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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.


Alfred Hitchcock


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


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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Release Date:

2 October 1955 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


This is the first show of the Hitchcock Presents series - E1,S1. See more »


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 »


Alfred Hitchcock - Host: You see: crime does not pay. Not even on television. You must have a sponsor. Here is ours, after which I'll return.
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Featured in Hitchcock/Truffaut (2015) See more »

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Just discovered this is a copy
11 November 2018 | by fcm1985See all my reviews

I used to think this episode was highly original but I just discovered that the story is a copy from the first story in the first edition of the Crime Suspenstories Magazine, from 5 years early. The story is practically the same, except the victim on the magazine is the protagonist's father. Even so, it's a good episode. I think it's even better tham the original story from wich this derives. It has a tense atmosphere and is well directed. For those curious about it, I recomend to search for a copy of the first Crime Suspenstories edition to see how similar the stories are.

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