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List of Alfred Hitchcock Presents episodes

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List of episodes from the 1955–1962 television series Alfred Hitchcock Presents and the 1962–1965 The Alfred Hitchcock Hour:

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Series overview

SeasonTitleEpisodesOriginally airedRankRating
First airedLast airedNetwork
1Alfred Hitchcock Presents39October 2, 1955 (1955-10-02)June 24, 1956 (1956-06-24)CBS
239September 30, 1956 (1956-09-30)June 23, 1957 (1957-06-23)633.9
339October 6, 1957 (1957-10-06)June 29, 1958 (1958-06-29)1230.3
(Tied with Cheyenne)
436October 5, 1958 (1958-10-05)June 21, 1959 (1959-06-21)2426.8
538September 27, 1959 (1959-09-27)September 25, 1960 (1960-09-25)2524.1
638September 27, 1960 (1960-09-27)July 4, 1961 (1961-07-04)NBC
739[a]October 10, 1961 (1961-10-10)June 26, 1962 (1962-06-26)
8The Alfred Hitchcock Hour32September 20, 1962 (1962-09-20)May 24, 1963 (1963-05-24)CBS
932September 27, 1963 (1963-09-27)July 3, 1964 (1964-07-03)
1029October 5, 1964 (1964-10-05)May 10, 1965 (1965-05-10)NBC
  1. ^ The 39th episode was never broadcast.


Season 1 (1955–56)

No. in
No. in
Title Directed by Written by Stars Original air date
11"Revenge"Alfred HitchcockStory by : Samuel Blas
Teleplay by : Francis Cockrell
Ralph Meeker as Carl, Vera Miles as ElsaOctober 2, 1955 (1955-10-02)

While Carl (Meeker) is at work, his wife Elsa (Miles) is apparently attacked and left traumatized by an intruder in their trailer park home. After reporting it to the police and talking to Elsa's doctor, Carl decides to take Elsa on a vacation. Later, while driving in town, Elsa points out a man as her attacker. Seeking revenge, an enraged Carl follows the man and kills him in his hotel room. But a little later, Elsa, still mentally disturbed, identifies another man as her attacker, leading Carl to realize, too late, that he might have killed an innocent man as the police close in on them. Elsa is taken away to a mental hospital while Carl is tried, convicted and sentenced to prison for taking the law into his own hands.

Supporting cast: Frances Bavier, Ray Montgomery, John Gallaudet, Ray Teal
22"Premonition"Robert StevensHarold SwantonJohn Forsythe as Kim, Warren Stevens, Cloris LeachmanOctober 9, 1955 (1955-10-09)

Kim (Forsythe) returns home to the U.S. from four years in Paris, hoping to reunite with his estranged father. He learns that his father died four years ago, a fact that his brother and sister-in-law did not tell him. Kim suspects foul play, but eventually learns that he is the one who killed his father, and he has been in a mental hospital for four years; his memories of Paris are just a delusion.

Supporting cast: George MacReady, Percy Helton, Harry Tyler, Paul Brinegar
33"Triggers in Leash"Don MedfordStory by : Allen Vaughn Elston
Teleplay by : Dick Carr
Ellen Corby as Old Maggie, Gene Barry as Dell, Darren McGavin as RedOctober 16, 1955 (1955-10-16)

Cowboys Red (McGavin) and Dell (Barry) meet in old Maggie (Corby)'s roadhouse and threaten a shoot-out. Maggie does her best to negotiate a peace, eventually convincing them to only shoot each other when the clock strikes. When the clock mysteriously stops, the men take it to be a sign from God and leave peacefully. The light-hearted ending is enhanced by an explanation of why the clock stops.

Supporting cast: Casey MacGregor
44"Don't Come Back Alive"Robert StevensonRobert DennisSidney Blackmer as Frank PartridgeOctober 23, 1955 (1955-10-23)

Financially strapped couple Frank (Blackmer) and Mildred Partridge (Gregg) scheme to have Mildred "disappear" for seven years and declared legally dead in order to collect Frank's insurance pay-off. Insurance investigator Mr. Kettle (Emhardt) suspects that Frank killed Mildred, and his constant hounding of Frank means that the couple cannot be in contact with each other. The night before the seven years is up, Frank is visited by Mildred, who has moved on with life, and she declares that she wants a divorce and an end to the scheme. In a rage, Frank bludgeons her to death with a figurine and buries her in his garden. The next day Kettle apologizes to Frank for his assumption, and offers to help him with his garden.

Supporting cast: Virginia Gregg as Mildred Partridge, Robert Emhardt as Mr. Kettle, Irene Tedrow
55"Into Thin Air"
"The Vanishing Lady"
Don MedfordMarian CockrellPat Hitchcock as Diana WinthropOctober 30, 1955 (1955-10-30)

Paris, 1899. British Mrs. Winthrop (Forbes) and her daughter Diana (Hitchcock) are on their way home via France, and check into a Paris hotel. Mrs. Winthrop is suddenly ill, and the hotel doctor (Mylong) sends Diana to his home for medicine. When Diana returns, the front-desk clerk (Marsac) and other hotel employees claim to have no recollection of her, nor is there any record that the Winthrops were ever there. Diana goes to the embassy, where her story is believed only by Basil Farnham (Toone). Diana and Basil demand to see the room, which is very different from Diana's description, but Diana rips off the wallpaper, proving that there is a conspiracy at hand. The cover-up is revealed to have been set in place by the French government, because Mrs. Winthrop, who is now dead, had the bubonic plague. Based on the Legend of the Vanishing Lady.

Supporting cast: Geoffrey Toone as Basil Farnham, Alan Napier, Maurice Marsac as the clerk, Mary Forbes as Mrs. Winthrop, Ann Codee, Gerry Gaylor, John Mylong as the hotel doctor, Albert d'Arno, Peter Camlin, Jack Chefe, Michael Hadlow
66"Salvage"Justus AddissStory by : Fred Freiberger
Teleplay by : Fred Freiberger & Dick Carr
Gene Barry as Dan, Nancy Gates as Lois WilliamsNovember 6, 1955 (1955-11-06)

Lois (Gates) expects ex-con Dan (Barry) to kill her as revenge for her causing his brother's death. Dan is surprised when Lois refuses to put up a fight. He seemingly has a change of heart and offers her a business deal. Lois sets up a boutique, which after months of hard work is launched successfully. Dan also convinces Lois's ex-boyfriend, Tim, to reconcile with her. Lois, now happy and full of life, expresses her gratitude, but Dan reveals that he did all of it so that Lois would not want to die, and that now he can kill her with satisfaction, which he does by shooting her to death the moment he's done talking.

Supporting cast: Maxine Cooper, Elisha Cook, Jr., Virginia Christine
77"Breakdown"Alfred HitchcockStory by : Louis Pollock
Teleplay by : Francis Cockrell & Louis Pollock
Joseph Cotten as Mr. CallewNovember 13, 1955 (1955-11-13)

Cynical movie producer Mr. Callew (Cotten) fires a long-time employee on the phone and scoffs at his crying. Callew later gets into a car accident and is completely paralyzed. He is robbed and left for dead and ignored by everyone. Just when Callew is about to be declared legally dead, he saves himself at the last minute by getting the mortician's attentions with his tears.

Supporting cast: Raymond Bailey, Forrest Stanley, Harry Shannon, Lane Chandler, James Edwards, Marvin Press, Murray Alper, Mike Ragan, Aaron Spelling, Harry Landers
88"Our Cook's a Treasure"Robert StevensStory by : Dorothy L. Sayers
Teleplay by : Robert C. Dennis
Everett Sloane as Ralph, Beulah Bondi as Mrs. SuttonNovember 20, 1955 (1955-11-20)

With a serial-murderer maid on the loose in the city, Ralph (Sloane) becomes suspicious of his and his wife Ethel (Ward)'s housemaid, Mrs. Sutton (Bondi). When Ralph gets violent cramps at work, he has his home cocoa analyzed, and it turns out to contain arsenic. Ralph initially blames Mrs. Sutton, until he learns that the serial murderer has been caught. However, Mrs. Sutton confesses to him her unhappiness at having had to lie for Ethel, who is having an affair. Ethel, unaware of what Ralph has learned, offers him a cup of cocoa that she made for him.

Supporting cast: Janet Ward as Ethel, Elliott Reid, Gavin Gordon, Doris Singleton, Walter Woolf King, Olan Soulé
99"The Long Shot"Robert StevensonHarold SwantonPeter Lawford as Charlie Raymond, John Williams as Walker Hendricks/English JimNovember 27, 1955 (1955-11-27)

Heavily indebted Charlie Raymond (Lawford) answers a newspaper ad placed by Walker Hendricks (Williams), who wants a companion for his road trip to San Francisco. During their journey, Charlie learns that Walker is on his way to claim an inheritance from a family that he has never met. Charlie kills Walker and takes his identity to present himself at the lawyer's office. There he is met by a police officer, who informs him that the real Walker Hendricks was killed much earlier, and the man that he had killed was English Jim, another con man who had also been after the inheritance.

Supporting cast: Gertrude Hoffman, Robert Warwick, Frank Gerstle, Charles Cantor, Tim Graham, Virginia Christine
1010"The Case of Mr. Pelham"Alfred HitchcockStory by : Anthony Armstrong
Teleplay by : Francis Cockrell
Tom Ewell as Albert Pelham (both real and fake)December 4, 1955 (1955-12-04)

Albert Pelham (Ewell) is a businessman who has a paranoid suspicion that he has a double who is slowly taking over his life, and is better at it. Pelham varies his schedule and buys a one-of-a-kind neck tie in the hopes of catching his double off-guard. When Pelham returns home, his double is already there, and they are seen together by Pelham's manservant Peterson (Watson). The impassive double points out that Pelham is the imposter by showing that he is wearing an unusual tie, and when Peterson believes him and thinks that Pelham is the impostor, Pelham has a mental breakdown. The impostor Pelham takes over Pelham's life, while the real Pelham is taken away to a lunatic asylum.

Supporting cast: Raymond Bailey, Justice Watson as Peterson, Kirby Smith, Kay Stewart, John Compton, Jan Arvan, Norman Willis, Tim Graham, Richard Collier, Diane Brewster
1111"Guilty Witness"Robert StevensStory by : Morris Hershman
Teleplay by : Robert C. Dennis
Judith Evelyn as Amelia Verber, Kathleen Maguire as Dorothy Crane, Joseph Mantell as Stanley CraneDecember 11, 1955 (1955-12-11)

Stanley (Mantell) and Dorothy (Maguire) Crane live in the apartment below volatile couple Amelia (Evelyn) and Ben (Kemmer) Verber, and often hear them fighting. After a particularly loud fight, Ben mysteriously vanishes, and Dorothy pushes Stanley to find out more. Despite his skepticism, Stanley helps Sgt. Halloran's (Simon) investigation. They eventually discover that Amelia killed and hid Ben's body in the basement, and the reason the fight got so out of hand was because Ben was about to leave Amelia — for Dorothy.

Supporting cast: Robert Simon as Sgt. Halloran, Ed Kemmer as Ben Verber, Grazia Narciso, Laiola Wendorff
1212"Santa Claus and the Tenth Avenue Kid"Don WeisStory by : Margaret Cousins
Teleplay by : Marian Cockrell
Barry Fitzgerald as Harold SearsDecember 18, 1955 (1955-12-18)

Disgruntled ex-con Harold Sears (Fitzgerald) is hired as a department store Santa thanks to his parole officer, Clementine Webster (Gregg). Sears loathes the job but his attention is caught by a cynical poor boy who wants an expensive toy and believes that Santa is unable to give it to him. Sears steals the toy to give it to the boy for Christmas. Sears is caught by the police, but Webster understands Sears' intent and has the charges dropped.

Supporting cast: Virginia Gregg as Clementine Webster, Bobby Clark as the little boy, Arthur Space, Justice Watson, Norman Willis, Betty Harford, Alan Reynolds, Mimi Gibson, Gary Hunley, Wendy Winkleman, Anthony Blankley, Butch Bernard, Noel Green, Tyler McVey, Harrison Lewis
1313"The Cheney Vase"Robert StevensRobert BleesPatricia Collinge as Martha Cheney, Darren McGavin as Lyle EndicottDecember 25, 1955 (1955-12-25)

Lyle Endicott (McGavin) worms his way into the good graces of Martha Cheney (Collinge), a rich, invalid woman with a penchant for sculpture. Lyle hopes to obtain her Cheney vase, which will fetch a high price on the market. Lyle methodically cuts Martha off from the world in the hopes that she will die. When Lyle's girlfriend warns the authorities about his plan, Lyle rushes to Martha's gallery to take the vase, but discovers that Martha has been working on dozens of copies of the vase, and now he is unable to identify the correct one.

Supporting cast: Carolyn Jones, George Macready, Kathryn Card, Ruta Lee
1414"A Bullet for Baldwin"Justus AddissStory by : Joseph Ruscoll
Teleplay by : Eustace and Francis Cockrell
John Qualen as Mr. SteppJanuary 1, 1956 (1956-01-01)

When middle-aged Mr. Stepp (Qualen) is suddenly fired, he shoots his boss Baldwin (Cabot). Stepp is surprised when Baldwin is at work the next day as though nothing happened. Baldwin's partner, King (Reed), convinces Stepp that he hallucinated the shooting, but King has actually hired a look-alike actor named Davidson to take Baldwin's place in order to close an important deal. King and Davidson agree to stage Baldwin's "death" later, and in order to close all possible leaks, King forces Stepp to retire. In retaliation, Stepp shoots and kills King.

Supporting cast: Sebastian Cabot as Baldwin/Davidson, Philip Reed as King, Ruth Lee, Cheryll Clarke, James Adamson, Don McArt, Kate Drain Lawson, Bob Patten, David Dwight, Arthur Gilmour
1515"The Big Switch"Don WeisStory by : Cornell Woolrich
Teleplay by : Richard Carr
George Mathews as Sam Dunleavy, Beverly Michaels as GoldieJanuary 8, 1956 (1956-01-08)

Gangster Sam Dunleavy (Mathews) wants to murder his ex-girlfriend, Goldie (Michaels), so he has his friend Barney (Stone) arrange for him the perfect alibi. Barney has it staged as though he and Sam are playing a game of poker in Barney's back room. Sam sneaks out successfully, but is unable to kill Goldie when she claims that she is pregnant. When Sam returns to Barney's backroom, Barney has accidentally shot himself, and Sam is arrested for murder.

Supporting cast: George E. Stone as Barney, Joseph Downing, James Edwards, Mark Dana, Napoleon Whiting
1616"You Got to Have Luck"Robert StevensStory by : S. R. Ross
Teleplay by : Eustace & Francis Cockrell
John Cassavetes as Sam Cobbett, Marisa Pavan as Mary SchaffnerJanuary 15, 1956 (1956-01-15)

Sam Cobbett (Cassavetes) has just broken out of prison and enters the house of Mary Schaffner (Pavan) while her husband is away. Cobbett makes Mary cook for him, dismiss her neighbors when they come by, and pretend that everything is okay over the phone when her mother calls. Cobbett believes that he can take his time, but the police suddenly arrive to arrest him. They were tipped off by Mary's mother — Mary is deaf and should not have answered the phone.

Supporting cast: Lamont Johnson, Ray Teal, Vivi Janiss, Hal K. Dawson, Bob Patten, Steve Clark, Bill Pullen, Wendy Winkleman
1717"The Older Sister"Robert StevensStory by : Lillian de la Torre
Teleplay by : Robert C. Dennis
Joan Lorring as Emma Borden, Carmen Mathews as Lizzie Borden, Polly Rowles as Nell CuttsJanuary 22, 1956 (1956-01-22)

Based on the Lizzie Borden murders, and set one year after Lizzie was acquitted for the murder of her parents. Ambitious reporter Nell Cutts (Rowles) barges into the home of the Borden sisters Lizzie (Mathews) and Emma (Lorring) in the hopes of an exclusive interview. Cutts' aggressive questioning causes Emma distress, but it turns out that Emma killed their parents, and Lizzie was merely trying to protect her.

Supporting cast: Pat Hitchcock, Wendy Winkleman, Kay Stewart
1818"Shopping for Death"Robert StevensRay BradburyJo Van Fleet as Mrs. ShrikeJanuary 29, 1956 (1956-01-29)

Clarence (Harris) and Elmer (Qualen) are retired insurance agents, and hope to use their years of experience to save people that they believe will die soon. Clarence has his sights of Mrs. Shrike (Fleet), a boorish alcoholic who he believes has a death wish. They try to advise her to change her life and fix her house, but this just causes her to lash out. As the pair leave, they see Mrs. Shrike's husband return home, and she is killed soon afterward.

Supporting cast: Robert Harris as Clarence, John Qualen as Elmer, Mike Ross, Michael Ansara, Alfred Linder, Charlotte Knight, Lee Erickson, Jack Tesler, Laiola Wendorff, Ralph Montgomery, Bob Morgan
1919"The Derelicts"Robert StevensStory by : Terence Maples
Teleplay by : Robert C. Dennis
Robert Newton as Peter J. GoodfellowFebruary 5, 1956 (1956-02-05)

Businessman Ralph Cowell (Reed) strangles his silent partner, Alfred Sloane (Delevanti), to death in order to avoid paying what he owes. The murder is witnessed by vagrant Peter J. Goodfellow (Newton), who picks up Sloane's cigarette case with the IOU inside, and uses it to blackmail Cowell. Goodfellow and his friend Fenton Shanks (Silver) move into Cowell's home, much to the disgust of Cowell's wife, Herta (Knudsen). After months of Goodfellow and Fenton living with them and pawning almost everything in the Cowell home, Cowell is able to find the IOU and burn it. Goodfellow and Fenton leave, but soon afterward a police officer arrives with a pawn ticket signed by Cowell for Sloane's cigarette case, tying Cowell to the Sloane murder.

Supporting cast: Philip Reed as Ralph Cowell, Peggy Knudsen as Herta Cowell, Johnny Silver as Fenton Shanks, Robert Foulk as the police officer, Cyril Delevanti as Alfred Sloane
2020"And So Died Riabouchinska"Robert StevensonStory by : Ray Bradbury
Teleplay by : Mel Dinelli
Claude Rains as John FabianFebruary 12, 1956 (1956-02-12)

Detective Krovitch (Bronson) investigates the murder of juggler Luke Ockham in a theatre. His suspicions fall on John Fabian (Rains), a ventriloquist with a fixation on his female dummy, Riabouchinska (voice of Gregg). Riabouchinska, seemingly acting independent of Fabian's control, insists on telling Krovitch the truth that Fabian killed Ockham, because Ockham threatened to expose Fabian and Riabouchinska's love affair to the world. Riabouchinska declares she can no longer love Fabian and stops moving, while Fabian is arrested by Krovitch.

Supporting cast: Charles Bronson as Detective Krovitch, Claire Carleton, Lowell Gilmore, Charles Cantor, Harry Tyler, Iris Adrian, Bill Haade, Virginia Gregg as the voice of Riabouchinska
2121"Safe Conduct"Justus AddissAndrew SoltClaire Trevor as Mary Prescott, Jacques Bergerac as Jan GubakFebruary 19, 1956 (1956-02-19)

American journalist Mary Prescott (Trevor) is traveling on a train out of the Iron Curtain when she is befriended by local celebrity Jan Gubak (Bergerac). Mary agrees to carry a luxury watch for Gubak, but during the customs inspection Gubak turns her in to officers for smuggling luxury items. Mary is arrested, but released soon after when the watch is discovered to be fake. Mary learns that Gubak is part of the underground resistance, and the charade was to create a distraction that enabled Gubak to smuggle sensitive microfilm out of the country. Gubak gives Mary the microfilm and urges her to write the truth about his country.

Supporting cast: Werner Klemperer, Peter Van Eyck, John Banner, Konstantin Shayne, Ralph Manza
2222"Place of Shadows"Robert StevensRobert C. DennisEverett Sloane as Father VincenteFebruary 26, 1956 (1956-02-26)

Ray Clements (Damon) travels to a monastery to get revenge on a crook who is taking sanctuary there. Father Vincente (Sloane) advises him to choose forgiveness, and Clements is forced to leave. Clements later kills the crook's partner in self-defense and takes sanctuary at the same monastery. He tells Father Vincente that he no longer wants revenge, but the crook has already died.

Supporting cast: Sean McClory, Mark Damon as Ray Clements, Claude Akins, Joseph Downing, Everett Glass, Harry Tyler, Steve Mitchell
2323"Back for Christmas"Alfred HitchcockStory by : John Collier
Teleplay by : Francis Cockrell
John Williams as Herbert CarpenterMarch 4, 1956 (1956-03-04)

Herbert Carpenter (Williams) and his loving but pesky wife Hermione (Elsom) are planning a long holiday in California, all carefully planned by Herbert. On the day of their departure, and after doting good-byes from their friends, Herbert bludgeons his wife to death, as planned, and buries her body in a hole in their basement that he has started digging under the guise of a wine cellar. He then goes off alone on his road trip to California, and a new job there where he gloats in his freedom from marriage. Then one day soon after arriving at his new swanky “digs,” Herbert receives the mail... among the letters to his wife from their friends back home, is a bill from a contractor for work that Hermione had secretly arranged for - excavating the wine cellar as a present for Herbert... meaning his crime will be discovered.

