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Road Hog 

A very rude traveling salesman forces a truck off the road, causing a delay in emergency care for an injured young man, who dies.


Stuart Rosenberg


Bill S. Ballinger (teleplay by), Harold R. Daniels (based on a story by)




Episode cast overview:
Alfred Hitchcock ... Himself - Host
Raymond Massey ... Sam Pine
Robert Emhardt ... Ed Fratus
Ray Teal ... Ben Tulip
Richard Chamberlain ... Clay Pine
Brad Weston Brad Weston ... Sam Pine Jr.
Roscoe Ates ... Tavern Customer
Jack Easton Jr. Jack Easton Jr. ... Davey Pine
Gordon Wynn Gordon Wynn ... The Doctor
Betsy Hale Betsy Hale ... Little Girl


Ed Fratus is a traveling salesman specializing in novelty items sold in bars and saloons. He's also a mean and arrogant type who isn't all that well-liked by almost everyone he comes across. Driving along a narrow road, Fratus refuses to let a pick-up truck pass him. Little does he know that local farmer Sam Pine is trying desperately to get his severely injured son to a hospital. When the boy dies, Sam and his two surviving sons devise a plan to ensure Fratus understands there is a cost to be paid for his arrogance and selfishness. Written by garykmcd

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Release Date:

6 December 1959 (USA) See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


In one scene, you can see a pinball game called "Thing," manufactured by Chicago Coin in 1951. See more »


Remade as Alfred Hitchcock Presents: Road Hog (1986) See more »

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Ed Fratus Is A Very Mean Man
16 September 2018 | by jasonbourneagainSee all my reviews

A believable and chilling story about a selfish, arrogant and very mean country salesman named Ed Fratus. Right off the bat, he spoils a little girl's day. She is playing with a butterfly and minding her own business. Fratus seems like an okay salesman, but a good one knows his customers and treats them fairly. Not Ed Fratus. He's just out for himself and to make a quick buck selling trinkets that people haven't seen before. He keeps saying that he won't come back unless they buy more from him. Later, we witness an accident to a local farmer's son with their bull. The father and two sons are driving the third son to a doctor, but they come upon Ed driving leisurely to another location. There was no need for Fratus to do what he did, but he ends up being true to his character just caring about no one but himself. It was no skin off his nose as he says. Thus, what happens to Fratus towards the climax is just desserts. Robert Emhardt does a great job playing Fratus so that we end up hating him. We end feeling relieved and justified to see what happened to mean Ed. The audience wants to see justice done and they are rewarded.

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