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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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The house used is the same one as on "Leave It To Beaver" as both were filmed on the Revue / Universal set. See more »


How could anyone who had been in the military not recognize the weight difference between a toy pistol and real pistol. He should have noticed the weight discrepancy when he moved his holstered gun from his bag to the drawer. Instead, he had to find a box of ammo to realize something was wrong. And then he walks all around a crowded shopping area an not one man recognizes the gun as the real thing. This is especially curious because this was only shortly after World War II and very close to the end of the Korean conflict. So, there were a lot of veterans. Many combat veterans walking around. See more »


[afterword - Hitchcock steps out of the theater]
Alfred Hitchcock - Host: After an experience like that, we need something to break the spell and I have just the thing. I shall rejoin you in a moment.
[commercial break]
Alfred Hitchcock - Host: On rare occasions, we have stories on this program which do not lend themselves to levity. "Bang! You're Dead" is a case in point. We only hope that this play has dramatized for parents the importance of keeping firearms and ammunition out of reach of children. Accidents of this type occur far too ...
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Remade as Alfred Hitchcock Presents: Pilot (1985) See more »

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just as relevant today!
26 April 2018 | by talonjensenSee all my reviews

The message for parents is just as relevant today as it was when this aired.

Should be required viewing for all married couples about to have children. I usually only give high ratings to episodes that have an unexpected twist at the end, one I can't predict. This episode is an exception.

Nice, pointed speech at the end from Hitchcock.

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