Supporting cast: Isabel Elsom as Hermione Carpenter, A. E. Gould-Porter, Lily Kemble-Cooper, Gavin Muir, Katherine Warren, Gerald Hamer, Irene Tedrow, Ross Ford, Theresa Harris, Mollie Glessing
2424"The Perfect Murder"Robert StevensStory by : Stacey Aumonier
Teleplay by : Victor Wolfson
Hurd Hatfield as Paul, Mildred Natwick as Aunt RosalieMarch 11, 1956 (1956-03-11)

Brothers Paul (Hatfield) and Henri (Coolidge) plot to kill their Aunt Rosalie (Natwick) to inherit her fortune. Paul has Henri grind glass into fine powder, and Paul adds it to the egg mixture that is supposed to make a soufflé for Rosalie's dinner. However, that night Rosalie insists on eating something else, and the next morning Paul dies when he eats an omelette made out of the lethal egg mixture.

Supporting cast: Philip Coolidge as Henri, Gladys Hurlbut, Walter Kingsford, Percy Helton, Hope Summers, Jack Chefe
2525"There Was an Old Woman"Robert StevensonStory by : Jerry Hackady & Harold Hackady
Teleplay by : Marian Cockrell
Estelle Winwood as Monica LaughtonMarch 18, 1956 (1956-03-18)

Couple Frank (Bronson) and Lorna (Crane) Branwell go to the mansion of eccentric Monica Laughton (Winwood) to rob her. The plan goes awry because Laughton is crazy and wholly unresponsive to their threats. The Bramwells become tired and frustrated, because they cannot find any money and there seems to be no food in the house. In desperation, they eat a batch of freshly-made muffins, not knowing that they are filled with rat poison. Laughton's fortune turns out to be inside a handbag that she carries everywhere with her.

Supporting cast: Charles Bronson as Frank Branwell, Norma Crane as Lorna Branwell, Dabbs Greer, Emerson Treacy
2626"Whodunit"Francis CockrellStory by : C. B. Gilford
Teleplay by : Francis Cockrell & Marian Cockrell
John Williams as Alexander Penn ArlingtonMarch 25, 1956 (1956-03-25)

Dead mystery writer Alexander Penn Arlington (Williams) is distraught when he arrives in Heaven not knowing who killed him. His angel, Wilfred (Napier), returns Alexander to Earth to repeat his last day to investigate. Alexander's assistant, nephew, wife and her lover all have motives. In his study, he tells them all that one of them is planning his death. His wife's lover turns off the light and Alexander is killed in the dark without seeing who did it. Returning to Heaven, Wilfred points out that the killer must have trusted the person who turned off the light, so it must have been Alexander's wife.

Supporting cast: Amanda Blake, Jerry Paris, Philip Coolidge, Alan Napier as Wilfred, Bill Slack, Ruta Lee, and Filipino Hollywood actor Rudy Robles.
2727"Help Wanted"James NeilsonTeleplay by : Robert C. Dennis
Based upon the Mary Orr and Reginald Denham adaptation of a story by : Stanley Ellin
John Qualen as Mr. Crabtree, Lorne Greene as Mr. XApril 1, 1956 (1956-04-01)

Elderly Mr. Crabtree (Qualen) is ordered by his boss, Mr. X (Greene), to kill a man who will enter his office on a certain day. Crabtree decides not do the task, but when a man enters his office at the expected time, Crabtree is so upset at the thought of losing his job that he ends up killing him anyway. Shortly afterward another man, the correct target, arrives at Crabtree's office, but Crabtree has already received his payment for the murder and walks out.

Supporting cast: Madge Kennedy, Ruth Swanson, John Harmon, Malcolm Atterbury, Parley Baer, Paul Brinegar
2828"Portrait of Jocelyn"Robert StevensStory by : Edgar Marvin
Teleplay by : Harold Swanton
Philip Abbott as Mark, Nancy Gates as Debbie, John Baragrey as Arthur ClymerApril 8, 1956 (1956-04-08)

Married couple Mark (Abbott) and Debbie (Gates)'s first anniversary is ruined when a portrait they commissioned is revealed to be of Mark's first wife, Jocelyn, who has been missing for five years. Debbie believes that Mark stills loves Jocelyn and urges him to find the truth. With the help of Mark's ex-brother-in-law Jeff (Bailey), Mark tracks down the painter, Arthur Clymer (Baragrey), who claims to have been married to Jocelyn and killed her in a jealous rage. Mark attacks Clymer, because he described how Mark killed Jocelyn five years ago. Clymer is actually a police officer, and worked together with Jeff to get a confession out of Mark.

Supporting cast: Raymond Bailey as Jeff, Olan Soule, Harry Tyler
2929"The Orderly World of Mr. Appleby"James NeilsonStory by : Stanley Ellin
Teleplay by : Victor Wolfson & Robert C. Dennis
Robert H. Harris as Laurence Appleby, Meg Mundy as Martha Sturgis-ApplebyApril 15, 1956 (1956-04-15)

Antiques dealer Laurence Appleby (Harris) kills his wife, Lena, by deliberately causing her to fall and hit her head, in order to get her inheritance. Since he still has debts, he woos and marries wealthy heiress Martha Sturgis (Mundy). When Martha refuses to give him money, he tries to kill her, but she is prepared for him. Martha and her lawyer have evidence that Appleby killed his first wife, and if anything happens to Martha, her lawyer will go to the police. Appleby is about to comply with Martha's demands, but she accidentally falls and dies the same way as Lena.

Supporting cast: Gage Clark, Louise Larabee as Lena Appleby, Michael Ansara, Helen Spring, Edna Holland, Mollie Glessing
3030"Never Again"Robert StevensStory by : Adela Rogers St. Johns
Teleplay by : Gwen Bagni, Irwin Gielgud and Stirling Silliphant
Phyllis Thaxter as Karen, Louise Allbritton as Renee, Warren Stevens as JeffApril 22, 1956 (1956-04-22)

Karen (Thaxter), a recovering alcoholic, wakes up hungover and with no memory of the night before. She slowly recalls attending a party with her lover, Jeff (Stevens). Karen started drinking when she was told that her friend Renee (Allbritton) was trying to seduce Jeff. Her last memory is of breaking a glass in her hand, and Jeff trying to help her. Karen then learns that she is in jail for killing Jeff with a broken glass.

Supporting cast: Jack Mullaney, Joan Banks, Mason Curry, Karine Nordman, Marion Gray, Jack Mulhall, Carol Veazie, Jack Ramstead
3131"The Gentleman from America"Robert StevensStory by : Michael Arlen
Teleplay by : Francis Cockrell
Biff McGuire as Howard LatimerApril 29, 1956 (1956-04-29)

Sir Stephen Hurstwood (Clanton) offers a bet of $1,000 if Howard Latimer (McGuire) can stay the entire night in a supposedly haunted room of the Hurstwood mansion. Latimer is given a gun, one candle, one match, and a book that describes the mysterious beheading of Julia Hurstwood in the room. That night Latimer sees a ghostly headless figure and collapses in fright. The ghost is a trick set up by Hurstwood for money, but Latimer becomes insane from the experience.

Supporting cast: Ralph Clanton as Sir Stephen Hurstwood, John Irving, Eric Snowdon, Geoffrey Steele, John Alderson, John Dodsworth, Sonia Torgeson, Jan Chaney
3232"The Baby Sitter"Robert StevensStory by : Emily Neff
Teleplay by : Sarett Rudley
Thelma Ritter as Lottie SlocumMay 6, 1956 (1956-05-06)

Lottie Slocum (Ritter) is the last person to have seen Clara Nash (Mathews) before she was strangled to death. Lottie, who used to be the Nashes' babysitter, believes that Clara had it coming because she treated her husband Mr. Nash (Newton) badly. Lottie has feelings for Mr. Nash, and hopes to please him by keeping his secret from the police — that he was at home the night that Clara died — but he kills her instead.

Supporting cast: Mary Wickes, Carol Mathews as Clara Nash, Theodore Newton as Mr. Nash, Reba Tassel, Michael Ansara, Ray Teal
3333"The Belfry"Herschel DaughertyStory by : Allan Vaughan Elston
Teleplay by : Robert C. Dennis
Jack Mullaney as Clint Ringle, Pat Hitchcock as Ellie MarshMay 13, 1956 (1956-05-13)

Clint Ringle (Mullaney) wants to marry schoolteacher Ellie Marsh (Hitchcock), but when she refuses him, he kills her fiancé. Clint is hunted by the townsfolk and hides in the belfry of Ellie's school, planning to kill her when he gets the chance. Clint stays in the belfry for a few days and feels smug when everyone assumes that he is long gone. When Ellie's fiancé is buried, a man rings the bell for the funeral, causing Clint to shout in surprise and reveal his whereabouts.

Supporting cast: Dabbs Greer, Horst Ehrhardt, Jim Hayward, Ralph Moody, John Compton, Norman Leavitt, David Saber, Rudy Lee, Kathleen Hartnagel
3434"The Hidden Thing"Robert StevensStory by : A. J. Russell
Teleplay by : James Cavanagh
Biff McGuire as Dana Edwards, Robert H. Harris as John HurleyMay 20, 1956 (1956-05-20)

Dana Edwards (McGuire)'s fiancée is killed in a hit-and-run, and he is unable to remember any details of the car involved. Dana is approached by a stranger who lost his wife in a similar way, John Hurley (Harris), who claims to know how to give Dana Total recall. After many sessions, Dana is successfully able to remember the license plate of the car and tells the police. He is then surprised to learn that John Hurley is crazy and not a memory expert at all.

Supporting cast: Judith Ames, Theodore Newton, Katherine Warren, Richard Collier
3535"The Legacy"James NeilsonStory by : Gina Kaus
Teleplay by : Gina Kaus & Andrew Solt
Leora Dana as Irene Cole, Jacques Bergerac as Prince BurhanMay 27, 1956 (1956-05-27)

Wealthy but plain-looking housewife Irene Cole (Dana) is pursued by playboy Prince Burhan (Bergerac), but refuses to leave her neglectful husband (Hewitt) for him. When Burhan dies, Irene and her husband assume that he killed himself over his love for Irene. Some time later, Irene's friend Randolph Burnside (Clanton) learns that Burhan's death was an accident, and that he had pursued Irene for her money. Randolph decides to keep this a secret, however, when he learns that Irene, believing a man killed himself over his love for her, has a newfound confidence that has greatly improved her marriage.

Supporting cast: Enid Markey, Alan Hewitt as Mr. Cole, Walter Kingsford, Ralph Clanton as Randolph Burnside, Roxanne Arlen, Rudolph Anders, Joan Dixon
3636"Mink"Robert StevensonIrwin Gielgud & Gwen BagniRuth Hussey as Paula HudsonJune 3, 1956 (1956-06-03)

Mild-mannered Paula Hudson (Hussey) is apprehended by the police for owning a stolen mink coat. Paula attempts to prove that she bought it, but to her distress the people she bought it from deny ever having sold it to her. Paula is eventually approached by the man who stole the coat, and he steals it back in order to end the investigation, but ends up being arrested.

Supporting cast: Vinton Hayworth, Vivi Janiss, Sheila Bromley, Anthony Eustrel, Paul Burns, Eugenia Paul, Veda Ann Borg, James McCallion, Mary Jackson
3737"Decoy"Arnold LavenStory by : Richard George Pedicini
Teleplay by : Bernard C. Schoenfeld
Robert Horton as Gil Larkin, Cara Williams as Mona CameronJune 10, 1956 (1956-06-10)

Gil Larkin (Horton) is upset when he learns that the woman he loves, Mona Cameron (Williams), is being abused by her husband Ben (McDearmon). Gil confronts Ben in his office, but someone knocks Gil unconscious and shoots Ben. Gil is briefly apprehended, but after he is released he goes to Mona and realizes that she set him up so she could be with her lover, Ritchie (Lewis). Mona and Ritchie are arrested.

Supporting cast: Jack Mullaney, Philip Coolidge, David Orrick, Harry Lewis as Ritchie, Frank Gorshin, Eileen Harley, Mary Jean Yamaji, Edo Mita, Harry Tyler
3838"The Creeper"Herschel DaughertyStory by : Joseph Ruscoll
Teleplay by : James Cavanagh
Constance Ford as Ellen Grant, Steve Brodie as Steve Grant, Harry TownesJune 17, 1956 (1956-06-17)

A murderer has killed two blonde women while they are alone at night. Ellen (Ford) is terrified, but her husband Steve (Brodie) is dismissive of her. While Steve is at work, Ellen is scared and suspicious of various people that she meets. She is only relieved when the locksmith arrives to fix a lock and chain on her door, but the locksmith turns out to be the murderer, and strangles Ellen as a terrified Steve listens to the commotion over the phone.

Supporting cast: Reta Shaw, Percy Helton, Alfred Linder
3939"Momentum"Robert StevensStory by : Cornell Woolrich
Teleplay by : Francis Cockrell
Skip Homeier as Richard, Joanne Woodward as BethJune 24, 1956 (1956-06-24)

Richard (Homeier) and his wife Beth (Woodward) are about to be kicked out of their home. Richard steals the money that his boss, Burroughs (Christy), owes him, and in the process accidentally kills him. Richard becomes paranoid, and he overreacts and is shot when a financier comes to collect his debt. While injured and possibly dying, Richard discovers that Beth met Burroughs the night before and got the money that was owed them.

Supporting cast: Ken Christy as Burroughs, Henry Hunter, Mike Ragan, Billy Newell, Frank Krieg, Harry Tyler, Jack Tesler, Dorothy Crehan, Don Dillaway, Patricia Knox, John Lehmann, Joseph Gilbert, Myron Cook

Season 2 (1956–57)

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401"Wet Saturday"Alfred HitchcockStory by : John Collier
Teleplay by : Marian Cockrell
Sir Cedric Hardwicke as Mr. Princey, John Williams as Captain SmollettSeptember 30, 1956 (1956-09-30)
After his daughter Millie kills a man, Mr. Princey (Hardwicke) devises a plan to save his family name. Working together with his wife, son and daughter, Princey methodically sets up the body and crime scene so that family friend Captain Smollett (Williams) will take the blame for the murder.
412"Fog Closing In"Herschel DaughertyStory by : Martin Brooke
Teleplay by : James Cavanagh
Phyllis Thaxter as Mary Summers, Paul Langton as Arthur SummersOctober 7, 1956 (1956-10-07)

Mary (Thaxter) begs her husband Arthur (Langton) not to go away on a business trip, but he refuses. Mary is alone in the house when Ted Lambert (Grizzard), an escapee from a mental institution, breaks in. The two develop a rapport, and Mary confesses that she is always been afraid except for when she lived with her parents, only her husband no longer wants to live with them. After Ted leaves, Arthur returns home and Mary shoots him. Mary then tells her father on the phone that she can return home now.

