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Victim Four 

A man searches for his brain injured wife who has to walk home from work nightly, in the midst of a serial killer.


Paul Henreid


Talmage Powell (story), Talmage Powell (teleplay)


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Episode complete credited cast:
Alfred Hitchcock ... Himself - Host
Peggy Ann Garner ... Madeline Drake
John Lupton ... Ralph Morrow
Paul Comi ... Joe Drake
Bryan O'Byrne ... Mr. Tuttle
Nesdon Booth Nesdon Booth ... The Bartender
Stephanie Hill ... The Young Girl
Glenn Stensel Glenn Stensel ... The Young Man
Harry Hines Harry Hines ... The Old Man


Joe Drake has been having a rough time. After he and his wife Madeline suffered a serious fall, he shattered his leg and has since required several operations. He can't work and his wife, who escaped fall with only a concussion, is the only earner working as a waitress. When she is late coming home from work one evening, he becomes concerned, mostly because of a series of grisly murders and a killer the press have called The Butcher. He sets off looking for her with a one-time rival for Madeline's affection, Ralph Morrow. He is desperate to find her but eventually comes face to face with the killer, knife in hand. Written by garykmcd

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15 May 1962 (USA) See more »

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Shamley Productions See more »
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1.33 : 1
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Night stroll
16 September 2012 | by sol1218See all my reviews

***SPOILERS*** One of the better master's, Alfred Hitchcock Presents,episodes involving this faceless killer dubbed by the local media as "The Butcher" who's been on a tear murdering, with a butcher knife, three people over the last two weeks. As things turn out Joe Drake's, Paul Comi, wife Madeline,Peggy Ann Gardner,has been working on the night shift at a local diner and is late from work making Joe very apprehensive to say the least.

There's also Madeline's old flame successful businessman Ralph Morrow, John Lupton, who just happened to show up unexpectedly at her and Joe's shabby apartment to shoot the breeze about old times before Madeline dropped him for Joe. With Madeline late from work and a killer on the loose both Joe and Ralph decide to go but and try to find her before she becomes his next and forth victim!

Very spooky story with the frantic search for Madeline by Joe & Ralph before the killer gets to her first with a very unexpected and shocking ending makes it one of the best of the show's, Alfred Hitchcock Presents,episodes. It was also shot, at the Master's insistence, in a very overcast and dark style making it look more like a dream sequence instead of something out of real life.

***SPOILERS*** In the end Joe finally finds his wife Madeline aimlessly walking in the streets but Ralph isn't around to see it. He instead of Madelibne ended up becoming "The Butcher's" forth victim! And as we soon see it wasn't a random act of murder on "The Butcher's"" part! It was a misguided act of self defense in "the Butcher's" sick and deranged mind!

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