good. Hitchcock himself directs this one, and it has a nice plot with solid characters and better than average actors.

In many ways, this show is more like a series of mini-movies. And a little bit darker than "Twilight Zone". Well, maybe not darker. But set in more realistic settings than some of the "Twilight Zone" episodes. They are great companions.


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