In 1957, this episode won an Emmy Award for Best Teleplay Writing.[1]
423"De Mortuis"Robert StevensStory by : John Collier
Teleplay by : Francis Cockrell
Robert Emhardt as Mr. Rankin, Cara Williams as Irene RankinOctober 14, 1956 (1956-10-14)
Aware that their friend Rankin's (Emhardt) wife Irene (Williams) is cheating on him, Wally and Bud draw the same conclusion when they find Irene missing and Rankin sealing up a hole in his basement. Wally and Bud confront Rankin, asking which of Irene's lovers he caught her with, but their assumptions were wrong. When Irene returns home, Rankin kills her for real.
434"Kill with Kindness"Herschel DaughertyA. J. RussellHume Cronyn as Fitzhugh, Carmen Mathews as KatherineOctober 21, 1956 (1956-10-21)
Hoping to profit from life insurance fraud, siblings Katherine (Matthews) and Fitzhugh (Cronyn) plan to torch their house and have a homeless man, Jorgy, die in Fitzhugh's place. The plan backfires when, once they have lit the fire, they are unable to put Fitzhugh's identifying ring on Jorgy. The siblings have no choice but to save themselves and Jorgy, and watch the house burn.
445"None Are So Blind"Robert StevensStory by : John Collier
Teleplay by : James Cavanagh
Hurd Hatfield as Seymour Johnston, Mildred Dunnock as Aunt MurielOctober 28, 1956 (1956-10-28)
Egotistical Seymour Johnston (Hatfield) shoots and kills his rich Aunt Muriel (Dunnock) and pins the blame on "Antonio Battani", a fake persona that he has created using make-up and a wig. Seymour's plan fails because his willful blindness of his own faults means that he no longer "sees" his distinctive facial birthmark, which gives his disguise away.
456"Toby"Robert StevensStory by : Joseph Bates Smith
Teleplay by : Victor Wolfson
Jessica Tandy as Edwina, Robert H. Harris as Albert BirchNovember 4, 1956 (1956-11-04)
Albert Birch (Harris) is excited to be reunited with his sweetheart, Edwina (Tandy) after 20 years. Although the reunion is joyful, Edwina has mood swings and refuses to let anyone see her baby nephew, Toby, whom she has brought with her. Eventually it is revealed that Edwina has escaped from a mental asylum, and that Toby is a cat.
467"Alibi Me"Jules BrickenStory by : Therd Jefre and Walter Newman
Teleplay by : Bernard C. Schoenfeld
Lee Philips as Georgie Minnelli, Chick Chandler as Lucky MooreNovember 11, 1956 (1956-11-11)
Gangster Georgie Minnelli (Philips) kills his known rival, Lucky Moore (Chandler) and sets up an alibi that he was in his apartment the whole day. When the police question Georgie, a delivery boy arrives with a package, revealing that he had tried to deliver the package five times that day because Georgie was not at home.
478"Conversation Over a Corpse"Jules BrickenStory by : Norman Daniels
Teleplay by : Marian Cockrell and Norman Daniels
Dorothy Stickney as Cissie, Carmen Mathews as JoannaNovember 18, 1956 (1956-11-18)
Mr. Brenner threatens to take sisters Cissie (Stickney) and Joanna (Matthews) to court unless they sell him their home. The domineering Joanna orders Cissie to poison Brenner, but Cissie allows him to live just long enough so that he can kill Joanna before succumbing to the poison, thus leaving Cissie alone with the house.
489"Crack of Doom"James NeilsonStory by : Don Marquis
Teleplay by : Robert C. Dennis
Robert Horton as Mason Bridges, Robert Middleton as Sam KlinkerNovember 25, 1956 (1956-11-25)
Company man Mason Bridges (Horton) keeps returning to a high-stakes poker game because he is determined to beat his rich client, Sam Klinker (Middleton). When Mason discovers that his wife has lost all their savings, he steals a portion of Klinker's money from the office to keep playing, intending to return it later. During a crucial hand, Mason thinks he has four queens and bets aggressively, to Klinker's surprise. At the last moment Mason realizes that he had read his cards wrong, but Klinker folds and Mason wins the pot.
4910"Jonathan"John Meredyth LucasStory by : Fred Levan
Teleplay by : Bernard C. Schoenfeld and Stirling Silliphant
Georgann Johnson as Rosine, Corey Allen as GilDecember 2, 1956 (1956-12-02)
Gil (Allen), who had an extremely close relationship with his late father, Jonathan, accuses his stepmother, Rosine (Johnson) of killing him. Gil's investigation uncovers a bottle of poisoned brandy that he had given to Rosine to kill her, except Rosine had guessed that it was poison and gave it to Jonathan, killing him.
5011"The Better Bargain"Herschel DaughertyStory by : Richard Deming
Teleplay by : Bernard C. Schoenfeld
Robert Middleton as Louis Koster, Henry Silva as Harry SilverDecember 9, 1956 (1956-12-09)
Mobster Louis 'King' Koster (Middleton) learns from a private investigator that his wife, Marian, is cheating on him. Koster hires hit man Harry Silver (Silva) to kill her, but Koster is killed instead, because Silver is the man that Marian is having an affair with.
5112"The Rose Garden"Francis CockrellStory by : Vincent Fotre
Teleplay by : Marian Cockrell
John Williams as Alexander Vinton, Patricia Collinge as Julia PickeringDecember 16, 1956 (1956-12-16)
Publisher Alexander Vinton (Williams) suspects that the novel Julia Pickering (Collinge) has written is based on a true story of how Julia's sister, Cordelia, had killed her husband. Vinton encourages Julia to stand up to her dominating sister, eventually drawing out a confession of the murder.
5213"Mr. Blanchard's Secret"Alfred HitchcockStory by : Emily Neff
Teleplay by : Sarett Rudley
Mary Scott as Babs Fenton, Robert Horton as Charles Blanchard, Meg Mundy as Ellen BlanchardDecember 23, 1956 (1956-12-23)
Kooky mystery writer Babs Fenton (Scott) has an overactive imagination and suspects the worst when their new neighbor Charles Blanchard (Lummis) acts strangely around his wife Ellen (Mundy). However, every time that Babs thinks that she has figured out the truth, she is proven wrong.
5314"John Brown's Body"Robert StevensStory by : Thomas Burke
Teleplay by : Robert C. Dennis
Hugh Marlowe as Harold Skinner, Russell Collins as John Brown, Leora Dana as Vera BrownDecember 30, 1956 (1956-12-30)
Harold Skinner (Marlowe) and Vera Brown (Dana), who are having an affair, oust Vera's husband, John (Collins), from his company by getting him declared mentally unfit and sent to a home. When the company tanks, Vera and Harold need help, but are unable to get John discharged.
5415"Crackpot"John Meredyth LucasStory by : Harold Gast
Teleplay by : Martin Berkeley
Biff McGuire as Ray, Robert Emhardt as Mr. Moon, Mary Scott as MegJanuary 6, 1957 (1957-01-06)
Newlyweds Ray (McGuire) and Meg (Scott)'s honeymoon is slightly marred by the recent death of his aunt. At their hotel they are harassed by Mr. Moon (Emhardt), who Ray believes is trying to kill them. Ray orders Meg to leave when he hears what sounds like a time bomb, but rushes back for his bag that contains the jewels that were stolen from his aunt. Moon is a police officer, and set up the ruse to trap Ray.
5516"Nightmare in 4-D"Justus AddissStory by : Stuart Jerome
Teleplay by : Robert C. Dennis
Henry Jones as Harry Parker, Barbara Baxley as Miss Elliot, Virginia Gregg as Mrs. ParkerJanuary 13, 1957 (1957-01-13)
Harry Parker (Jones) agrees to help his pretty neighbor, Miss Elliot (Baxley), hide her murdered boyfriend's body. When the police arrive, the investigation uncovers that Harry's wife (Gregg) was having an affair with the dead man, but Harry killed him over envy of Miss Elliot.
5617"My Brother, Richard"Herschel DaughertyStory by : Jay Bennett
Teleplay by : Sarett Rudley
Royal Dano as Martin Ross, Inger Stevens as Burton Reeves, Harry Townes as Richard RossJanuary 20, 1957 (1957-01-20)
District attorney Martin Ross (Dano) faces a crisis in his campaign for governor when his brother Richard (Townes) kills the competition, Burton Reeves, and threatens to kill Martin's wife, Laura. Martin makes a deal with Tommy, Burton's caddy, to temporarily confess to the murder in order to save Laura's life. Tommy's mother, mistaking Richard for Martin, begs him to release Tommy, and when Richard refuses, she stabs him to death.
5718"The Manacled"Robert StevensStory by : A. Sanford Wolfe
Teleplay by : Stirling Silliphant
Gary Merrill as Sgt. Rockwell, William Redfield as Stephen FontaineJanuary 27, 1957 (1957-01-27)
White-collar criminal Stephen Fontaine (Redfield) is being transported via train and tries to bribe his escorting police sergeant, Rockwell (Merrill) for his freedom with $50,000. When they reach their final stop and Rockwell still has not accepted, Fontaine grabs for Rockwell's gun and kills him. Fontaine then discovers that the bullet damaged the key in Rockwell's pocket, and he cannot unlock the manacles.
5819"A Bottle of Wine"Herschel DaughertyStory by : Borden Deal
Teleplay by : Stirling Silliphant
Herbert Marshall as Judge Connors, Robert Horton as Wallace Donaldson, Jarma Lewis as Grace ConnorsFebruary 3, 1957 (1957-02-03)
Wealthy, elderly Judge Connors (Marshall)'s wife, Grace (Lewis), is leaving him for a younger man, Wallace Donaldson (Horton). Connors invites Wallace into his home, pretends to poison him and locks him in a room in an attempt to show Grace what kind of man Wallace is. Wallace shoots the door in order to get out, and accidentally kills Connors.
5920"Malice Domestic"John Meredyth LucasStory by : Philip MacDonald
Teleplay by : Victor Wolfson
Ralph Meeker as Carl Borden, Phyllis Thaxter as Annette BordenFebruary 10, 1957 (1957-02-10)
When Carl Borden (Meeker) gets severe indigestion twice due to the home cooking prepared by his wife Annette (Thaxter), their friend Ralph has the food tested and finds a large dose of arsenic in it. Carl is angered at Ralph for insinuating that Annette tried to poisoned him, but Annette later dies from arsenic-laced coffee. Carl's friends deduce that Annette gave Carl the wrong cup of coffee, and help keep the circumstances of her death quiet. The entire scheme was a ruse by Carl to kill Annette, so that he could be with his lover.
6021"Number Twenty-Two"Robert StevensStory by : Evan Hunter
Teleplay by : Joel Murcott
Russell Collins as the candy store owner, Rip Torn as Steve MorganFebruary 17, 1957 (1957-02-17)
Steve Morgan (Torn), a young ruffian, is picked up by the police for his first offense after a failed stick-up at a candy store. At first he is cocky about being arrested, but he slowly cracks under the interrogation and learns that the man he robbed has died.
6122"The End of Indian Summer"Robert StevensStory by : Maurice Baudin Jr.
Teleplay by : James Cavanagh
Steve Forrest as Joe Rogers, Gladys Cooper as Mrs. GillespieFebruary 24, 1957 (1957-02-24)
Insurance investigator Joe Rogers (Forrest) is ordered to re-examine old claims made by Mrs. Gillespie (Cooper), whose previous two husbands died under mysterious circumstances, and is now engaged to a third. Just after Gillespie and her new fiancé Fieldstone, leave for their wedding, Joe discovers that Fieldstone is also being investigated by an insurance company, because he had made claims following the deaths of his four previous wives.
6223"One for the Road"Robert StevensStory by : Emily Neff
Teleplay by : Robert C. Dennis
John Baragrey as Charles Hendricks, Georgann Johnson as Beryl, Louise Platt as Marsha HendricksMarch 3, 1957 (1957-03-03)
When Marsha Hendricks (Platt) learns that her husband Charles (Bagarey) is cheating on her, she tracks down the home of the other woman, Beryl (Johnson), and puts poison in her sugar. Beryl discovers that her sugar is poisoned, and gives it to Charles when he refuses to leave Marsha for her.
6324"The Cream of the Jest"Herschel DaughertyStory by : Fredric Brown
Teleplay by : Sarett Rudley
Claude Rains as Charles Gresham, James Gregory as Wayne CampbellMarch 10, 1957 (1957-03-10)
Alcoholic has-been actor Charles Gresham (Rains) tries to blackmail producer Wayne Campbell (Gregory) into casting him in a new play. Campbell gives Gresham the script for a role as a gangster, and advises him to perform it for one of the play's financial backers, Nick Roper. Gresham goes to Roper and performs the monologue, but it turns out to contain details of one of Roper's real crimes, and Roper shoots Gresham. As two of Roper's henchmen take away Gresham's body, Roper learns that Gresham learned about the crime from Wayne Campbell, and it is implied that Roper later killed Campbell.
6425"I Killed The Count Part I"Robert StevensStory by : Alec Coppel
Teleplay by : Francis Cockrell
John Williams as Inspector DavidsonMarch 17, 1957 (1957-03-17)
Inspector Davidson (Williams) and his assistant Detective Raines investigate the murder of Count Victor Mattoni in his London flat. They find a great deal of evidence in the flat, and the investigation uncovers Mattoni's links to Lord Sorrington and American businessman Bernard K. Froy. However, both men separately confess to the murder, confusing Davidson.
6526"I Killed The Count Part II"Robert StevensStory by : Alec Coppel
Teleplay by : Francis Cockrell
John Williams as Inspector DavidsonMarch 24, 1957 (1957-03-24)
Continuing from the previous episode, Inspector Davidson is alarmed when the flat's elevator operator, Mullet, becomes the third person to confess to the murder of Mattoni. All three men are linked to the crime scene by physical evidence, have seemingly sound reasons for killing Mattoni, and are able to describe the murder convincingly.
6627"I Killed The Count Part III"Robert StevensStory by : Alec Coppel
Teleplay by : Francis Cockrell
John Williams as Inspector Davidson, Rosemary Harris as Helen Sorrington-MattoniMarch 31, 1957 (1957-03-31)
Concluding the three-episode story, Inspector Davidson arranges so that Sorrington, Froy and Mullet meet each other, and they are joined by Helen (Harris), Mattoni's widow and Sorrington's daughter, who also confesses to the murder. Sorrington, Froy and Mullet are secretly friends and conspired to kill Mattoni together and set up the evidence accordingly; however, Helen killed Mattoni before the others got the chance. Davidson and Raines realize that they will never be able to pinpoint the murderer, so all four will likely end up getting away with it.
6728"One More Mile to Go"Alfred HitchcockStory by : F. J. Smith
Teleplay by : James Cavanagh
David Wayne as Sam JacobyApril 7, 1957 (1957-04-07)
After murdering his spouse, Sam Jacoby (Wayne) has trouble disposing of the body. He is stopped by a motorcycle cop because of his faulty tail light, and the cop helpfully detours Jacoby to the nearby police headquarters so that their mechanic can open the trunk and fix it.
6829"Vicious Circle"Paul HenreidStory by : Evan Hunter
Teleplay by : Bernard C. Schoenfeld
Dick York as Manny Coe, Kathleen Maguire as BettyApril 14, 1957 (1957-04-14)
Young gangster Manny Coe (York) kills a man by order of his boss, Vince Williams. Williams promises to take Manny as his protege if he kills his girlfriend Betty (Maguire); Manny is unable to do it, but Betty dies in an accident and Manny claims it as a hit. Some time later, Manny has become rich and successful, but he botches a robbery and is killed by Williams' next young protege.
6930"The Three Dreams of Mr. Findlater"Jules BrickenStory by : A. A. Milne
Teleplay by : Sarett Rudley
John Williams as Ernest Findlater, Barbara Baxley as LalageApril 21, 1957 (1957-04-21)
Ernest Findlater (Williams), who has suffered years of verbal abuse by his wife, fantasizes about her death. He invents Lalage (Baxley), an imaginary exotic lover from the South Seas. Lalage encourages him to murder his wife, and Ernest spends weeks preparing every detail to ensure success without discovery. When Ernest finally returns home to commit the deed, he finds that his wife has died of natural causes.
7031"The Night the World Ended"Justus AddissStory by : Fredric Brown
Teleplay by : Bernard C. Schoenfeld
Russell Collins as Johnny, Harold J. Stone as HalloranApril 28, 1957 (1957-04-28)
Practical joker Halloran (Stone) convinces homeless man and drunk Johnny (Collins) at the bar that the world will end at 11:45 that night. With nothing to lose, Johnny steals liquor, unwittingly frightens a well-meaning spinster who was trying to help him, then breaks into a sporting goods store to give presents to homeless children, and kills the security guard who tries to apprehend him with a gun from the store. When Johnny realizes what Halloran did, he returns to the bar and shoots him at 11:45.
7132"The Hands of Mr. Ottermole"Robert StevensStory by : Thomas Burke
Teleplay by : Francis Cockrell
Theodore Bikel as Sgt. Ottermole, Rhys Williams as Summers, Torin Thatcher as Constable JohnsonMay 5, 1957 (1957-05-05)
In 1919 London, a serial killer is stalking the streets, killing by strangulation a husband and wife, an elderly flower seller, and a police officer. The city is filled with fear, and the police, led by Sgt. Ottermole (Bikel), are stumped. Journalist Summers (Williams) suspects that the killer has to be someone that people take for granted, and helps trap the true killer: Sgt. Ottermole, who claims that his hands are out of his control.
7233"A Man Greatly Beloved"James NeilsonStory by : A. A. Milne
Teleplay by : Sarett Rudley
Sir Cedric Hardwicke as "John Anderson", Evelyn Rudie as Hildegard Fell, Hugh Marlowe as ClarenceMay 12, 1957 (1957-05-12)
Precocious little girl Hildegard Fell (Rudie) attaches herself to the grumpy, reclusive newcomer in town, John Anderson (Hardwicke). Hildegard's friend Clarence uncovers John Anderson's identity as a retired judge who had put many criminals away. Thanks to Hildegard's friendship, John opens up to the townspeople and is loved by all due to his kindness and generosity. After Anderson's death, Clarence discovers that "John Anderson" was a fake name, and that the man he knew was one of the murderers that the real John Anderson had sentenced to prison.
7334"Martha Mason, Movie Star"Justus AddissStory by : Raymond Mason
Teleplay by : Robert C. Dennis
Judith Evelyn as Mabel McKay, Robert Emhardt as Henry McKayMay 19, 1957 (1957-05-19)
Mabel McKay (Evelyn) believes that her husband Henry (Emhardt) is in the way of her dreams of glamour, so she kills and buries him in their garden. She sets up a story that Henry left her for another woman; the police investigation reveals that there was indeed another woman, but she has no idea where Henry is. This prompts the police to check Mabel's house, and they discover Henry's body.
7435"The West Warlock Time Capsule"Justus AddissStory by : J. P. Cahn
Teleplay by : Marian Cockrell
Henry Jones as George Tiffany, Mildred Dunnock as Louise TiffanyMay 26, 1957 (1957-05-26)
Taxidermist George Tiffany (Jones) is distressed when his wife Louise (Dunnock) invites her good-for-nothing brother Waldren into their home. Waldren pretends to be sick, refuses to work, and has Louise waiting on him hand and foot. When Louise succumbs to exhaustion, George kills Waldren and stuffs him inside a horse that is being prepared for the town memorial.
7536"Father and Son"Herschel DaughertyStory by : Thomas Burke
Teleplay by : James Cavanagh
Edmund Gwenn as Joe SaundersJune 2, 1957 (1957-06-02)
London, 1912. Shop owner Joe Saunders (Gwenn) refuses to give any more money to his spendthrift son, Sam. Sam spies Joe hiding his friend and wanted fugitive, Gus, in the shop cellar; hoping to collect a reward, Sam calls it in to the police. Gus manages to escape after Sam's lady friend, Mae, calls Joe to warn him. Joe is hurt when he learns what Sam did, but Sam still takes the reward money from the police.
7637"The Indestructible Mr. Weems"Justus AddissGeorge F. SlavinRobert Middleton as Brother Cato Stone, Joe Mantell as Brother Harry, Russell Collins as Clarence WeemsJune 9, 1957 (1957-06-09)
Brothers of a Lodge have trouble getting people to buy plots in their cemetery project, which worries their leader, Brother Cato Stone (Middlestone). Brother Harry (Mantell) suggests they ask former member Clarence Weems (Collins), who is elderly and sick, to be their first customer. Weems accepts, but then gets better, having taken the contract as a challenge to rejuvenate his life. After months of Weems not dying, the brothers decide to confront him over the contract, but in the excitement Brother Cato dies of a heart attack. He becomes the first to be buried in their cemetery instead.
7738"A Little Sleep"Paul HenreidStory by : Joe Grenzeback
Teleplay by : Robert C. Dennis
Barbara Cook as Barbie Hallem, Vic Morrow as Benny MungoJune 16, 1957 (1957-06-16)
Barbie Hallem (Cook) uses her beauty to play with men's hearts. One night she goes up into the mountains to visit her cabin, where Benny Mungo (Morrow) is hiding out, seemingly unaware that he is being hunted by townsfolk for the murder of the woman he loves. Although Barbie believes that Benny has been framed by his brother, Benny declares that the woman he murdered was just like Barbie, and he snaps her neck.
7839"The Dangerous People"Robert StevensStory by : Fredric Brown
Teleplay by : Francis Cockrell
Albert Salmi as Bellefontaine, Robert H. Harris as JonesJune 23, 1957 (1957-06-23)
Lawyer Bellefontaine (Salmi) and accountant Jones (Harris) are waiting for their train in the station's isolated waiting room. When they learn that an inmate has escaped from a nearby criminal asylum, both men suspect the other of being said inmate. They are about to attack each other when the real inmate enters the waiting room. They work together to subdue the inmate, just long enough that the orderlies arrive to take him into custody.

Season 3 (1957–58)

