The Initiation 

A fraternity prank backfires, when a group of frat boys who love morbid practical jokes tells their nerd pledge to shoot their housemother with a gun filled with blanks.


Robert Iscove


Jim Beaver (teleplay) (as James Norman Beaver Jr.), Rob Hedden (teleplay) | 1 more credit »




Episode cast overview:
Alfred Hitchcock ... Himself - Host (archive footage)
Marion Ross ... Margaret Sturdevant
Peter Spence Peter Spence ... Andrew / Duke
Dean Hamilton ... John Mitchell
Albert Schultz ... Greg Turner
Jesse Collins Jesse Collins ... Rick Muldoon
Andrew Jackson ... Parks
Doug Lennox ... Patrol Man


When Andrew applies to join the Delta Chi Omega fraternity, the members see their chance to have a little fun. In fact, they're all great jokesters, pulling pranks on their house mother, Margaret Sturdevant, at every occasion. Given that Andrew is bookish and a music student, they see the perfect opportunity to involve him in a complex practical joke involving Mrs. Sturdevant and a gun that is supposed to be loaded with blanks. Just who is playing a joke on whom? Written by garykmcd

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Release Date:

24 January 1987 (USA) See more »

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Alfred Hitchcock - Host: Good evening. I'm answering my correspondence. I receive some very interesting letters, threatening and otherwise.
Alfred Hitchcock - Host: "Dear Mr Hitchcock, I am a man of 60, with a wife of 22. We have a handsome young man of 25 rooming with us. Yesterday I discovered ground glass in my sugar. Is this unusual? Anxious." Dear Anxious, yes this is unusual. I believe arsenic is customary in cases of this kind, but your wife is young: I'm sure she'll learn.
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Alfred Hitchcock - Host: "Dear Mr Hitchcock, we have endured ...
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