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You Got to Have Luck 

During a massive manhunt for escaped convict Sam Cobbett, Cobbett invades a house where young housewife Mary Schaffner is home alone.


Robert Stevens


Eustace Cockrell (teleplay), Francis M. Cockrell (teleplay) (as Francis Cockrell) | 1 more credit »




Episode complete credited cast:
Alfred Hitchcock ... Himself - Host
John Cassavetes ... Sam Cobbett
Marisa Pavan ... Mary Schaffner
Lamont Johnson Lamont Johnson ... David Schaffner
Ray Teal ... Warden Jacobs
Vivi Janiss ... Maude Martin
Hal K. Dawson Hal K. Dawson ... Secretary
Robert Patten ... Willis the Co-Pilot (as Bob Patten)
Steven Clark Steven Clark ... Pilot (as Steve Clark)
William Pullen ... Prison Guard (as Bill Pullen)
Wendy Winkelman ... Susie Martin (as Wendy Winkleman)


A dangerous convict has escaped from the state penitentiary, and the alarm has gone out. The convict finds a house where a young wife is currently alone, waiting for her husband to return. He enters her kitchen, and threatens her with a knife. He listens to the radio to see how the search for him is coming, and then starts to give her orders. Written by Snow Leopard

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Release Date:

15 January 1956 (USA) See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Shamley Productions See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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[first lines]
Himself - Host: Good evening. The, uh, hourglass is a wonderful invention. But I'm afraid it will never replace the sundial. Certainly not in my garden. This one doesn't even work. I sent it to a jeweler's to be cleaned and he removed all the sand.
[puts a small hourglass on top of the big one]
Himself - Host: Fortunately, the second hand still functions. Time is very important to the characters in tonight's story. One of them is doing it. For another, time seems to be running out. Time is also very important in ...
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Remade as Alfred Hitchcock Presents: Prisoners (1985) See more »

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Cassevetes is great
3 July 2013 | by Archbishop_LaudSee all my reviews

Robert Stevens directed a boatload of episodes in this series, but in this one he's only the third most noteworthy director. There's Hitchcock, of course, and there's John Cassevetes (The Killing of a Chinese Bookie), who is one of the two lead actors. This is one of my favorite episodes of Season 1.

Cassevetes gives a very strong, modern performance as an escaped convict who invades a young woman's home. He's menacing, and there are about as many allusive sexual threats as they could show in those days.

I'm not sure if all actions here make sense (if you're going to dote on this, then don't bother with the series), it's not ridiculously unrealistic. The ending makes me want to re-watch to see why I didn't see it coming.

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