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791"The Glass Eye"Robert StevensStory by : John Keir Cross
Teleplay by : Stirling Silliphant
Jessica Tandy as Julia Whitely, Tom Conway as Max Collodi, William Shatner as Jim WhitelyOctober 6, 1957 (1957-10-06)
Jim Whitely (Shatner) tells his cousin a story about how their late extended cousin Julia (Tandy) fell in love with ventriloquist Max Collodi (Conway). Julia was so devoted that she traveled all over the country to watch Collodi's act with his child-sized dummy. After writing many letters, Julia was finally able to meet Collodi in person, but she discovered that "Collodi" was the dummy, and the puppet was the real man, wearing a mask. Julia took with her "Collodi"'s glass eye as a keepsake of her love.
802"Mail Order Prophet"James NeilsonStory by : Antony Ferry
Teleplay by : Robert C. Dennis
E. G. Marshall as Grimes, Jack Klugman as GeorgeOctober 13, 1957 (1957-10-13)
Ordinary clerk Grimes (Marshall) starts receiving letters from a mysterious Christiani that seemingly predict the future. His friend George (Klugman) advises caution, but Grimes starts investing money to great success. For Christiani's last tip, Grimes steals office funds to invest in the stock market, and earns enough to retire comfortably even after returning the office money and paying Christiani's share. Afterward, George investigates Christiani and discovers that he is a con man, and the letters were sent out to thousands of people using different predictions; Grimes just happened to receive a correct series of predictions.
813"The Perfect Crime"Alfred HitchcockStory by : Ben Ray Redman
Teleplay by : Stirling Silliphant
Vincent Price as Charles Courtney, James Gregory as John GregoryOctober 20, 1957 (1957-10-20)
Lawyer John Gregory (Gregory) meets with famous detective Charles Courtney (Price) who prides himself on never being wrong. Gregory has evidence that Courtney convicted the wrong man in a recent case and threatens to expose him. Courtney strangles Gregory to death and uses his body to create a ceramic trophy in tribute of what he considers to be "the perfect crime", but as Hitchcock states in his closing monologue, Courtney was found out and arrested when a cleaning lady accidentally knocked over the trophy and broke it, and bits of gold from a filling in Gregory's teeth helped identify him.
824"Heart of Gold"Robert StevensStory by : Henry Slesar
Teleplay by : James Cavanagh
Mildred Dunnock as Martha Collins, Darryl Hickman as Jackie Blake, Nehemiah Persoff as Ralph CollinsOctober 27, 1957 (1957-10-27)
When convicted robber Jackie Blake (Hickman) is released from prison, he is warmly accepted into the home of Martha Collins (Dunnock), mother of Jackie's former cellmate. Jackie has hopes of making a new honest life, but Martha and her other son, Ralph (Persoff), only took Jackie in because they believe that he has the loot from a previous robbery hidden somewhere. Ralph tries to force Jackie to reveal its whereabouts, and Jackie stabs him to death in self-defense. When Jackie tries to defend his actions to Martha, she tells him the truth behind her kindness to him. We last see Martha run screaming for help, and we can presume Jackie was arrested again and returned to prison, whether the self-defense claim he most likely pleaded was accepted or not.
835"Silent Witness"Paul HenreidStory by : Jeanne Barry
Teleplay by : Robert C. Dennis
Don Taylor as Donald Mason, Dolores Hart as Claudia Powell, Pat Hitchcock as Nancy MasonNovember 3, 1957 (1957-11-03)
Professor Donald Mason (Taylor) strangles his student and mistress, Claudia (Hart), to death when she refuses to end their affair. The only witness is Linda, the baby that Claudia was babysitting at the time. Afterward, every time Linda sees Donald she starts crying, which makes Donald fear that she will identify him once she starts talking. Donald ends up confessing to the police, but it turns out that Linda cries whenever she sees any man, as shown when her father returns from the military.
846"Reward to Finder"James NeilsonStory by : F.J. Smith
Teleplay by : Frank Gabrielson
Jo Van Fleet as Anna Gaminski, Oskar Homolka as John GaminskiNovember 10, 1957 (1957-11-10)
After finding a cash-laden wallet, street cleaner John Gaminski (Homolka) and his wife Anna (Fleet) constantly fight over Anna's lavish spending of the money. The conflict climaxes when John bludgeons Anna to death with a statuette before drinking the cup of poisoned coffee that Anna had prepared for him.
857"Enough Rope for Two"Paul HenreidStory by : Clark Howard
Teleplay by : Joel Murcott
Jean Hagen as Madge, Steven Hill as Joe, Steve Brodie as MaxieNovember 17, 1957 (1957-11-17)
Ex-con Joe (Hill) and his former partners Madge (Hagen) and Maxie (Brodie) drive to an abandoned mine in the middle of desert in order to collect hidden robbery loot. Once there, the three turn on each other: Joe shoots and kills Maxie, and Madge traps Joe down in the mine once she has obtained the money. This leaves Madge with the loot, but the keys to the car are in the mine with Joe.
868"Last Request"Paul HenreidStory by : Helen Fislar Brooks
Teleplay by : Joel Murcott
Harry Guardino as Gerry Daniels, Cara Williams, Hugh Marlowe as Bernard ButlerNovember 24, 1957 (1957-11-24)
While awaiting his execution, inmate Gerry Daniels (Guardino) types a final letter to the newspaper protesting the incompetence of district attorney Bernard Butler (Marlowe). Gerry confesses that he had murdered three other people, but Butler had never suspected him for those incidents; instead Gerry was prosecuted for a murder that he did not commit. The execution is canceled when Butler gets new evidence exonerating Gerry from the incorrect charge, but Gerry's letter is already read for censorship in the warden's office.
879"The Young One"Robert AltmanStory by : Phillip Goodman and Sandy Sax
Teleplay by : Sarett Rudley
Carol Lynley as Jan, Vince Edwards as TexDecember 1, 1957 (1957-12-01)
Teenager Jan (Lynley) befriends Tex (Edward), a drifter through town, to frame him for the murder of her guardian, Aunt Mae. However, Jan's boyfriend, Stan, found Aunt Mae's body and knows that Jan committed the murder.
8810"The Diplomatic Corpse"Paul HenreidStory by : Alec Coppel
Teleplay by : Robert C. Dennis
Peter Lorre as Detective Thomas Salgado, George Peppard as Evan, Mary Scott as JanetDecember 8, 1957 (1957-12-08)
Married couple Evan (Peppard) and Janet (Scott) are touring Mexico with their aunt Mrs. Tait (Isobel Elsom), who dies of a heart attack. While Evan and Janet are searching for a doctor, their car is stolen with Mrs. Tait's corpse in it. They hire detective Thomas Salgado (Lorre) to find the car, and later the body. When Evan and Janet finally return home, they find Salgado has given them the wrong body.
8911"The Deadly"Don TaylorStory by : Lawrence Treat
Teleplay by : Robert C. Dennis
Phyllis Thaxter as Margot Brenner, Lee Phillips as Jack Staley, Craig Stevens as Mr. BrennerDecember 15, 1957 (1957-12-15)
Plumber Jack Staley (Phillips), who has been blackmailing housewives for fabricated dalliances throughout a suburban neighborhood, sets his sights on new target Margot Brenner (Thaxter). In retaliation, Margot gathers all the wives of the neighborhood to confront Jack together. United, the women blackmail Jack into performing housework for them in the value of the money that he has extorted from them and more.
9012"Miss Paisley's Cat"Justus AddissStory by : Roy Vickers
Teleplay by : Marian Cockrell
Dorothy Stickney as Emma Paisley, Orangey as StanleyDecember 22, 1957 (1957-12-22)
Emma Paisley (Stickney) is distressed when her neighbor, Rinditch (Fred Graham), kills her pet cat Stanley. Emma blacks out and wakes up four hours later, to find that Rinditch has been murdered and their landlord has been arrested. Emma confesses to the police that she did it, but is unable to convince them as she cannot explain how she did it. She finally does remember, but the landlord has already been executed.
9113"Night of the Execution"Justus AddissStory by : Henry Slesar
Teleplay by : Bernard C. Schoenfeld
Pat Hingle as Warren Selvy, Georgann Johnson as Mrs. SelvyDecember 29, 1957 (1957-12-29)
Warren Selvy (Hingle), a prosecuting attorney with a long history of acquittals, delivers a guilty verdict in a crucial murder case. Afterward Warren is confronted by a homeless man, Ed, who claims to be the actual murderer. Warren tries to scare him off, but when that fails, Warren tries to grab a clock that Ed attempts to smash, but accidentally hits Ed with it, killing him. Warren then learns that Ed has a history of confessing to crimes that he did not commit.
9214"The Percentage"James NeilsonStory by : David Alexander
Teleplay by : Bernard C. Schoenfeld
Alex Nicol as Eddie Slovak, Nita Talbot as Louise WilliamsJanuary 5, 1958 (1958-01-05)
Successful businessman Eddie Slovak (Nicol) has a good life with his wife, Faye, but is haunted by his past. He once acted cowardly in the Korean War, and seeks out his old Army buddy Pete Williams (Keefer), who knows his secret. Pete repeatedly rebuffs Eddie's attempts to pay him, to Eddie's frustration. Eddie begins an affair with Pete's wife, Louise (Talbot), and one night Eddie, triggered by a picture of Pete in his Army uniform, loses his mind and strangles her. When Pete comes home, Eddie begs him to tell the police that a prowler was responsible, but Pete refuses, and when the officer arrives, he tells them the truth. Eddie is arrested for murder, and this leaves Pete and Faye, who are lovers, to be together.
9315"Together"Robert AltmanStory by : Alec Coppel
Teleplay by : Robert C. Dennis
Joseph Cotten as Tony GouldJanuary 12, 1958 (1958-01-12)
Tony Gould (Cotten) meets with his mistress, Shelley, in her office after hours. When Shelley threatens to expose their relationship to Tony's wife, he stabs her to death, but is unable to leave because the office is locked. The next day the police are called, and they discover the body.
9416"Sylvia"Herschel DaughertyStory by : Ira Levin
Teleplay by : James Cavanagh
Ann Todd as Sylvia Leeds, John McIntire as John LeedsJanuary 19, 1958 (1958-01-19)
John Leeds (McIntire) is concerned when his daughter, Sylvia (Todd) purchases a handgun. Sylvia's unscrupulous ex-husband, Peter, once left her because of money, and has returned to town at Sylvia's request. John fears that Sylvia wants to kill Peter, so he pays Peter off so that he leaves. Sylvia then shoots and kills John for thwarting her attempt to reunite with Peter.
9517"The Motive"Robert StevensRose Simon KohnSkip Homeier as Tommy, William Redfield as RichardJanuary 26, 1958 (1958-01-26)
Crime-obsessed best friends Tommy (Homeier) and Richard (Redfield) discuss Tommy's theory that motiveless murders cannot be solved. In order to prove this theory, Tommy decides to murder a random person that Richard picks out from a phone book. After the murder is done, Tommy discovers that the victim is the man that Tommy's ex-wife had left him for, thus Tommy does have a motive; Richard picked him on purpose for revenge, as Tommy had once stolen the same woman from Richard. They end up in a fight that is interrupted by the police, who arrest Tommy.
9618"Miss Bracegirdle Does Her Duty"Robert StevensStory by : Stacy Aumonier
Teleplay by : Marian Cockrell
Mildred Natwick as Millicent BracegirdleFebruary 2, 1958 (1958-02-02)
Traveling in France, elderly Englishwoman Millicent Bracegirdle (Natwick) accidentally locks herself in the wrong hotel room with a corpse. She eventually manages to escape, and learns that the dead man is an accused murderer who had died of a heart attack.
9719"The Equalizer"James NeilsonStory by : C.B. Gilford
Teleplay by : Robert C. Dennis
Leif Erickson as Wayne Phillips, Martin Balsam as Eldon Marsh, Norma Crane as Louise MarshFebruary 9, 1958 (1958-02-09)
Wayne Phillips (Erickson) has an affair with Louise Marsh (Crane) to spite her husband Eldon Marsh (Balsam). When Eldon publicly confronts Wayne over this, Eldon loses his wife and his job. With nothing to lose, Eldon challenges the much stronger Wayne to a gun duel. Wayne agrees, but shoots Eldon without warning. When the police investigate, they find that Eldon wasn't carrying a gun, and Wayne is charged with murder.
9820"On the Nose"James NeilsonStory by : Henry Slesar
Teleplay by : Irving Elman
Jan Sterling as Fran HollandFebruary 16, 1958 (1958-02-16)
Gambling-addicted housewife Fran Holland (Sterling) rushes to raise $25 to pay a bookie before her husband Ed (Karl Swenson) comes home. Fran uses various tactics that nearly get her in trouble with the police, but just manages to pay off the debt in time. She promises to never gamble again, but soon after succumbs to temptation and places a new bet.
9921"Guest for Breakfast"Paul HenreidStory by : C.B. Gilford
Teleplay by : Robert C. Dennis
Joan Tetzel as Eve Ross, Scott McKay as Jordan Ross, Richard Shepard as Chester LaceyFebruary 23, 1958 (1958-02-23)
Eve (Tetzel) and Jordan (McKay) Ross's marriage is on the rocks, and their morning argument is interrupted when gun-wielding Chester Lacey (Shepard) breaks into their home. Lacey is on the run for murder and needs a hostage; Eve and Jordan try to convince Lacey to kill the other. When Lacey is about to kill Eve, Jordan intervenes and Eve helps her husband. After Lacey is arrested, the couple is open to reconciliation.
10022"The Return of the Hero"Herschel DaughertyStory by : Andrew Solt
Teleplay by : Andrew Solt and Stirling Silliphant
Jacques Bergerac as Sgt. Andre Doniere, Susan Kohner as Mrs. DoniereMarch 2, 1958 (1958-03-02)
Sgt. Andre Doniere (Bergerac) is a veteran traveling home with his friend Corp. Marcel Marchand, who saved his life. Doniere makes a phone call to his aristocratic family, asking if they will accommodate his friend, who lost his leg. Doniere's mother, stepfather and fiancée are uninterested in welcoming a cripple, so Doniere decides to never return home, because he is the one who lost his leg.
10123"The Right Kind of House"Don TaylorStory by : Henry Slesar
Teleplay by : Robert C. Dennis
Robert Emhardt as Waterbury, Jeanette Nolan as Sadie GrimesMarch 9, 1958 (1958-03-09)
Waterbury (Emhardt) wants to buy the house owned by elderly Sadie Grimes (Nolan), despite her demanding a price five times the house's worth. Grimes tells Waterbury how her son was killed by an unseen figure in that house over stolen loot, and the loot was never found. Grimes put the house on the market to trap the killer, because only they would agree to the exorbitant price for the sake of the loot. Waterbury confirms her suspicion, but he dies because Grimes has poisoned his drink.
10224"The Foghorn"Robert StevensStory by : Gertrude Atherton
Teleplay by : Frank Gabrielson
Barbara Bel Geddes as Lucia Clay, Michael Rennie as Allen BlissMarch 16, 1958 (1958-03-16)
Lucia Clay (Bel Geddes) is haunted by the sound of a foghorn, and cannot recall why. She pieces together memories of her falling in love with Allen Bliss (Rennie), a married man. Allen was killed in a boat trip, when a liner crashed into them in the fog. To Lucia this happened only a few days ago, but in actuality 50 years have passed.
10325"Flight to the East"Arthur HillerStory by : Bevil Charles
Teleplay by : Joel Murcott
Gary Merrill as Ted Franklin, Patricia Cutts as Barbara DenimMarch 23, 1958 (1958-03-23)
While traveling on a plane, war correspondent Ted Franklin (Merrill) strikes up a conversation with fellow passenger Barbara Denim (Cutts). Franklin is under arrest, and is traveling with a police inspector on the way home to be tried for a murder. Once he has told her his story, Franklin learns that Denim is a witness who is going to testify against him.
10426"Bull in a China Shop"James NeilsonStory by : C.B. Gilford
Teleplay by : Sarett Rudley
Dennis Morgan as Detective Dennis O'Finn, Estelle Winwood as Miss Hildy-LouMarch 30, 1958 (1958-03-30)
Homicide detective Dennis O'Finn (Morgan) lives next door to a group of elderly women who are smitten with him. Miss Hildy-Lou (Winwood) murders two of the other ladies solely so that O'Finn will visit them for the murder investigation. O'Finn, horrified to learn of their motive, transfers to the arson department, only for the remaining ladies to set their house on fire.
10527"Disappearing Trick"Arthur HillerStory by : Victor Canning
Teleplay by : Kathleen Hite
Robert Horton as Walter Richmond, Betsy von Furstenberg as Laura GildApril 6, 1958 (1958-04-06)
Bookie Walter Richmond (Horton) develops a relationship with Laura Gild (von Furstenberg), the widow of former client Herbert Gild. Walter discovers that Herbert had faked his death to get away from Laura, and blackmails him for money. When Herbert confronts the pair with a gun, Walter is shot non-fatally, and Laura absconds from both men with the money.
10628"Lamb to the Slaughter"Alfred HitchcockRoald DahlBarbara Bel Geddes as Mary MaloneyApril 13, 1958 (1958-04-13)

Pregnant housewife Mary Maloney (Barbara Bel Geddes) bludgeons her husband (Allan Lane) to death with a frozen leg of lamb when he says that he is going leave her for another woman. Mary sets the scene to look like a struggle and puts the leg of lamb in the oven to cook. When the police arrive to investigate, they are unable to find the murder weapon, and Mary gives them the cooked leg of lamb to eat for supper.

In 2009, TV Guide ranked this episode #59 on its list of the 100 Greatest Episodes.[2]
10729"Fatal Figures"Don TaylorStory by : Rick Edelstein
Teleplay by : Robert C. Dennis
John McGiver as Harold Goames, Vivian Nathan as Margaret GoamesApril 20, 1958 (1958-04-20)
Statistics-obsessed Harold Goames (McGiver) feels unimportant in the world and starts committing crimes in order to become "significant". After committing auto-theft and robbery, he murders his sister Margaret (Nathan) and confesses to the disbelieving police officer his reasons. For his last statistically-significant act, Harold commits suicide.
10830"Death Sentence"Paul HenreidStory by : Miriam Allen deFord
Teleplay by : Joel Murcott
James Best as Norman Frayne, Katherine Bard as Paula Frayne, Steve Brodie as AlApril 27, 1958 (1958-04-27)
Norman Frayne (Best) grew up in an orphanage and feels undeserving of his wife Paula (Bard). Al (Brodie), a man from Norman's past, arrives and blackmails Norman over a crime that they committed 12 years earlier. Norman believes that Al is having an affair with Paula and plans to blow them up with dynamite. When Paula insists that it is untrue, Norman lets himself be blown up so that Paula will be free from Al's threats and Norman's past.
10931"The Festive Season"Arthur HillerStory by : Stanley Ellin
Teleplay by : James Cavanaugh
Carmen Mathews as Celia, Edmon Ryan as John, Richard Waring as CharlieMay 4, 1958 (1958-05-04)
On Christmas Eve, attorney John (Ryan) visits the home of his estranged siblings Celia (Mathews) and Charlie (Waring). Charlie wants to kill Celia, whom he believes murdered his wife, but Celia protests her innocence and is determined to care for Charlie regardless of his feelings. John leaves after making them promise not to hurt each other. John has been doing this every Christmas Eve since Charlie's wife's death 20 years ago.
11032"Listen, Listen...!"Don TaylorStory by : R.E. Kendall
Teleplay by : Bernard C. Schoenfeld
Edgar Stehli as Herbert JohnsonMay 11, 1958 (1958-05-11)
Herbert Johnson (Stehli) tries to convince the authorities that the final murder of the Stockings Murders was committed by a copycat, but no one takes him seriously. A priest, Father Rafferty, finally listens to Herbert's story about how the victim, Helen Jameson, left her controlling, religious parents for a life of "sin", and her death was a "punishment". Herbert is Helen's father, and his wife is the copycat who killed Helen, but Herbert is unable to accuse his wife openly.
11133"Post Mortem"Arthur HillerStory by : Cornell Woolrich
Teleplay by : Robert C. Dennis
Steve Forrest as Steve, Joanna Moore as Judy, James Gregory as WescottMay 18, 1958 (1958-05-18)
Judy (Moore) exhumes her first husband Harry's body because a winning sweepstakes ticket was buried with him. Insurance investigator Wescott (Gregory) takes advantage of this to perform an autopsy on Harry, proving that he was poisoned. Judy's second husband, Steve (Forrest) murdered Harry before marrying Judy so that they could live on Harry's insurance money. Wescott helps Judy catch Steve in a failed act of trying to murder her, and Steve is arrested.
11234"The Crocodile Case"Don TaylorStory by : Roy Vickers
Teleplay by : Robert C. Dennis
Denholm Elliott as Jack Lyons, Hazel Court as Phyllis Chaundry-LyonsMay 25, 1958 (1958-05-25)
Jack Lyons (Elliot) and Phyllis Chaundry (Court) are married after Jack kills Phyllis' first husband, but Phyllis is unhappy because Jack lost the crocodile dressing case that her late husband was returning to her on the night of his murder. When the police finally find the case, Jack identifies it based on the initials, but that gives away his guilt, because the initials were only placed on the case just before the murder.
11335"Dip in the Pool"Alfred HitchcockRoald DahlKeenan Wynn as William Botibol, Fay Wray as EmilyJune 1, 1958 (1958-06-01)
While traveling on a cruise ship, William Botibol (Wynn) bets heavily in a betting pool on how many miles the ship travels every day. When the ship goes faster than William expected, he decides to jump off the ship to force it to stop. He makes sure that a young woman, Emily, is there to see him jump, assuming that she will call for help. Emily is intellectually disabled, and does not react after he goes over.
11436"The Safe Place"James NeilsonStory by : Jay Wilson
Teleplay by : Michael Hogan
Robert H. Harris as George Piper, Joanne Linville as Millie MannersJune 8, 1958 (1958-06-08)
Bank teller George Piper (Harris) murders one of the bank's dubious clients, Victor Mannett, to steal his money, which Piper then hides in plain sight inside his teller drawer. The next day, Piper is dressed down by his boss for keeping the Mannett account, as the murder will ruin the bank's reputation. Piper is fired on the spot and ordered to give up his teller drawer keys immediately.
11537"The Canary Sedan"Robert StevensStory by : Ann Bridge
Teleplay by : Stirling Silliphant
Jessica Tandy Laura Bowlby, Murray Matheson as James BowlbyJune 15, 1958 (1958-06-15)
Laura Bowlby (Tandy) arrives in Hong Kong to join her husband, James (Matheson), who has been living there for a while. Laura has psychic abilities; when she is inside her second-hand sedan she can hear the disembodied voice of a French woman talking to her lover. Laura, envious of the woman's passionate affair, investigates her story and discovers that she was having an affair with Laura's husband, James.
11638"The Impromptu Murder"Paul HenreidStory by : Roy Vickers
Teleplay by : Francis Cockrell
Hume Cronyn as Henry Daw, Robert Douglas as Inspector Charles TarrantJune 22, 1958 (1958-06-22)
England, 1916. Solicitor Henry Daw (Cronyn) kills a client, Miss Wilkinson, and buries her under a slab of stone next to the river. A body is found floating in the river a few days later, but Daw refuses to identify it properly, igniting Inspector Charles Tarrant's (Douglas) suspicions. Placed under pressure, Daw confesses to the murder, but it turns out that the body belongs to someone else.
11739"Little White Frock"Herschel DaughertyStory by : Stacy Aumonier
Teleplay by : Stirling Silliphant
Herbert Marshall as Colin Bragner, Julie Adams as Carol Longsworth, Tom Helmore as Adam LongsworthJune 29, 1958 (1958-06-29)
Elderly out-of-work actor Colin Bragner (Marshall) invites playwright Adam Longsworth (Helmore) and his wife Carol (Adams) for dinner. He tells them a story about the love of his life, Lila Gordon, who turned him down and died tragically. Adam and Carol are deeply touched by the story, but it turns out to be complete fiction — Colin was showing off his acting skills in the hope of getting work. Adam is impressed and offers him a job on the spot.

Season 4 (1958–59)

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1181"Poison"Alfred HitchcockStory by : Roald Dahl
Teleplay by : Casey Robinson
Wendell Corey as Timber Woods, James Donald as Harry PopeOctober 5, 1958 (1958-10-05)
Harry Pope (Donald) has been stuck in bed for hours because there is a venomous snake on his stomach. His friend Timber Woods (Corey) calls a doctor, but is flippant about the danger and makes fun of Harry. When the doctor arrives, they help Harry stand up and there is no snake to be seen. Timber mocks Harry for his fear, but as soon as the doctor is gone, Timber gets bitten and killed by the snake which really did exist.
1192"Don't Interrupt"Robert StevensSidney CarrollChill Wills as Mr. Kilmer, Cloris Leachman as Mrs. Templeton, Biff McGuire as Mr. Templeton, Peter Lazer as Johnny Templeton, Scatman Crothers as TimothyOctober 12, 1958 (1958-10-12)
The Templetons (McGuire and Leachman) are on a train with their young son, Johnny, who they have trouble controlling. The Templetons offer Johnny one silver dollar if he can be quiet for 10 minutes while elderly cowboy Mr. Kilmer (Wills) tells a story. When the train stops, Johnny sees a man outside the window, caught in the blizzard and begging for help, but Johnny cannot speak up, having promised not to.
1203"The Jokester"Arthur HillerStory by : Robert Arthur
Teleplay by : Bernard C. Schoenfeld
Albert Salmi as Bradley, Roscoe Ates as Pop Henderson, James Coburn as AndrewsOctober 19, 1958 (1958-10-19)
Practical joker Bradley (Salmi) pulls a prank on easily-confused morgue attendant Pop Henderson (Ates) by pretending to be a corpse and "coming alive". When Bradley is later brought to the morgue presumed dead (but only actually paralyzed), Pop refuses to believe that Bradley's moaning is real and puts him inside the freezer.
1214"The Crooked Road"Paul HenreidStory by : Alex Gaby
Teleplay by : William Fay
Richard Kiley as Harry Adams, Walter Matthau as Officer Chandler, Patricia Breslin as Mrs. AdamsOctober 26, 1958 (1958-10-26)
Harry Adams (Kiley) and his wife (Breslin) are traveling on a rural road near a small town when they are waylaid and arrested by crooked police officer named Officer Chandler (Matthau), who is running an extortion racket with the assistance of the local auto mechanic and the equally corrupt town judge by arresting passing tourists and forcing them to pay large meaningless fines. The Adamses leave after paying the fees, but it turns out that they are undercover agents of the State Commission, and have recorded everything on tape for the state and federal authorities to investigate the corrupt town.
1225"The $2,000,000 Defense"Norman LloydStory by : Harold Q. Masur
Teleplay by : William Fay
Barry Sullivan as Mark Robeson, Leslie Nielsen as Lloyd Ashley, Herbert Anderson as the judgeNovember 2, 1958 (1958-11-02)
Lloyd Ashley (Nielsen) is accused of killing his wife Eve's lover, and offers his lawyer Mark Robeson (Sullivan) 2 million dollars if he can get him an acquittal. Mark succeeds, but as soon as Ashley is released, he shoots Mark for also having an affair with Eve.
1236"Design for Loving"Robert StevensRay BradburyNorman Lloyd as Charles Brailing/Robot, Marian Seldes as Lydia Brailing, Elliott Reid, Barbara BaxleyNovember 9, 1958 (1958-11-09)
Charles Brailing (Lloyd) is tired of his wife, Lydia (Seldes), so he has a robot double of himself made by Marionettes, Inc. to take his place when he wants to get away. Charles' robot double develops feelings for Lydia and turns on Charles, taking his place permanently.
1247"Man with a Problem"Robert StevensStory by : Donald Martin
Teleplay by : Joel Murcott
Gary Merrill as Carl Adams, Mark Richman as Steve Barrett, Elizabeth Montgomery as Karen AdamsNovember 16, 1958 (1958-11-16)
Carl (Merill) climbs out a window onto the ledge of a high rise Chicago hotel. He is disconsolate over his wife Karen (Montgomery)'s recent death; she committed suicide by overdosing on pills when her lover abandoned her. After some banter, the patrolman on duty (Richman), joins Carl on the ledge to rescue him, but this turns out to fulfill Carl's plot: this police officer is Steve, Karen's lover; he had recently spurned her precipitating her suicide. Once Carl is secured by a rope lasso, he tells Steve of the plot and who he really is, then pushes Steve off the ledge to his death.
1258"Safety for the Witness"Norman LloydStory by : John De Meyer
Teleplay by : William Fay
Art Carney as Cyril T. JonesNovember 23, 1958 (1958-11-23)
1927. Mild-mannered gun shop owner Cyril T. Jones (Carney) witnesses a murder by a pair of highly-wanted gangsters. Distrustful of the police's ability to protect him, Jones kills the gangsters with a rifle and turns himself in. The police, fearful that their reputation will be ruined by Jones' accomplishment, refuse to arrest him.
1269"Murder Me Twice"David SwiftStory by : Lawrence Treat
Teleplay by : Irving Elman
Phyllis Thaxter as Lucy Pryor, Tom Helmore as Miles FarnhamDecember 7, 1958 (1958-12-07)
At a dinner party, hypnotist Miles Farnham (Helmore) demonstrates his skills on Lucy Pryor (Thaxter). She speaks in old-fashioned English, claims to be "Dora Evans", and kills her husband with a pair of scissors. During the inquest, Farnham insists that Lucy was inhabited by the spirit of Dora Evans, a real woman who killed her husband in 1853. Farnham hypnotizes Lucy to prove this, but during the testimony "Dora" stabs Farnham, killing him. Lucy is set free, and when a journalist questions her if she planned it all, she replies, "Wouldst not thee like to know."
12710"Tea Time"Robert StevensStory by : Margaret Manners
Teleplay by : Kathleen Hite
Margaret Leighton as Iris Teleton, Marsha Hunt as Blanche Herbert, Murray Matheson as Oliver TeletonDecember 14, 1958 (1958-12-14)
Iris Teleton (Leighton) is threatened with blackmail by her husband Oliver's mistress, Blanche Herbert (Hunt), who wants them to divorce. In retaliation, Iris kills Blanche, hoping to frame Oliver for the murder. However, Iris was seen by a private detective hired by Oliver (Matheson), and he is still planning to divorce Iris for another younger mistress.
12811"And the Desert Shall Blossom"Arthur HillerStory by : Loren D. Good
Teleplay by : Bernard C. Schoenfeld
William Demarest as Tom Akins, Roscoe Ates as Ben White, Ben Johnson as Sheriff JeffDecember 21, 1958 (1958-12-21)
Elderly cowboys Tom Akins (Demarest) and Ben White (Ates) are in danger of being taken away from their desert property by the town council. One night, a criminal barges into their cabin and threatens them with a gun, but the cowboys manage to kill him. A month later, when Sheriff Jeff (Johnson) arrives to inspect the property, Akins and White proudly show off a lush rosebush, secretly grown using the criminal's body as fertilizer, thus proving the fertility of their land and allowing them to stay.
12912"Mrs. Herman and Mrs. Fenimore"Arthur HillerStory by : Donald Honig
Teleplay by : Robert C. Dennis
Mary Astor as Mrs. Fenimore, Russell Collins as Bill Finley, Doro Merande as Mrs. HermanDecember 28, 1958 (1958-12-28)
Mrs. Herman (Merande) has a plan to kill her wealthy but paranoid uncle Bill Finley (Collins), but needs a conspirator. She picks former actress Mrs. Fenimore (Astor) who agrees to the plan for a fee. After the murder is done, Mrs. Fenimore reveals that she secretly married Finley before his death, and that she will inherit his fortune instead of Mrs. Herman.
13013"Six People, No Music"Norman LloydStory by : Garson Kanin
Teleplay by : Richard Berg
John McGiver as Arthur Motherwell, Peggy Cass as Mrs. MotherwellJanuary 4, 1959 (1959-01-04)
Undertaker Arthur Motherwell (McGiver) is shocked when recently-deceased businessman Stanton C. Barryvale briefly wakes up in the funeral parlor to demand that his funeral be simple and cheap. After discussing the matter with his wife, Motherwell decides to follow the instructions of Barryvale's lawyer for a lavish funeral instead.
13114"The Morning After"Herschel DaughertyStory by : Henry Slesar
Teleplay by : Rose Simon Kohn
Robert Alda as Ben Nelson, Jeanette Nolan as Mrs. Trotter, Dorothy Provine as Sharon Trotter, Fay Wray as Mrs. NelsonJanuary 11, 1959 (1959-01-11)
Mrs. Trotter (Nolan) is unhappy that her daughter Sharon (Provine) is having an affair with married businessman Ben Nelson (Alda). Mrs. Trotter appeals to Ben's wife, Mrs. Nelson (Wray), revealing the affair to her. That night Ben kills his wife and calls Sharon to set his alibi, but Mrs. Trotter takes the phone call and deliberately gives Sharon the wrong information so that Ben will go to jail.
13215"A Personal Matter"Paul HenreidStory by : Brett Halliday
Teleplay by : Joel Murcott
Wayne Morris as Bret Johnson, Joe Maross as Joe PhilipsJanuary 18, 1959 (1959-01-18)
Joe Philips (Maross) is lead engineer on a tunneling project in Mexico, and Bret Johnson (Morris) mysteriously arrives to be his assistant for the project's last six weeks. One night Philips hears a radio newscast about an ongoing manhunt of an engineer who murdered his colleague; this prompts Philips to search through Johnson's things to find his true identity, but he is stopped when Johnson pulls a gun on him. Since there is no way to leave the site for six weeks, the men work together to finish the job, despite their suspicions of each other. The tunnel is completed one day before the deadline, and it is revealed that Philips is the murderer, and Johnson is the police officer who traveled there to arrest him.
13316"Out There – Darkness"Paul HenreidStory by : William O'Farrell
Teleplay by : Bernard C. Schoenfeld
Bette Davis as Miss FoxJanuary 25, 1959 (1959-01-25)
Elderly widow Miss Fox (Davis) mistakenly accuses her dog walker, Eddie, of having robbed her. She learns her error after a year, during which Eddie has been in prison and his lover has died in the hospital. Miss Fox tries to make it up to Eddie when he is released, but he strangles her as revenge.
13417"Total Loss"Don TaylorJ.E. SelbyNancy Olson as Jan Manning, Ralph Meeker as Mel ReevesFebruary 1, 1959 (1959-02-01)
When Jan Manning (Olson) hits financial problems with her dress shop, her friend Mel Reeves (Meeker) offers to set the shop on fire so that she can collect the insurance. After the shop burns down, Jan confesses to the insurance investigator about the plan with her friend. However, the investigator has found that the fire source was Jan's overheated kettle. Jan realizes that it truly was an accident, but the investigator does not believe her.
13518"The Last Dark Step"Herschel DaughertyStory by : Margaret Manners
Teleplay by : William Fay
Robert Horton as Brad Taylor, Fay Spain as Leslie LenoxFebruary 8, 1959 (1959-02-08)
Brad Taylor (Horton) wants to marry his new girlfriend Janice Wright, but his other girlfriend, Leslie Lenox (Spain), refuses to let him go. Brad takes Leslie swimming and drowns her in the ocean, but when he returns home he is arrested for the murder of Janice, whom Leslie has stabbed to death.
13619"The Morning of the Bride"Arthur HillerStory by : Neil S. Broadman
Teleplay by : Kathleen Hite
Barbara Bel Geddes as Helen Brewster, Don Dubbins as Philip PryorFebruary 15, 1959 (1959-02-15)
Helen Brewster (Bel Geddes) is frustrated that her boyfriend Philip Pryor (Dubbins) has been stalling their wedding for years on the excuse that his mother is unwell. When they finally get married, Helen learns that Philip's mother has been dead for years, but Philip in his insanity believes that she is still alive.
13720"The Diamond Necklace"Herschel DaughertySarett RudleyClaude Rains as Andrew Thurgood, Betsy von Furstenberg as Thelma ThurgoodFebruary 22, 1959 (1959-02-22)
Elderly Andrew Thurgood (Rains) is let go from a jewelry firm after almost 30 years of loyal service. On his last day, a diamond necklace is stolen by a thief (von Furstenberg). Andrew is "distressed" at the breaking of his perfect record, but the thief is secretly Andrew's daughter, Thelma, and they worked together to carry out the theft.
13821"Relative Value"Paul AlmondStory by : Milward Kennedy
Teleplay by : Frances Cockrell
Denholm Elliott as John Manbridge, Torin Thatcher as Felix ManbridgeMarch 1, 1959 (1959-03-01)
John Manbridge (Elliot) plots to murder his cousin Felix (Thatcher) in the hopes of inheriting his fortune. Felix, who is secretly terminally ill, commits suicide by poisoned whiskey first, and John unwittingly drinks the poisoned whiskey as well, also killing himself.
13922"The Right Price"Arthur HillerStory by : Henry Slesar
Teleplay by : Bernard C. Schoenfeld
Eddie Foy Jr. as "the Cat", Allyn Joslyn as MortMarch 8, 1959 (1959-03-08)
Burglar "the Cat" (Foy Jr.) breaks into the home of couple Mort (Joslyn) and Jocelyn, who are also business partners and constantly fight about money. Mort offers the Cat $3,500 to kill Jocelyn, but Jocelyn makes a counteroffer of $5,000, so the Cat kills Mort instead.
14023"I'll Take Care of You"Robert StevensStory by : George Johnson
Teleplay by : William Fay
Ralph Meeker as John Forbes, Russell Collins as "Dad", Elisabeth Fraser as Mrs. ForbesMarch 15, 1959 (1959-03-15)
John Forbes (Meeker) runs his wife (Fraser) over with his car, and covers up the murder with the help of his loyal assistant, Dad (Collins). Dad hopes that John will take care of him, but John frames him for the murder.
14124"The Avon Emeralds"Bretaigne WindustStory by : Joe Pidcock
Teleplay by : William Fay
Roger Moore as Inspector Benson, Hazel Court as Lady Gwendolyn Avon, Alan NapierMarch 22, 1959 (1959-03-22)
Inspector Benson (Moore) is tasked with preventing Lady Gwendolyn Avon (Court) from smuggling her emerald necklace out of the country. Lady Avon thwarts Benson and his officers at every turn and manages to leave the country without the necklace on her. However, Benson and Avon are secretly lovers, and Benson carried the necklace for her.
14225"The Kind Waitress"Paul HenreidHenry SlesarOlive Deering as Thelma, Celia Lovsky as Sara Mannerheim, Rick Jason as ArthurMarch 29, 1959 (1959-03-29)
Hotel waitress Thelma (Deering) learns that she is in the will of her wealthy regular customer, Sara Mannerheim (Lovsky), who has stopped taking her medicine in expectation of death. Thelma's boyfriend Arthur (Jason) suggests that they speed things up by slow-poisoning Sara with anatine, a leaf extract. After half a year of no change, Thelma strangles Sara to death one night in frustration. At the inquest, it is revealed that Sara's doctor prescribed anatine for her heart condition, and Thelma had been inadvertently keeping her alive.
14326"Cheap Is Cheap"Bretaigne WindustAlbert E. Lewin and Burt StylerDennis Day as Alexander GiffordApril 5, 1959 (1959-04-05)
Miserly Alexander Gifford (Day) decides to kill his wife, Jennifer, when she starts spending money on herself. Alex explores various options, most of which he considers to be too expensive. He ends up giving her food poisoning and selling her cadaver to a medical university.
14427"The Waxwork"Robert StevensStory by : A. M. Burrage
Teleplay by : Casey Robinson
Barry Nelson as Raymond Houston, Everett Sloane as the haunted wax figureApril 12, 1959 (1959-04-12)
Reporter Raymond Houston (Nelson) stays overnight in a wax museum in order to write an important article. Raymond, who is claustrophobic, hallucinates that one of the wax figures is alive, and is found dead the next morning.
14528"The Impossible Dream"Robert StevensJohn LindseyFranchot Tone as Oliver Mathews, Carmen Mathews as Miss Hall, Mary Astor as Grace DolanApril 19, 1959 (1959-04-19)
Has-been actor Oliver Mathews (Tone) is being blackmailed by Grace Dolan (Astor) for an affair he had with Grace's late daughter. Having had enough, Oliver murders Grace. Oliver's assistant, Miss Hall (Mathews), who is in love with Oliver but has been rebuffed for years, learns about the murder and asks him to have a relationship with her in order to keep her from going to the authorities.
14629"Banquo's Chair"Alfred HitchcockStory by : Rupert Croft-Cooke
Teleplay by : Francis Cockrell
John Williams Inspector Brent, Kenneth Haigh as John Bedford, Reginald GardinerMay 3, 1959 (1959-05-03)
Blackheath, 1903. Former Inspector Brent (Williams) conspires with his friends to stage a fake haunting in the hopes of scaring John Bedford (Haigh) into confessing to the murder of his aunt, Ms. Ferguson. Brent arranges for an actress, Mae Thorpe, to sneak into the house dressed as Ms. Ferguson and walk past their dinner room. The plan is successful and Bedford confesses when he sees the menacing figure of his aunt. After Bedford is arrested, Brent is shocked when he learns that Mae Thorpe was late and missed the dinner entirely.
14730"A Night with the Boys"John BrahmStory by : Henry Slesar and Jay Fob
Teleplay by : Bernard C. Schoenfeld
John Smith as Irving Randall, Joyce Meadows as Frances RandallMay 10, 1959 (1959-05-10)
Irving Randall (Smith) loses his money in a poker game to his unsympathetic boss Smalley, and lies to his pregnant wife Frances (Meadows) that he was mugged. Irving makes a police report at Frances' insistence, and is surprised when the police arrest a teenage boy named Whitey as a suspect. Irving reluctantly takes Whitey's money, but feels guilty and conflicted. The next day, Irving learns that Whitey had mugged Smalley, and the money that he had was Smalley's poker winnings.
14831"Your Witness"Norman LloydStory by : Helen Nielsen
Teleplay by : William Fay
Brian Keith as Arnold Shawn, Leora Dana as Naomi ShawnMay 17, 1959 (1959-05-17)
Arnold Shawn (Keith) is a ruthless defense lawyer who uses his arguing skills to put down his wife, Naomi (Dana) and defend his cheating on her. When Arnold refuses to divorce Naomi, she hits him with her car, killing him. The only witness of the "accident" is Henry Babcock, a man that Arnold had just destroyed the credibility of as an eyewitness in court.
14932"Human Interest Story"Norman LloydFredric BrownClint Eastwood as Newsman, Steve McQueen as Bill Everett, Arthur Hill as Yangan DallMay 24, 1959 (1959-05-24)
Reporter Bill Everett (McQueen) interviews a distressed man (Hill) who claims to be a Martian named Yangan Dall. Yangan tells Bill how all the other Martians just vanished one day, and when he investigated, found a machine that transported him to Earth, inside a human body. When the kind-hearted Yangan suggests telling everyone his story, Bill kills him. Bill is also a Martian, but part of an invasion force trying to take over Earth.[3]
15033"The Dusty Drawer"Herschel DaughertyStory by : Harry Muheim
Teleplay by : Halstead Welles
Dick York as Norman LoganMay 31, 1959 (1959-05-31)
Norman Logan (York) has for months been pestering William Tritt, a banker, to return $200 that Tritt mistakenly took from Logan's account, but to no avail. Frustrated, Logan carries out a series of pranks to make Tritt lose his credibility at the bank. Logan's final act is to rob the bank of $10,000, which Tritt is blamed for. Afterward, Logan returns the money in Tritt's name, except for $200 to replace the money that Tritt took from him.
15134"A True Account"
"Curtains for Me"
Leonard HornRupert Croft-CookeJane Greer as Mrs. Cannon-Hughes, Kent Smith as Gilbert Hughes, Robert Webber as Paul Brett, Jocelyn BrandoJune 7, 1959 (1959-06-07)
Mrs. Cannon-Hughes (Greer) visits a lawyer, Paul Brett (Webber), to tell him of her suspicions that her husband Gilbert Hughes (Smith) murdered his first wife. Soon afterward, Gilbert dies, supposedly of suicide. Ms. Cannon and Brett begin a relationship and get married, but when Brett accidentally discovers that Ms. Cannon killed both Gilbert and his first wife, Ms. Cannon kills him as well.
15235"Touché"John BrahmStory by : Bryce Walton
Teleplay by : William Fay
Paul Douglas as Bill Fleming, Robert Morse as PhilJune 14, 1959 (1959-06-14)
Bill Fleming (Douglas) is upset that his wife, Laura, is cheating on him with a man named Baxter. Bill's new friend, Phil (Morse), points out a Californian law on duels that could work in his favor, so Bill challenges Baxter to a duel and kills him. Bill is acquitted, but has to pay a hefty allowance to Baxter's only child for life. Bill then learns that Phil is Baxter's son, and is also Laura's lover; Phil and Laura plotted together to gain Bill's money and get Baxter out of the way.
15336"Invitation to an Accident"Don TaylorWade MillerGary Merrill as Joseph Pond, Joanna Moore as Virginia PondJune 21, 1959 (1959-06-21)
Albert Martin fears that his good friend, Virginia Pond (Moore), is going to be killed by her jealous husband, Joseph Pond (Merrill) due to her affair with her ex. Albert goes on a fishing trip with Joseph to warn him off, but Joseph confronts Albert first, revealing that Albert has been poisoned. As Albert is dying, he weeps and tells Joseph that he has the wrong man.

Season 5 (1959–60)

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Title Directed by Written by Stars Original air date
1541"Arthur"Alfred HitchcockStory by : Arthur Williams
Teleplay by : James Cavanagh
Laurence Harvey as Arthur Williams, Hazel Court as Helen Braithwaite, Patrick Macnee as Sgt. John TheronSeptember 27, 1959 (1959-09-27)
Chicken farmer Arthur Williams (Harvey) strangles his ex-fiancée (Court) to death when she returns to him a year after leaving him for another man. Sgt. John Theron (Macnee) investigates Arthur, but is unable to find the body because Arthur has ground it up in his hammer mill into chicken feed.
1552"The Crystal Trench"Alfred HitchcockStory by : A. E. W. Mason
Teleplay by : Stirling Silliphant
James Donald as Mark Cavendish, Patricia Owens as Stella BallisterOctober 4, 1959 (1959-10-04)
Mountaineer Mark Cavendish (Donald) falls in love with Stella Ballister (Owens), a young widow. Stella is devoted to her late husband, who died on a mountain and fell into a glacier, and refuses to move on until she sees his body. After 40 years they find the body, but there is a locket on him with a picture of another woman.
1563"Appointment at Eleven"Robert StevensStory by : Robert Turner
Teleplay by : Evan Hunter
Clint Kimbrough as David Logan, Norma Crane as the blonde, Clu Gulager as the sailor, Sean McClory as the Irish patronOctober 11, 1959 (1959-10-11)
Seventeen-year-old David Logan (Kimbrough) spends a night on the town talking to various sympathetic people: a blonde in a bar (Crane), a sailor (Gulager) and an Irish pub patron (McClory), all of whom are disconcerted by David's virulent hatred of his father. However, David's father is a serial killer, and his execution is that night at 11:00.
1574"Coyote Moon"Herschel DaughertyStory by : Kenneth B. Perkins
Teleplay by : Harold Swanton
Macdonald Carey as the professor, Collin Wilcox as Julie, Edgar Buchanan as PopsOctober 18, 1959 (1959-10-18)
While driving across the desert to California, a professor (Carey) agrees to take on a hitchhiker Julie (Wilcox). However, Julie brings along her father, Pops (Buchanan) and her "brother" Harry, and the three of them take the Professor's belongings. The Professor tricks them into abandoning him and his car, and follows them to a gas station where he calls the police and reports them.
1585"No Pain"Norman LloydStory by : Talmage Powell
Teleplay by : William Fay
Brian Keith as Dave Rainey, Joanna Moore as Cindy RaineyOctober 25, 1959 (1959-10-25)
Millionaire Dave Rainey (Keith) is paralyzed from the neck down and needs a respirator to breathe. He accuses his wife Cindy (Moore) of having an affair with her new friend, Arnold, and that they are planning to kill him; Cindy admits that they are both true. That night, Arnold drowns Cindy in the ocean, because he is a contract killer hired by Dave.
1596"Anniversary Gift"Norman LloydStory by : John Collier
Teleplay by : Harold Swanton
Harry Morgan as Hermie Jenkins, Barbara Baxley as Myra Jenkins, Jackie Coogan as George BayNovember 1, 1959 (1959-11-01)
Hermie Jenkins (Morgan) buys a coral snake for his animal-loving wife Myra (Baxley), in the hopes that it will bite and kill her. The snake, which is actually a harmless kingsnake, bites Hermie instead and he dies of a heart attack.
1607"Dry Run"John BrahmStory by : Norman Struber
Teleplay by : Bill S. Ballinger
Walter Matthau as Moran, Robert Vaughn as Art, David White as BarberosaNovember 8, 1959 (1959-11-08)
Young gangster Art (Vaughn) is ordered by his new boss Barberosa (White) to prove himself by killing a man named Moran (Matthau). Art goes to do the deed, but Moran suggests that Art kill Barberosa instead and take over the organization. When Art agrees, Moran kills him; the counteroffer was a test set by Barberosa.
1618"The Blessington Method"Herschel DaughertyStory by : Stanley Ellin
Teleplay by : Halsted Welles
Henry Jones as John Treadwell, Dick York as J.J. BunceNovember 15, 1959 (1959-11-15)
In the advanced future of 1980, life expectancy has improved dramatically. J.J. Bunce (York) works for the Society of Gerology, which provides the discreet service of killing the healthy elderly. John Treadwell (Jones) agrees to have his tiresome mother-in-law "dealt with", but once it is done, Treadwell then realizes that it is only a matter of time before his own children have him "dealt with" as well.
1629"Dead Weight"Stuart RosenbergStory by : Herb Golden
Teleplay by : Jerry Sohl
Joseph Cotten as Courtney Masterson, Julie Adams as Peg, Don Gordon as the thugNovember 22, 1959 (1959-11-22)
Courtney Masterson (Cotten) and his secret lover Peg (Adams) are robbed in Lover's Lane by a thug (Gordon). Unwilling to go to the police, Courtney kills the thug so that he will not reveal their affair. Afterward, Courtney learns that his wife has had a private detective following him for the past week, and he saw everything.
16310"Special Delivery"Norman LloydRay BradburySteve Dunne as Bill Fortnam, Beatrice Straight as Cynthia FortnamNovember 29, 1959 (1959-11-29)
Boys all over the country are buying mail-order mushrooms to grow in their cellars. Bill and Cynthia Fortnam (Dunne and Straight) are worried when their neighbor mysteriously disappears after warning them that something catastrophic is going to happen. Bill posits an alien invasion by space spores that grow into mushrooms and possess human bodies after being eaten. This is confirmed when Bill's son, Tom, acts strangely, and demands that Bill eat some of his mail-order mushrooms.
16411"Road Hog"Stuart RosenbergStory by : Harold Daniels
Teleplay by : Bill S. Ballinger
Raymond Massey as Sam Pine, Robert Emhardt as Ed Fratus, Richard ChamberlainDecember 6, 1959 (1959-12-06)
Sam Pine (Massey) and his elder sons rush to get his youngest son, Davey, to a doctor after being gored by a bull. They are deliberately blocked on the road by inconsiderate salesman Ed Fratus (Emhardt), and Davey dies. With his remaining sons' help, Sam confronts Fratus and seemingly poisons him; Fratus rushes to the doctor, and in his panic crashes his car and dies. However, the drink was just water, not poison.
16512"Specialty of the House"Robert StevensStory by : Stanley Ellin
Teleplay by : Victor Wolfson & Bernard C. Schoenfeld
Robert Morley as Mr. Laffler, Kenneth Haigh as Mr. CostainDecember 13, 1959 (1959-12-13)
Mr. Laffler (Morley) introduces his colleague Mr. Costain (Haigh) to Spirro's, an exclusive gentleman's club. The Specialty of the House is a rare but popular lamb dish. When Laffler is about to leave the country for a business trip, he is invited by Spirro, the owner, into the kitchen to meet the chef. Afterward, Spirro tells the other members that the Specialty of the House will be served soon.
16613"An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge"Robert StevensonStory by : Ambrose Bierce
Teleplay by : Harold Swanton
Ronald Howard as Peyton Farquhar, Juano Hernandez as Josh, James Coburn as Union SergeantDecember 20, 1959 (1959-12-20)
1862, during the Civil War. Recently-widowed Confederate Peyton Farquhar (Howard) decides to blow up a bridge that the Yankees plan to use to cross, but is caught. Peyton is hanged, but the rope breaks and he seemingly escapes. With the help of slave Josh (Hernandez), Peyton travels past various Union soldiers safely and returns home to his wife Melissa. Right before the two can embrace, however, Peyton collapses with a sharp pain to his neck. Peyton is actually dead; he never escaped from the hanging. The doomed man imagined the whole escape.
16714"Graduating Class"Herschel DaughertyStory by : Edouard Sandoz
Teleplay by : Stirling Silliphant
Wendy Hiller as Laura Siddons, Gigi Perreau as Gloria Barnes, Jocelyn BrandoDecember 27, 1959 (1959-12-27)
Laura Siddons (Hiller), a teacher at a girl's college, is fond of her brightest student, Gloria Barnes (Perreau). While out with her neighbor Ben Prowdy, Siddons sees Barnes with a man and assumes that they are having an affair. Siddons later learns that Barnes is actually secretly married to the man and plans to tell her parents at the right time, but Prowdy blackmails Barnes' parents, causing her mother to collapse. Prowdy is arrested, and accuses Siddons of masterminding the blackmail.
16815"Man from the South"Norman LloydStory by : Roald Dahl
Teleplay by : William Fay
Steve McQueen as the gambler, Peter Lorre as Carlos, Neile Adams as the womanJanuary 3, 1960 (1960-01-03)

In Las Vegas, a gambler (McQueen) and a woman (Adams) are approached by Carlos (Lorre), who proposes a bet on whether Gambler's lighter can light up ten times in a row. If Gambler wins, he gets Carlos' convertible; if Gambler loses, Carlos will cut off Gambler's small finger. The lighter works seven times in a row when Carlos's wife interrupts, revealing that Carlos is penniless. Carlos's entire fortune belongs to his wife, who lost three fingers to win it from him.

In 1997, TV Guide ranked this episode #41 on its list of the 100 Greatest Episodes.[4]
16916"The Ikon of Elijah"Paul AlmondStory by : Avram Davidson
Teleplay by : Norah Perez & Victor Wolfson
Oskar Homolka as Carpius, Sam Jaffe as the abbotJanuary 10, 1960 (1960-01-10)
Antiques dealer Carpius (Homolka) visits a monastery in order to steal a valuable icon. When Carpius kills the monk who is guarding the icon, the abbot (Jaffe) forgives him, but says that he must stay with the icon for the rest of his life, praying for absolution.
17017"The Cure"Herschel DaughertyStory by : Robert Bloch
Teleplay by : Michael Pertwee
Nehemiah Persoff as Jeff Jensen, Mark Richman as Mike, Cara Williams as Marie JensenJanuary 24, 1960 (1960-01-24)
When Jeff Jensen (Persoff) is non-fatally attacked by his wife, Marie (Williams), he assumes that Marie is suffering from tropical fever that affects the brain. Jeff arranges for his friend Mike (Richman) and native manservant Luiz to take Marie to a shrink. Mike and Marie are having an affair and attempt to kill Luiz; Luiz kills Mike and follows Jeff's orders to the letter by sending Marie to a native "head doctor" who shrinks her head.
17118"Backward, Turn Backward"Stuart RosenbergStory by : Dorothy Salisbury Davis
Teleplay by : Charles Beaumont
Tom Tully as Phil Canby, Phyllis Love as Sue Thompson, Alan Baxter as Matt ThompsonJanuary 31, 1960 (1960-01-31)
Phil Canby (Tully) is accused of murdering Matt Thompson during an argument over 59-year-old Canby's romantic relationship with Matt's teenage daughter Sue (Love). Canby's alibi is that he was babysitting his grandson, but a neighbor insists that she heard hysterical crying around the time of the murder. When Canby is arrested, Sue has a manic fit and begins crying, revealing that she is the one who killed her father.
17219"Not the Running Type"Arthur HillerStory by : Henry Slesar
Teleplay by : Jerry Sohl
Paul Hartman as Milton Potter, Robert BrayFebruary 7, 1960 (1960-02-07)
Mild-mannered Milton Potter (Hartman) steals $200,000 from his place of work and surrenders to the police. After 13 years in prison, Potter is released and returns the money to the police, ending his parole. However, Potter has earned $150,000 from investing the stolen money, and uses the profits to travel the world in luxury.
17320"The Day of the Bullet"Norman LloydStory by : Stanley Ellin
Teleplay by : Bill S. Ballinger
Barry Gordon as Iggy, Glenn Walken as CleteFebruary 14, 1960 (1960-02-14)
Young best friends Iggy (Gordon) and Clete (Walken) witness mobster Mr. Rose beating up a frightened man. Iggy insists on reporting the incident to the police, but is heartbroken when the police refuse to take him seriously, and his father is too frightened to stand up for him. 35 years later, Iggy has become a mobster himself, and Clete sees a newspaper article of his death by gunshot.
17421"Hitch Hike"Paul HenreidStory by : Ed Lacy
Teleplay by : Bernard C. Schoenfeld
John McIntire as Charles Underhill, Robert Morse as Len, Suzanne Pleshette as Anne UnderhillFebruary 21, 1960 (1960-02-21)
Charles Underhill (McIntire) and his niece Anne (Pleshette) pick up teenager Len (Morse) as a hitchhiker. Underhill learns that Len is a juvenile delinquent and, believing that Len is going to hurt him, speeds to get the attention of a police officer. Len is revealed to be unarmed, and Underhill receives a ticket instead. Underhill is distressed at destroying his crime-free record, but Len pickpockets the officer's book, saving him.
17522"Across the Threshold"Arthur HillerStory by : L. B. Gordon
Teleplay by : Charlotte Armstrong
Patricia Collinge as Sofie, George Grizzard as Hubert, Barbara Baxley as IrmaFebruary 28, 1960 (1960-02-28)
Hubert (Grizzard) learns that his controlling mother Sofie (Collinge) has been thinking of taking poison to join her late husband, Arthur. Hubert has his girlfriend Irma (Baxley) pretend to be a medium and convince Sofie that Arthur is lonely. Hubert expects Sofie to take the poison alone, but she secretly poisons his drink as well.
17623"Craig's Will"Gene ReynoldsStory by : Valerie Dyke
Teleplay by : Burt Styler & Albert E. Lewin
Dick Van Dyke as Thomas Craig, Stella Stevens as Judy, Paul StewartMarch 6, 1960 (1960-03-06)
Thomas Craig (Van Dyke) is disappointed when his late uncle leaves his fortune to his dog Casper. Thomas' girlfriend Judy (Stevens) tries to have Casper killed, but fails repeatedly. Judy concludes that the only way to get the Craig fortune is to marry Casper herself.
17724"Madame Mystery"John BrahmStory by : Robert Bloch
Teleplay by : William Fay
Audrey Totter as Betsy Blake, Joby Baker as Jimmy DolanMarch 27, 1960 (1960-03-27)
When aged movie star Betsy Blake (Totter) dies in a boat accident, young Hollywood PR man Jimmy Dolan (Baker) exploits her death to create a massive publicity campaign and advance his career. Three months later Betsy returns, alive and ready to take advantage of her new "legend", but Jimmy, distraught at having his success overshadowed, kills her. It is then revealed that Betsy was Jimmy's mother.
17825"The Little Man Who Was There"George Stevens, Jr.Gordon Russell & Larry WardNorman Lloyd as the mystery man, Arch Johnson as Jaime McMahon, Read Morgan as Ben McMahonApril 3, 1960 (1960-04-03)
Newcomers Jamie and Ben McMahon (Johnson and Morgan) have civilized the unruly community of Copperpocket and gained everyone's respect. One night a mysterious man (Lloyd) shows seemingly demonic powers to defeat the brothers, and takes everyone's money. However, it was a con, performed by the man and the brothers together.
17926"Mother, May I Go Out to Swim?"Herschel DaughertyStory by : Q. Patrick
Teleplay by : James Cavanagh
William Shatner as John, Jessie Royce Landis as Claire, Gia Scala as LottieApril 10, 1960 (1960-04-10)
John (Shatner) has an unnaturally close relationship with his mother, Claire (Landis), which worries John's new lover Lottie (Scala). Lottie suggests taking Claire to their favorite spot by a waterfall; John understands this as Lottie's suggestion that they kill Claire, but John pushes Lottie off the cliff instead.
18027"The Cuckoo Clock"John BrahmStory by : Frank Mace
Teleplay by : Robert Bloch
Beatrice Straight as Ida Blythe, Fay Spain as Madeleine, Donald Buka as the mental patientApril 17, 1960 (1960-04-17)
Ida Blythe (Straight) is staying alone at her cottage while a patient has recently escaped from a nearby mental institution. A woman named Madeleine (Spain) sneaks into Ida's cottage, claiming that she was followed by the patient. Madeleine's rambling scares Ida, and when a man (Buka) knocks on the door to tell her about the female runaway patient, Ida opens the door. However, the man is the real patient.
18128"Forty Detectives Later"Arthur HillerHenry SlesarJames Franciscus as William Tyre, Jack Weston as OttoApril 24, 1960 (1960-04-24)
Private investigator William Tyre (Franciscus) is hired by Munro Dean to lure a man named Otto (Weston) to a hotel room so that Dean can meet him. Dean believes that Otto killed his wife, and wants revenge. Tyre does his job, but has a change of heart and goes to the room just as Dean and Otto have shot each other. While dying, Otto admits to Tyre that he killed Dean's wife, but that he was hired by Dean to do it.
18229"The Hero"John BrahmStory by : Henry De Vere Stacpoole
Teleplay by : Bill S. Ballinger
Eric Portman as Sir Richard Musgrave, Oskar Homolka as Jan Vander KlaueMay 1, 1960 (1960-05-01)
While on a cruise ship Sir Richard Musgrave (Portman) sees a former business partner, Jan Vander Klaue (Homolka), whom Richard thought that he had killed years ago, but is now living under a new name. Upon learning that he was also responsible for the death of Jan's wife, Richard jumps overboard. Jan seemingly tries to save Richard, but in actuality drowns him, though he is afterward hailed as a hero for his "attempt".
18330"Insomnia"John BrahmHenry SlesarDennis Weaver as Charles CavenderMay 8, 1960 (1960-05-08)
Charles Cavender (Weaver) suffers from insomnia, caused by his fear of his brother-in-law, Jack Fletcher. Charles' wife was killed in a house fire and her brother, Jack, believes that Charles let her die. Charles confronts Jack at his apartment and, after a struggle, Jack is killed. That night Charles sleeps peacefully, and does not wake up when his heater catches aflame and burns his apartment building down.
18431"I Can Take Care of Myself"Alan Crosland, Jr.Story by : Fred McMorrow
Teleplay by : Thomas Grant
Myron McCormick as Bert Haber, Linda Lawson as GeorgiaMay 15, 1960 (1960-05-15)
Bert Haber (McCormick) is a piano player in a club, and friends with singer Georgia (Lawson). When gangster "Little Dandy" harasses Georgia, she pours a drink over his head, humiliating him. The next day a detective informs Bert that Georgia has been killed and questions him, discovering that Bert knows enough to have Little Dandy arrested. However, the "detective" is one of Little Dandy's goons, and takes Bert away.
18532"One Grave Too Many"Arthur HillerStory by : Henry Slesar
Teleplay by : Eli Jerome
Neile Adams as Irene Helmer, Jeremy Slate as Joe Helmer, Biff Elliot, Howard McNearMay 22, 1960 (1960-05-22)
Irene and Joe Helmer (Adams and Slate) are in dire financial straits. One night Joe sees a man collapse and, thinking him dead, steals his wallet. Later Joe finds a card in the man's wallet stating that the man suffered from a cataleptic illness that only looks like death. Joe goes to the police to confess and save the man, only to learn that the dead man is a pickpocket and that the wallet was stolen from someone else.
18633"Party Line"Hilton A. GreenStory by : Henry Slesar
Teleplay by : Eli Jerome
Judy Canova as Helen Parch, Royal Dano as Mr. Atkins, Arch Johnson as Heywood MillerMay 29, 1960 (1960-05-29)
Helen Parch (Canova) enjoys abusing the party line. One day she is warned by police officer Mr. Atkins (Dano) that a man named Heywood Miller (Johnson) escaped prison and may come after her. Years ago, Helen refused to let Heywood use the party line to call the doctor, which led to the death of Miller's wife. That night Heywood breaks into Helen's house, and when she tries to call the sheriff's office, the party line is busy.
18734"Cell 227"Paul HenreidStory by : Bryce Walton
Teleplay by : Bill S. Ballinger
Brian Keith as Herbert Morrison, James Best as the wardenJune 5, 1960 (1960-06-05)
Herbert Morrison (Keith) is on death row for murder and wants to die with dignity, refusing his lawyer's attempt for a stay of execution. When Herbert is taken to the gas chamber, he kills a guard and is taken away. Afterward the warden tells Herbert that his lawyer obtained a stay and found a witness to clear his name, but since Herbert killed the guard, he will never be pardoned.
18835"The Schartz-Metterklume Method"Richard DunlapStory by : Saki
Teleplay by : Marian Cockrell
Hermione Gingold as Miss HopeJune 12, 1960 (1960-06-12)
Mrs. Wellington picks up the new governess Miss Hope (Gingold) from the train station, and is quickly thrown by Miss Hope's outspokenness. For the next few days Miss Hope teaches the Wellington children with enthusiasm, but Mr. and Mrs. Wellington are appalled by her unorthodox methods and fire her. Miss Hope leaves in good spirits, because she is actually wealthy aristocrat Lady Charlotte; Mrs. Wellington mistook her for Miss Hope, and Charlotte enjoyed the distraction.
18936"Letter of Credit"Paul HenreidHelen NielsenBob Sweeney as William Spengler, Robert Bray as Henry TaylorJune 19, 1960 (1960-06-19)
Henry Taylor (Bray) visits Kirkland Bank to question its president, William Spengler (Sweeney). Three years ago a bank employee, Arnold Mathias, was convicted of stealing money from the bank, and Arnold recently died in a prison escape attempt, though his cellmate made it out. Henry questions William aggressively, believing that Arnold was framed and that William stole the money. William, believing that Henry is Arnold's escaped cellmate, tries to make a deal with him, but Henry is actually the police officer who killed Arnold and is trying to make amends by arresting the true culprit.
19037"Escape to Sonoita"Stuart RosenbergStory by : James A. Howard
Teleplay by : James A. Howard & Bill S. Ballinger
Burt Reynolds as Bill Davis, Murray Hamilton as Marsh, Harry Dean Stanton as Lemon, James Bell as Andy DavisJune 26, 1960 (1960-06-26)
When their car breaks down in the desert, criminals Marsh and Lemon (Hamilton and Stanton) steal a tanker from Andy and Bill Davis (Bell and Reynolds), unaware that Andy and Bill know how to survive in the desert. The next day the police find the tanker, also broken down, along with Marsh and Lemon's bodies. The kidnappers turned on each other when their water ran out, not realizing that the Davises' tanker was carrying water.
19138"Hooked"Norman LloydStory by : Robert Turner
Teleplay by : Thomas Grant
Robert Horton as Ray, Vivienne Segal as Gladys, Anne Francis as Nyla FosterSeptember 25, 1960 (1960-09-25)
Ray (Horton) is married to an older woman, Gladys (Segal), but has dalliances with younger women. Ray's latest love is Nyla Foster (Francis), who resists his attentions and inspires him to kill Gladys so they can be together. One day Ray takes Gladys fishing, hoping to drown her, but Gladys knocks him out first and throws him overboard. It was all planned by Gladys, Nyla and her father, because Gladys and Mr. Foster are lovers.

Season 6 (1960–61)

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1921"Mrs. Bixby and the Colonel's Coat"Alfred HitchcockStory by : Roald Dahl
Teleplay by : Halsted Welles
Audrey Meadows as Mrs. Bixby, Les Tremayne as Dr. BixbySeptember 27, 1960 (1960-09-27)
Married Mrs. Bixby (Meadows) receives an expensive coat from her lover and wants to keep it without arousing her husband, Dr. Bixby's (Tremayne) suspicion. She has the coat pawned and pretends to find the pawn ticket, which she gives to her husband to retrieve the item. However, Mrs. Bixby is dismayed when her husband gives her a small mink stole; Dr. Bixby's nurse has the coat, thus implying that he is having an affair with her.
1932"The Doubtful Doctor"Arthur HillerStory by : Louis Paul
Teleplay by : Jerry Sohl
Dick York as Ralph Jones, Gena Rowlands as Lucille JonesOctober 4, 1960 (1960-10-04)
One stressful day, Ralph Jones (York) argues with his wife, Lucille (Rowlands), and then mysteriously travels two years back in time, to when he was still a bachelor. Ralph finds Lucille, but what should have been their first date is a disaster. Broken-hearted, Ralph jumps into the river and wakes up back in his regular "present". Later, Ralph's psychiatrist tells him that the episode was just a dream, but Ralph has a set of baseball cards that he brought back from his travel.
1943"Very Moral Theft"Norman LloydStory by : Jack Dillon
Teleplay by : Allan Gordon
Betty Field as Helen, Walter Matthau as Harry WadeOctober 11, 1960 (1960-10-11)
Spinster Helen (Field) is dating Harry Wade (Matthau), a rude lumber yard owner who Helen's brother, John, believes is a crook. When Harry is about to lose his business, Helen "borrows" $8,000 from her office in order to help Harry. When Harry learns about this, he pays her back the money by borrowing from his "friends". A week later, Helen learns that Harry died to get the money for her.
1954"The Contest for Aaron Gold"Norman LloydStory by : Philip Roth
Teleplay by : William Fay
Barry Gordon as Aaron Gold, Sydney Pollack as Bernie, Frank Maxwell as SternOctober 18, 1960 (1960-10-18)
Bernie (Pollack) is a ceramics teacher at a summer camp, and is protective of Aaron Gold (Gordon), a boy who dislikes athletics but loves sculpture. As Aaron has no other accomplishments, the camp's performance-driven owner Stern (Maxwell) orders that Bernie "finish" Aaron's sculpture of a one-armed knight to show off to Aaron's father. Bernie adds the arm, which upsets Aaron deeply, because the statue is a tribute to Aaron's father, who only has one arm.
1965"The Five-Forty-Eight"John BrahmStory by : John Cheever
Teleplay by : Charlotte Armstrong
Phyllis Thaxter as Miss Dent, Zachary Scott as Mr. BlakeOctober 25, 1960 (1960-10-25)
Miss Dent (Thaxter) was secretary to married Mr. Blake (Scott), but was fired on the day after they had a liaison. After weeks of being avoided, Miss Dent finally corners Mr. Blake at gunpoint and holds him hostage through his train commute in order to talk to him so that she can move on.
1976"Pen Pal"John BrahmStory by : Henry Slesar & Jay Folb
Teleplay by : Hilary Murray
Katherine Squire as Miss Lowen, Clu Gulager as Rod CollinsNovember 1, 1960 (1960-11-01)
Elderly Miss Lowen (Squire) learns from Detective Berger that her niece Margie has been exchanging romantic letters with convict Rod Collins (Gulager) for the past two years, and Collins has just escaped prison and may come for her. When Collins breaks into Miss Lowen's house in search of Margie, Miss Lowen knocks Collins out and calls the police, who capture him. Unknown to all, Miss Lowen is the one who has been writing to Collins all along, using her niece's name.
1987"Outlaw in Town"Herschel DaughertyMichael FessierRicardo Montalbán as Tony Lorca, Constance FordNovember 15, 1960 (1960-11-15)
Tony Lorca (Montalbán) is an outlaw who arrives at a small town during a blizzard. The townsfolk learn that there is a reward of $5,000 to turn Tony in, so various people bid for his custody. However, "Tony" is actually Pepe, the real Tony's brother. Tony died a year prior and Pepe has been pretending to be Tony in order to swindle people out of their money.
1998"O Youth and Beauty!"Norman LloydStory by : John Cheever
Teleplay by : Halsted Welles
Gary Merrill as Cash Bentley, Patricia Breslin as Louise BentleyNovember 22, 1960 (1960-11-22)
Cash Bentley (Merrill) is a former champion hurdler who is bitter that his glory days have passed. Despite his wife Louise (Breslin)'s protests and Cash's physical limitations, Cash keeps racing whenever he is taunted by others. One night, Cash gives Louise his gun and asks her to fire it so he can race one more time. Louise, unfamiliar with guns, accidentally shoots him.
2009"The Money"Alan Crosland, Jr.Henry SlesarRobert Loggia as Larry, Doris Dowling as Angie, Will Kuluva as Stefan BregornickNovember 29, 1960 (1960-11-29)
Small-time crook Larry (Loggia) gets a job with wealthy Stefan Bregornick (Kuluva), who knew Larry's father and is an importer of stolen goods. Four months into the job, Larry steals $30,000 from Bregornick, but returns it a few hours later, apologizing for his moment of weakness. Larry's girlfriend Angie (Dowling) is angered at Larry's giving back the money, but Larry explains that he now has Bregornick's trust, and a bigger opportunity to steal will come his way soon.
20110"Sybilla"Ida LupinoStory by : Margaret Manners
Teleplay by : Charlotte Armstrong
Barbara Bel Geddes as Sybilla Meade, Alexander Scourby as Horace MeadeDecember 6, 1960 (1960-12-06)
Horace Meade's (Scourby) new wife Sybilla (Bel Geddes) is perfectly obedient and agrees to all his unconventional demands. Despite this, Horace grows uncomfortable with her and tries to poison her, but is mysteriously thwarted. Horace concludes that Sybilla knew about the poison and has made contingencies with her lawyer in case she dies, and his only choice is to keep her alive and healthy. After 10 years of marriage, Sybilla dies of natural causes. Horace learns that there was no contingency plan, and he realizes that he truly loved her in the end.
20211"The Man with Two Faces"Stuart RosenbergHenry SlesarSpring Byington as Alice Wagner, Steve Dunne as Lt. Meade, Bethel LeslieDecember 13, 1960 (1960-12-13)
While browsing mugshots, elderly Alice Wagner (Byington) finds a photo of a man who looks like her beloved daughter's husband. She is assured by police officer Lt. Meade (Dunne) that it is a coincidence, but she is later shocked when both her daughter and son-in-law are revealed to be wanted criminals.
20312"The Baby-Blue Expression"Arthur HillerStory by : Mary Stolz
Teleplay by : Helen Nielsen
Sarah Marshall as Mrs. BarrettDecember 20, 1960 (1960-12-20)
Scatterbrained Mrs. Barrett (Marshall) conspires with her lover Philip to kill her husband James while he is away on a business trip. She mistakenly mails an incriminating letter about the murder plan to James, and frantically tries to get it back, but fails.
20413"The Man Who Found the Money"Alan Crosland, Jr.Story by : James E. Cronin
Teleplay by : Allan Gordon
Arthur Hill as William BensonDecember 27, 1960 (1960-12-27)
While on holiday in Las Vegas, William Benson (Hill) stumbles on a clip containing $92,000. Despite being tempted, he reports it in so that it can be returned to its owner, casino mogul Mr. Newsome. However, the clip is supposed to contain $102,000 and Mr. Newsome kidnaps Benson's wife, demanding that Benson "return" the missing money.
20514"The Changing Heart"Robert FloreyRobert BlochNicholas Pryor as Dane Rosse, Anne Helm as Lisa Klemm, Abraham Sofaer as Ulrich KlemmJanuary 3, 1961 (1961-01-03)
Dane Rosse (Pryor) falls in love with Lisa Klemm (Helm), granddaughter of clockmaker Ulrich Klemm (Sofaer). Ulrich is highly protective of Lisa and refuses to let the pair marry. Dane leaves town heartbroken, and learns through a friend that Lisa has fallen seriously ill. When Dane returns, Ulrich has died of exhaustion from his work of "saving" Lisa by turning her into a clockwork automaton.
20615"Summer Shade"Herschel DaughertyStory by : Nora H. Caplan
Teleplay by : Harold Swanton
Julie Adams as Phyllis Kendall, James Franciscus as Ben KendallJanuary 10, 1961 (1961-01-10)
Not long after Phyllis and Ben Kendall (Adams and Franciscus) move into the house that they have bought from elderly Amelia Gastell, their daughter Katie claims that she has made a new friend, "Lettie", whom her parents never see. Phyllis suspects that Lettie is Lauretta Bishop, a Puritan girl who died in 1694. When Ben asks Amelia to find a new friend for Katie, Amelia brings "Judy" to their house, but Judy is actually Lettie, who is also Lauretta Bishop.
20716"A Crime for Mothers"Ida LupinoHenry SlesarClaire Trevor as Mrs. Meade, Biff Elliot as Phil AmesJanuary 24, 1961 (1961-01-24)
Mrs. Meade (Trevor) wants to extort money from Jane and Ralph Birdwell, the couple who raised Mrs. Meade's abandoned daughter Eileen as their own. Meade teams up with private investigator Phil Ames (Elliot) to kidnap Eileen, but it turns out to be a trap, as Phil is a friend of the Birdwells.
20817"The Last Escape"Paul HenreidHenry SlesarKeenan Wynn as Joe Ferlini, Jan Sterling as Wanda FerliniJanuary 31, 1961 (1961-01-31)
Joe and Wanda Ferlini (Wynn and Sterling) are a husband-and-wife escape artist act, though their marital relationship is strained. When Joe performs a dangerous water escape, Wanda switches his keys, causing him to drown. However, at the funeral a coroner opens the coffin, revealing to the public that it is empty. Joe's agent privately arranged that Joe be buried somewhere secret as a final "escape", but due to the stunt, Wanda goes insane.
20918"The Greatest Monster of Them All"Robert StevensStory by : Bryce Walton
Teleplay by : Robert Bloch
William Redfield as Fred Logan, Richard Hale as Ernst von Croft, Sam Jaffe, Robert H. Harris as Morty LentonFebruary 14, 1961 (1961-02-14)
Screenwriter Fred Logan (Redfield) asks his director Morty Lenton (Harris) to cast veteran horror actor Ernst von Croft (Hale) in their latest film in a comeback role. Although Fred and von Croft believe that it is a regular horror film, Morty has reworked it as a horror parody, which embarrasses von Croft. In revenge, von Croft dresses as a vampire and kills Morty before committing suicide.
21019"The Landlady"Paul HenreidStory by : Roald Dahl
Teleplay by : Robert Bloch
Dean Stockwell as Billy Weaver, Patricia Collinge as the landladyFebruary 21, 1961 (1961-02-21)
Billy Weaver (Stockwell) finds accommodations in the house of a friendly landlady (Collinge). The landlady keeps referring to two other tenants, but Weaver never sees them. One day Weaver drinks a cup of tea prepared by his landlady and becomes completely immobile. The landlady has a hobby of collecting and stuffing her "pets", which include the tenants that she likes.
21120"The Throwback"John BrahmHenry SlesarScott Marlowe as Eliot Gray, Murray Matheson as Cyril Hardeen, Joyce Meadows as EnidFebruary 28, 1961 (1961-02-28)
Enid (Meadows) has two lovers, Eliot Gray (Marlowe) and Cyril Hardeen (Matheson). The two men meet, and the older and more sophisticated Cyril frames Eliot for beating Cyril up. Enid refuses to believe the truth and leaves Eliot for Cyril.
21221"The Kiss-Off"Alan Crosland, Jr.Story by : John P. Foran
Teleplay by : Talmage Powell
Rip Torn as Ernie WaltersMarch 7, 1961 (1961-03-07)
Ernie Walters (Torn) is newly released from prison after serving six years for a crime that he was only just proven to be innocent of. In order to get back at the detective and district attorney who convicted him, Ernie robs the tax office and leaves just enough "flaws" in his plan that the detective and DA suspect that he is the culprit, but are unable to pursue a case against him.
21322"The Horseplayer"Alfred HitchcockHenry SlesarClaude Rains as Father Amion, Ed Gardner as SheridanMarch 14, 1961 (1961-03-14)
The newest arrival at Father Amion's (Rains) church is Sheridan (Gardner), a gambler who believes that prayer has caused his recent success at the horse races. Father Amion disapproves of gambling but, due to shortage of funds to fix the church, gives Sheridan his life savings on a "sure" winning horse. Father Amion is quickly remorseful and prays that the horse lose instead. Sheridan returns with news that the horse just missed winning, and declares that he will stop gambling, which pleases Father Amion. However, Father Amion is surprised to get his money back with a little extra, because Sheridan put his bet on the horse to place, not to win.
21423"Incident in a Small Jail"Norman LloydHenry SlesarJohn Fiedler as Leon Gorwald, Richard Jaeckel as the suspect, Ron Nicholas as the sheriffMarch 21, 1961 (1961-03-21)
Traveling salesman Leon Gorwald (Fiedler) is arrested for jaywalking in a small town and placed in jail with a suspected serial killer (Jaeckel). The suspect escapes just before a lynch mob storms the prison, and Gorwald is mistakenly taken to be hanged, but is saved by the sheriff at the last moment. However, the escaped suspect was an innocent man, and Gorwald is the real killer.
21524"A Woman's Help"Arthur HillerHenry SlesarGeraldine Fitzgerald as Elizabeth, Scott McKay as Arnold, Antoinette Bower as Miss GrecoMarch 28, 1961 (1961-03-28)
Arnold (McKay) is controlled by his domineering but invalid wife, Elizabeth (Fitzgerald). When the attractive Miss Greco (Bower) is hired as Elizabeth's nurse, she and Arnold begin an affair and slowly poison Elizabeth by overdosing her medicine. Before she can die, Elizabeth catches them kissing and fires Miss Greco. Elizabeth then hires an older woman to be her nurse, not knowing that the woman is Arnold's mother, who helps him continue to poison Elizabeth.
21625"Museum Piece"Paul HenreidStory by : William C. Morrison
Teleplay by : Harold Swanton
Larry Gates as Mr. Hollister, Myron McCormick as Newton B. ClovisApril 4, 1961 (1961-04-04)
Mr. Hollister (Gates) is curator of a small museum that displays trinkets and human remains. He is visited by Newton B. Clovis (McCormick) who claims to be an archaeo-psychologist. Hollister tells him that the museum's collection was made by his son, Ben, who died after being erroneously convicted of first degree murder. It is revealed that the modern skeleton in the museum belongs to the district attorney who convicted Ben, and Clovis is investigating that murder.
21726"Coming, Mama"George Stevens, Jr.Story by : Henriette McClelland
Teleplay by : James Cavanagh
Eileen Heckart as Lucy, Don DeFore as ArthurApril 11, 1961 (1961-04-11)
Lucy (Heckart) has waited on her malingering mother her whole life, to the point where she is not allowed to get married. When Lucy's lover Arthur (DeFore) proposes for the last time, Lucy overdoses her mother's sleeping medicine successfully. However, after Lucy marries Arthur, she discovers that Arthur's mother is exactly the same kind of demanding, malingering woman that her mother had been.
21827"Deathmate"Alan Crosland, Jr.Story by : James Causey
Teleplay by : Bill S. Ballinger
Lee Philips as Fred Sheldon, Gia Scala as Lisa Talbot, Russell Collins as Alvin MossApril 18, 1961 (1961-04-18)
Fred Sheldon (Philips) is a con artist who targets wealthy married women. His current con on Lisa Talbot (Scala) is threatened by private detective Alvin Moss (Collins), who knows about his past. Fred murders Lisa's husband, but then learns that Moss was hired by Lisa, who used Fred to kill her husband.
21928"Gratitude"Alan Crosland, Jr.Story by : Donne Byrne
Teleplay by : William Fay
Peter Falk as Meyer Fine, Paul Hartman as JohnApril 25, 1961 (1961-04-25)
New York, 1916. Meyer Fine (Falk) is a casino owner with a crippling fear of death. When he makes a mistake that threatens his business, his former partners put a hit out on him. Meyer is terrified of waiting for them to act, so he begs his loyal valet, John (Hartman) to help kill him first.
22029"The Pearl Necklace"
"A Pearl Weeps"
Don WeisPeggy and Lou ShawHazel Court as Charlotte Rutherford, Ernest Truex as Howard Rutherford, Jack Cassidy as MarkMay 2, 1961 (1961-05-02)
Wealthy 65-year-old Howard Rutherford (Truex) proposes to 25-year-old Charlotte (Court). Charlotte's current lover, Mark (Cassidy), makes Charlotte accept so they can live on Howard's fortune when he dies. However, Howard lives on for years, and Mark marries someone else and has a son. Howard finally dies at 90, and to Mark's dismay, Charlotte begins a new love affair with his son, Billy, who is 20 years old.
22130"You Can't Trust a Man"Paul HenreidHelen NielsenPolly Bergen as Crystal Coe, Joe Maross as Tony CoeMay 9, 1961 (1961-05-09)
Successful singer Crystal Coe (Bergen) tried to erase all evidence of her sordid past, and the only person who knows the truth is Tony, her husband, who spent seven years in prison after taking the fall for Crystal's petty theft. Crystal shoots Tony and makes it seem as though she was protecting herself from a random stalker. However, she learns that Tony filed for an invention patent and the police are tracking down his beneficiaries.
22231"The Gloating Place"Alan Crosland, Jr.Robert BlochSusan Harrison as Susan Harper, Henry Brandt as the police detectiveMay 16, 1961 (1961-05-16)
Lonely high school student Susan Harper (Harrison) pretends that she was attacked by a masked man in order to get attention. She is successful, but when the community moves on to the next big news, she strangles the school's most popular girl to make it seem as though the "masked man" is responsible. Susan is pleased to be relevant again, but her actions have inspired a copycat masked man, who attacks and strangles her.
22332"Self Defense"Paul HenreidJohn T. KelleyGeorge Nader as Gerald Clark, Audrey Totter as Mrs. PhilipsMay 23, 1961 (1961-05-23)
Gerald Clark (Nader) is a former soldier with PTSD. When he is held at gunpoint by a young robber, he shoots the boy, killing him. Although Gerald is exonerated by the police, the boy's mother, Mrs. Philips (Trotter), confronts Gerald with a gun, demanding to know why he made three killing shots in a row. After a stand-off, Mrs. Philips puts the gun away, but Gerald is triggered by her gun and shoots her repeatedly.
22433"A Secret Life"Don WeisStory by : Nicholas Monsarrat
Teleplay by : Jerry Sohl
Ronald Howard as James, Mary Murphy, Patricia Donahue as MarjorieMay 31, 1961 (1961-05-31)
James (Howard) wants to divorce his wife Marjorie (Donahue), but has no grounds for it. He reluctantly hires a private investigator who tails after Marjorie, and is shocked to hear that his wife has been throwing parties and has an actor as her lover. James is jealous and reconciles with Marjorie, but later learns that the PI had been following the wrong woman, an actress who looks very similar to Marjorie.
22534"Servant Problem"Alan Crosland, Jr.Henry SlesarJo Van Fleet as Molly Drake, John Emery as Kerwin DrakeJune 6, 1961 (1961-06-06)
Successful author Kerwin Drake (Emery) receives a surprise visit from Molly (Fleet), the wife he walked out on 22 years ago. Kerwin has made a new life for himself and refuses to acknowledge Molly; instead he tells his friends that she is his cook. Later, Kerwin visits Molly at her apartment and, after an argument, strangles her to death. The murder is witnessed by one of Kerwin's friends, who was at the apartment to hire Molly as a cook.
22635"Coming Home"Alf KjellinHenry SlesarCrahan Denton as Harry Beggs, Jeanette Nolan as Edith BeggsJune 13, 1961 (1961-06-13)
Harry Beggs (Denton) leaves prison with over $1,600 of back pay from 20 years of working in the prison work camps. He stops at a bar and is tricked by a young woman named Angela into getting drunk, and all of his money is stolen. Later Harry goes to his estranged wife Edith's (Nolan) house for a reunion, and is dismayed to meet Angela there — she is his daughter.
22736"Final Arrangements"Gordon HesslerStory by : Lawrence A. Page
Teleplay by : Robert Arthur
Martin Balsam as Leonard Thompson, Vivian Nathan as Elise Thompson, Slim PickensJune 20, 1961 (1961-06-20)
Leonard Thompson (Balsam) is tired of being stuck with his invalid wife Elise (Nathan) and longs for adventure anywhere else. He buys poison and makes lavish arrangements with a funeral home, but it is not for her — instead, Leonard commits suicide.
22837"Make My Death Bed"Arthur HillerStory by : Babs H. Deal
Teleplay by : Henry A. Cogge
Diana Van der Vlis as Elise Taylor, James Best as Bish DarbyJune 27, 1961 (1961-06-27)
Married Elise Taylor (der Vlis) is having an affair with married Bish Darby (Best). While Bish's wife is away, Elise's husband walks in on the pair and shoots Bish dead. When the police call Bish's wife, she confesses to the murder, thinking that Bish drank her poisoned saccharin.
22938"Ambition"Paul HenreidStory by : Charles Boeckman
Teleplay by : Joel Murcott
Leslie Nielsen as Rudy Cox, Harold J. Stone as Marc DavisJuly 4, 1961 (1961-07-04)
District attorney Rudy Cox (Nielsen) has been hiding his relationship with racketeer Marc Davis (Stone), who saved his life in the war years ago. Davis secretly meets Cox to tell him that he is going straight and will leave the business. However, the next day a crucial witness is killed and Davis' only alibi is that he was with Cox at the time of the murder, but Cox refuses to acknowledge Davis.

Season 7 (1961–62)

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2301"The Hatbox"Alan Crosland, Jr.Henry SlesarPaul Ford as Mr. Jarvis, Billy Gray as Perry HatchOctober 10, 1961 (1961-10-10)
Professor Jarvis is a teacher of anatomy who discovers that one of his students Perry Hatch is cheating on an exam. Perry pleads for forgiveness, but Jarvis threatens to tell Perry's father. Later, Perry visits Jarvis to try to get him to change his mind. At Jarvis's house, Perry sees the professor disposing of an old hat box. Knowing that Jarvis's wife Margaret has not been seen in a while, he begins to suspect foul play. He examines the hat box and discovers a brand new hat, which is very unlikely to be thrown away. Perry informs a police inspector named Roman who interviews Jarvis. Jarvis claims that he and his wife are separated and denies that there has been any wrongdoing. Roman accepts Jarvis's story and returns his wife's hat. Jarvis takes the hat to his study. He places the hat on a skeleton hanging there and says "Goodnight, Margaret"..
2312"Bang! You're Dead"Alfred HitchcockStory by : Margery Vosper
Teleplay by : Harold Swanton
Bill Mumy as Jackie ChesterOctober 17, 1961 (1961-10-17)
Six-year old Jackie Chester is delighted when his Uncle Rick arrives from Africa with a surprise gift. Unable to wait until Rick unpacks, Jackie goes through his Uncle's bags and finds a gun and ammunition. Jackie thinks it is a toy, the gift his uncle promised. He goes outside to play with it. Jackie's parents and Uncle Rick discover that Jackie is on the loose with a loaded gun and set out frantically to find him. After aiming and not firing the gun at various people, Jackie goes home and asks the maid to play with him. When she says she's too busy, Jackie aims the gun and fires it at her. Uncle Rick and the parents arrive just in time to deflect the shot.
2323"Maria"Boris SagalStory by : John Wyndham
Teleplay by : John Collier
Nita Talbot as Carol Torbey, Norman Lloyd as Leo TorbeyOctober 24, 1961 (1961-10-24)
Leo Torbey works at a carnival and wakes one day after a night of drinking to discover that he has bought a strange monkey for his sideshow. The monkey is actually a dwarf named Maria who draws portraits of people while disguised as a monkey. Maria falls in love with Leo, which causes problems with Leo's wife Carol. When Leo is away, El Magnifico tries to seduce Carol. Maria draws a picture depicting Carol and El Magnifico in an embrace. Seeing the picture, Leo accuses Carol of cheating on him. He throws her out after an angry denial. Finally having Leo all to herself, Maria confesses her love for Leo. Angrily, Leo spurns her affections and sells her to another carny named Benny. Leo writes to his wife begging her to return. Unfortunately, Leo is killed by an angry Benny who was driven to a murderous rage after he saw a drawing of Maria that showed Leo and Benny's wife in a romantic embrace.
2334"Cop for a Day"Paul HenreidHenry SlesarWalter Matthau as PhilOctober 31, 1961 (1961-10-31)
Phil and Davey are two stick-up men who get into trouble when Davey shoots a bank messenger during a hold up. There is a witness to the crime and when the messenger dies Phil realizes that they now face a murder charge. He is determined to eliminate the witness. He devises a plan, but refuses to tell Davey about it. Phil disguises himself as a police officer and manages to bluff his way past the guards at the witness's apartment. He kills the witness and makes a successful escape. Later, when he returns to his hideout he is shot by Davey, who mistakes him for a real cop coming to arrest him.
2345"Keep Me Company"Alan Crosland, Jr.Henry SlesarAnne Francis as Julia ReddyNovember 7, 1961 (1961-11-07)
When her husband Marco tells her that he is working late again with his brother, Julia Reddy is angry. Later when she hears a noise, she calls the police. The police think it's a false alarm, but she gets an idea. She calls a detective and asks him to find the prowler. When the detective arrives, she tries to seduce him. Marco arrives, but when he sees the pair he doesn't get jealous. He tries to run away. The detective apprehends Marco and Julie discovers that Marco and his brother have been robbing warehouses at night. Her unwitting trick on her husband has gotten him arrested.
2356"Beta Delta Gamma"Alan Crosland, Jr.Calvin ClementsBurt Brinckerhoff as Alan, Barbara SteeleNovember 14, 1961 (1961-11-14)
Mark and Alan are frat boys. During a party at a beachfront frat house, Mark challenges Alan to a drinking contest. Alan drinks a full pitcher of beer, but Mark refuses to do the same. Alan becomes angry, but he and Mark eventually pass out. Alan's frat brothers decide to play a joke on him by injecting Mark with a substance to make him appear dead. They place a bloody weapon in Alan's hand, hoping that when he wakes up he'll think he killed Mark. The pranks goes off according to plan until Alan decides to cover up the "murder". He buries Mark's body on the beach. When the prank is revealed to him, he desperately returns to the beach. Unfortunately the high tide has washed away all traces of Mark's grave.
2367"You Can't Be a Little Girl All Your Life"Norman LloydStory by : Stanley Ellin
Teleplay by : Helen Nielsen
Dick York as Tom BartonNovember 21, 1961 (1961-11-21)
While her husband is away, Julie Barton is attacked in her home by an intruder. She doesn't get a good look at him, but manages to fight him off. In the process of fighting she rips one of the intruder's leather gloves. Julie is terrified. When she goes to identify the intruder in a police line up she wears a pair of dark sunglasses. She identifies one of the men and her husband Tom attacks him. Unfortunately Tom breaks his own leg. Later, as Tom is preparing to go to the doctor's, Julie notices a ripped leather glove in his possession. Tom reveals that pressure from work has caused him to have a breakdown. He admits that he snapped and was the man that attacked her. Julie goes to the police and tells them they got the wrong man.
2378"The Old Pro"Paul HenreidStory by : H. A. De Rosso
Teleplay by : Calvin Clements
Richard Conte as Frank Burns, Sara Shane as Loretta BurnsNovember 28, 1961 (1961-11-28)
Loretta Burns is under the mistaken impression that her husband Frank is really a former engineer. Frank is actually a retired hit man. When a man threatens to tell Loretta about Frank's past, Frank kills him and his partner. Hearing the news Frank's ex-boss insists that Frank return to work. He tells Frank that if he doesn't his wife may end up getting rubbed out.
2389"I Spy"Norman LloydStory by : John Mortimer
Teleplay by : John Collier
Kay Walsh as Mrs. Morgan, Eric Barker as FruteDecember 5, 1961 (1961-12-05)
A private detective named Frute is hired by a man named Captain Morgan in order to spy on his wife. Morgan is convinced that his wife is cheating on him. As Frute starts following Mrs. Morgan, he begins to fall for her. The two begin an affair though Mrs. Morgan does not know he was hired to spy on her. Later, Captain Morgan demands evidence of his wife's infidelity. Frute gives him detailed descriptions of his own meetings with Mrs. Morgan. Angrily, Morgan files for divorce and thus clears the way for a relationship between Frute and Mrs. Morgan.
23910"Services Rendered"Paul HenreidRichard Levinson & William LinkSteve Dunne as the amnesiacDecember 12, 1961 (1961-12-12)
While passing a construction site a young man is hit on the head and gets amnesia. He can't remember who he is or where he was going. The only clues he finds in his wallet: a thousand dollar bill and the name of Dr. Ralph Mannix. He visits Mannix, but the doctor doesn't recognize him. The doctor suggests that something familiar may trigger his memories to return. He sees a picture of the doctor's wife and wonders whether he has a wife of his own. Later his memory returns. He realizes that the thousand dollars was from the doctor's wife. He's a hitman and she hired him to kill her husband. He visits the doctor again and fulfills his contract.
24011"The Right Kind of Medicine"Alan Crosland, Jr.Henry SlesarRobert Redford as Charlie Pugh, Joby Baker as VernonDecember 19, 1961 (1961-12-19)
Charlie Pugh is a burglar who one day kills a police officer in a shootout. Unfortunately, there is a witness and Charlie himself is injured. Charlie visits Dr. Vogel who prescribes pain killers. When he goes to the drug store he hears his own description on the drug store's radio. The pharmacist, Mr. Fletcher, doesn't realize Charlie is the murderer and gives him the painkillers. Later Charlie returns to his apartment, but doesn't take the pain killers. He wants to stay alert in case he has to make a run for it. He decides to skip town and heads for the bus station. As he's leaving for the bus station, he sees Vernon, a clerk at the drugstore. Thinking that Vernon knows that he is a criminal, he kills him and leaves. Mr. Fletcher is called to identify Vernon's body. When he arrives, he reveals that he sent Vernon to Charlie's because he made a mistake in his prescription. Instead of giving him painkillers, he gave him a bottle of poison.
24112"A Jury of Her Peers"Robert FloreyStory by : Susan Glaspell
Teleplay by : James Cavanagh
Ann Harding as Sarah Hale, June Walker as Millie WrightDecember 26, 1961 (1961-12-26)
Millie Wright is arrested for the murder of her husband. She is later released for lack of evidence. Millie's neighbor Sarah Hale and the sheriff's wife Mary Peters decide to do some investigating on their own. They find evidence that Millie is the murderer, but they also discovered that Millie's husband was a violent brute who probably deserved what he got. Instead of turning in the evidence, the two decide to say nothing.
24213"The Silk Petticoat"John NewlandStory by : Joseph Shearing
Teleplay by : Halsted Welles & Norman Ginsbury
Michael Rennie as Humphrey J. Orford, Antoinette Bower as Elisa Minden-OrfordJanuary 2, 1962 (1962-01-02)
Elisa Minden begins to have second thoughts about marrying Sir Humphrey J. Orford. She has these second thoughts because he took her to his wife's grave and talked about torture as a way of purifying those guilty of infidelity. After she is married, Elisa's worst fears come true when Humphrey is found stabbed to death by Humphrey's first wife who is not dead. She was locked up in his study and had been kept there for years. She is now insane and could not call for help because Humphrey had cut out her tongue for adultery.
24314"Bad Actor"John NewlandStory by : Max Franklin
Teleplay by : Robert Bloch
Robert Duvall as Bart Conway, Charles Robinson as Jerry Lane, William Schallert as Lt. GundersonJanuary 9, 1962 (1962-01-09)
Bart Conway is a struggling actor with a bad temper and a drinking problem. He finds himself competing with a fellow actor Jerry Lane for the part of a strangler in an upcoming mystery. He invites Jerry over to his apartment for a little rehearsing. Bart gets a little too into character and chokes Jerry to death. To cover up his crime, he chops up the body and dissolves most of it in acid but is interrupted. A police lieutenant stops by to question him about Jerry's disappearance, but initially finds nothing amiss. As he leaves, he notices Bart's ice bucket which contains Jerry's undissolved head.
24415"The Door Without a Key"Herschel DaughertyStory by : Norman Daniels
Teleplay by : Irving Elman
Claude Rains as Sergeant Shaw, Bill Mumy as the boyJanuary 16, 1962 (1962-01-16)
Sergeant Shaw works the night shift at a police station when he is approached by an old man who is suffering from amnesia. A lost boy then appears. Shaw tries to send the man to a hospital and the boy to home. Both, however, refuse to go. Eventually more people arrive. Each lost in some way or another. Eventually Shaw manages to clear out everyone, but the boy and the old man. The boy reveals that his father left him at the police station so that he would be sent to a home. When he hears this, the old man's memory returns. He is wealthy and has lost his family. He lives all alone in an enormous mansion. Shaw urges the old man to adopt the boy so that both of them can have a family.
24516"The Case of M.J.H."Alan Crosland, Jr.Henry SlesarBarbara Baxley as Maude Sheridan, Robert Loggia as Jimmy FrenchJanuary 23, 1962 (1962-01-23)
Psychiatrist Dr. Cooper employs Maude Sheridan who falls for a crook named Jimmy French. French convinces her to allow him to look at Dr. Cooper's private files. He wants to blackmail one of his patients. French picks the file of M.J. Harrison. He discovers that Harrison had an affair with a woman named Diana. French approaches Harrison and demands money. Harrison agrees, but kills French instead. Dr. Cooper tells Maude the bad news about French. He then reveals that Harrison never had an affair. It was all the product of his disturbed mind. He believed the delusion so strongly, however, he was willing to kill to protect it.
24617"The Faith of Aaron Menefee"Norman LloydStory by : Stanley Ellin
Teleplay by : Ray Bradbury
Andrew Prine as Aaron Menefee, Sidney Blackmer as Otis JonesJanuary 30, 1962 (1962-01-30)
Reverend Otis Jones is a faith healer who stops at a service station to get his car repaired. The station's owner Aaron Menefee is an honest man who impresses the reverend so much that he agrees to cure his ulcer. Aaron becomes attracted to Rev. Jones's daughter Emily. He quits his job and joins the reverend's revival show. Aaron wants to marry Emily, but the reverend does not give his permission. The reverend does not believe Aaron's faith in him is strong enough for him to marry his daughter. Later the revival returns to Aaron's town. Aaron discovers that the town doctor is being held by two hoodlums, one of whom is injured. Aaron believes that this is a test of faith. He calls for Reverend Jones to cure the injured man. The hoodlums warn that Jones will be killed if his faith healing does not work. The end result in never shown, but Aaron wins either way. Either the faith healing works and Aaron's faith is demonstrated, or the faith healing fails and Jones is killed. In either case, it seems that Aaron will be free to marry Emily.
24718"The Woman Who Wanted to Live"Alan Crosland, Jr.Bryce WaltonLola Albright as Lisa, Charles Bronson as Ray BardonFebruary 6, 1962 (1962-02-06)
After killing a gas station attendant in a robbery attempt, a wounded Ray Bardon stops a girl named Lisa and demands to be driven to safety. Lisa realizing that her life is in danger agrees. As she drives, Ray falls asleep. Suddenly the car gets a flat tire. Instead of making an escape, Lisa changes the tire. Later the two stop at a hotel. Ray wonders about the girl's loyalty and asks why she didn't run and go to the police. As he talks, Lisa manages to get his gun. She reveals that the gas station attendant was her fiancee and that she didn't leave because she was waiting for an opportunity to kill Ray.
24819"Strange Miracle"Norman LloydStory by : George Langelaan
Teleplay by : Halsted Welles
David Opatoshu as Pedro Sicueros, Míriam Colón as MariaFebruary 13, 1962 (1962-02-13)
Pedro Sicueros fakes paralysis after a train wreck in order to collect a huge insurance settlement. After collecting the money he doesn't want to stay in the wheelchair. He meets a young girl named Maria who is really paralyzed. He discovers that she has been going to a nearby holy shrine for years hoping for a cure. Pedro gets an idea. He visits the shrine and begins to pray. On the fifth day of his prayer he stands and pretends to be healed. After he stands, his legs collapse. He discovers that he is now paralyzed for real. At the same time, some distance away, Maria is cured.
24920"The Test"Boris SagalHenry SlesarBrian Keith as Vernon Wedge, Eduardo Ciannelli as Mr. MarinoFebruary 20, 1962 (1962-02-20)
Vernon Wedge is an attorney who is approached by the father of Benjy Marino. Benjy is accused of stabbing another boy with a knife. Vernon decides to take the case, but his case for the defense seems hopeless until he discovers a special test that can determine if a knife blade ever had blood on it. He tries to conduct the test in court, but the prosecution resists. Even without the test, however, Vernon manages to get Benjy off. Later, Vernon decides to conduct the test in order to determine whether Benjy was really innocent. Before he can conduct the test Benjy's father arrives and cuts himself with the murder weapon. By doing so, he prevents Vernon from ever knowing the truth about the case.
25021"Burglar Proof"John NewlandHenry SlesarRobert Webber as Harrison Fell, Paul Hartman as Sammy MorriseyFebruary 27, 1962 (1962-02-27)
Harrison Fell is an ad executive that needs to come up with an ad campaign to sell the 801 Burglar-Proof safe. Harrison invites the press and a notorious safe-cracker Sammy Morrisey to a gala ball. He challenges Sammy to open the safe in less than three hours. If Sammy can do it, he can keep an envelope containing $50,000 dollars that is being kept within the safe. If he can't, then he gets some consolation prize. Initially Sammy is reluctant. He has given up on safe-cracking and is trying out a new profession. Eventually, he agrees. At the party, Harrison puts the envelope in the safe and locks it. Sammy is given three hours, but he fails to open the safe. He is given the consolation prize. Harrison is pleased since his advertising plan is a success. Later, however, he opens the safe and discovers that the envelope contains worthless paper and no money. Sammy pulled a switch. His new profession is as a pick-pocket.
25122"The Big Score"Boris SagalStory by : Sam Merwin, Jr.
Teleplay by : Bryce Walton
Evans Evans as Dora, Phillip Reed as Mr.Fellowes, Joseph Trapaso as MurphyMarch 6, 1962 (1962-03-06)
Dora baby-sits for a wealthy F. Hubert Fellowes. She plans to rob him with her boyfriend Mike and his buddy Gino. The three carry out the robbery, but as they are about to leave Fellowes returns and tries to stop them. He is shot and killed. The three make off with $32,000. A hitman named Murphy tracks them down and kills them. Fellowes was a big-time gangster and the mob sent out a hitman for revenge.
25223"Profit-Sharing Plan"Bernard GirardRichard Levinson & William LinkHenry Jones as Miles CheeverMarch 13, 1962 (1962-03-13)
On Miles Cheever's last day of work, he is given a retirement party. When he comes home, his wife tells him that he deserved more for fifteen years. Miles agrees and that night goes to office and robs the safe. Intending to leave his wife, he heads to the airport where he is met by his girlfriend. A stewardess, however, tells Miles to put his suitcase in a rear storage compartment. Though the suitcase contains the money from the office, Miles reluctantly agrees. Later as he waits on the plane, he learns that a bomb threat has been called in. Since the police are searching the bags, he worries that he will be caught. What he doesn't realize is that his wife called in the bomb threat. She knew he was having an affair and called the threat in so he'd get caught.
25324"Apex"Alan Crosland, Jr.Story by : James Workman
Teleplay by : John T. Kelley
Patricia Breslin as Margo, Mark Miller as Claude, Vivienne Segal as ClaraMarch 20, 1962 (1962-03-20)
Claude is cheating on his wife Clara with Clara's best friend Margo. Since Clara has been having problems with Claude, Clara asks Margo for advice. She wonders whether she should have made Claude the president of the company she owns. Margo tells Claude that his wife is going to divorce him. Since he will be left broke after a divorce, Margo suggests that Claude kill his wife. Claude tries to, but has second thoughts. Later he tells Margo that he will hire someone to do it. Margo decides to kill Clara herself. She offers Clara poisoned laced tea. Clara drinks it and dies. A man named Weeks arrives and Margo pretends to be Clara in an effort to get rid of him. The man says he is here to collect an envelope with two thousand dollars in it. She gets the envelope and he then kills Margo thinking she was Clara. Weeks was the hitman hired by Claude to kill his wife. The two thousand dollars was his payment.
25425"The Last Remains"Leonard HornHenry SlesarEd Gardner as Marvin Foley, John Fiedler as AmosMarch 27, 1962 (1962-03-27)
Marvin Foley is trying to arrange a burial for his late partner. He approaches a mortician, Amos Duff, and asks for advice. Since Amos's business is in need of money, he recommends the costly Class A service. Marvin, however, rejects the idea preferring a cremation without the Class A treatment. Later Amos discovers signs of foul play in the death of Marvin's partner. He approaches Marvin who agrees to buy a Class A funeral if Amos keeps his mouth shut. After the cremation, Marvin refuses to pay and tells Amos that nothing can be done since all the evidence was just destroyed. Amos, however, has kept one crucial piece of evidence: the fire-proof hunting bullet Marvin used to commit murder.
25526"Ten O'Clock Tiger"Bernard GirardWilliam FayFrankie Darro as Boots, Robert Keith as Arthur DuffyApril 3, 1962 (1962-04-03)
Boxing manager Arthur Duffy is offered a powerful drug by a shady character named Boots Murphy. Boots tells him it is a drug used on race horses to turn losers into winners. Arthur decides to use the drug on one of his washed up fighters named Soldier Fresno. After Soldier is injected with the drug, he starts to win. Arthur and Boots begin to rake in the money. Soon Soldier gets a bout with the champion. Before the fight, however, Boots tells Arthur that he only has two more doses of the drug. Determined to win the fight, Arthur injects Soldier with both doses. Unfortunately the overdose causes Soldier to believe that he is already in the ring. He springs up and starts fighting. He beats Arthur to death.
25627"Act of Faith"Bernard GirardStory by : Eric Ambler
Teleplay by : Nicholas Monsarrat
George Grizzard as Alan Chatterton, Dennis King as Mr. TempleApril 10, 1962 (1962-04-10)
Alan Chatterton, an unsuccessful writer, sends successful author Ralston Temple a letter along with three sample chapters from his novel in progress. Alice, Temple's secretary, convinces her boss that the chapters are good and that he should meet the writer and perhaps give him money to finish his book. Temple agrees to meet Chatterton, but finds him an obnoxious boor. Nevertheless he gives him a six month loan. Six months later, Temple continues to fund Chatterton even though the book is not completed. Chatterton shows up again and asks for a thousand dollars so he can get married. Temple gives into the request, but later finds Chatterton partying in an expensive restaurant. Temple confronts Chatterton and rips up their contract. He then goes on vacation. Later, Alice tells Temple that Chatterton has finished his book. It is a best-seller and is going to be made into a movie. Temple shows up at a store where Chatterton is autographing his book. To Temple's surprise, Chatterton gives him an autographed copy of his book plus all the money he owed him with interest.
25728"The Kerry Blue"Paul HenreidHenry SlesarCarmen Mathews as Thelma Malley, Gene Evans as Ned MalleyApril 17, 1962 (1962-04-17)
Ned Malley loves Annie his old dog, a Kerry Blue. Ned's wife Thelma grows jealous. Though she likes the dog, she thinks her husband's love for it is unhealthy. One day, Annie dies. Ned accuses his wife of murder. He slips an overdose of sleeping pills into her hot chocolate. As she slips into unconsciousness, Ned hears familiar barking. He goes to investigate, but trips and fatally injures himself. A neighbor calls the police who come and revive Thelma. As her dead husband is being taken away she wonders whether she should have bought him a new Kerry Blue.
25829"The Matched Pearl"Bernard GirardHenry SlesarJohn Ireland as Captain McCabe, Ernest Truex as WilkensApril 24, 1962 (1962-04-24)
A jeweler sells a $5000 black pearl left with him by Captain McCabe. He then cheats McCabe out of some of the money owed to him. Hubert Wilkens, the pearl's buyer, asks the jeweler for a second matched pearl. The jeweler returns to McCabe. McCabe can provide one, but since he has been cheated he demands more money. Figuring that he can charge Wilkens a much larger amount, the jeweler agrees. Unfortunately the jeweler discovers that he has been conned. McCabe and Wilkens were working together. The jeweler bought the same pearl twice.
25930"What Frightened You, Fred?"Paul HenreidStory by : Jack Ritchie
Teleplay by : Joel Murcott
Edward Asner as Warden Bragan, R.G. Armstrong as Fred RiordanMay 1, 1962 (1962-05-01)
Fred Riordan is a recent parolee who vandalizes the window of a bar and gets himself thrown back into prison. The prison warden, who is also running for governor, and the prison doctor believe Fred is simply afraid to cope with the outside world. They question Fred to find out why. Fred tells them that upon his release from prison he went to his old neighborhood but found little or no welcome. He neglects to mention that a mobster named Tony Wando has hired him to kill a former partner of his, a man now behind prison walls (Wando has damning evidence of Fred's guilt in an old unsolved murder.) Warden Bragan feels sorry for Fred and promises to make him a personal trustee. This is ideal for Fred, since it is Warden Bragan himself who is the target of Wando's outrage.
26031"Most Likely to Succeed"Richard WhorfHenry SlesarJoanna Moore as Louise Towers, Jack Carter as Stanley Towers, Howard Morris as Dave SumnerMay 8, 1962 (1962-05-08)
In college, Dave Sumner was voted most likely to succeed. Nowadays, however, he has had a run of bad luck. He takes a job from Stanley Towers, a shady businessman. Stanley's business is being investigated by the government. At a meeting with the IRS, however, Stanley is shocked to discover that Dave is really an undercover Treasury Department agent. He only pretended to be down on his luck so he could get the goods on Stanley's shady business dealings.
26132"Victim Four"Paul HenreidTalmage PowellPeggy Ann Garner as Madeline Drake, John Lupton as Ralph MorrowMay 15, 1962 (1962-05-15)
While on their honeymoon, Joe and Madeline Drake get into an accident that leaves him with a bad leg and her with painful headaches. Later, Joe discovers that Madeline's old boyfriend Ralph Morrow sent her an expensive wedding present. When Ralph shows up at their house, Joe become paranoid. He is worried that Ralph is responsible for a number of butcher knife murders that have been occurring in their neighborhood. Joe goes to search for his wife, as does Ralph. Meanwhile, Madeline is walking home. She hears someone behind her. She ducks into an alley, but is followed. Joe arrives on the scene only to discover Madeline standing over Ralph's bloody corpse. She confesses to her husband that she thought someone was following her and killed to protect herself. She then admits that it has happened three times before when her headaches struck.
26233"The Opportunity"Robert FloreyStory by : J.W. Aaron
Teleplay by : Bryce Walton & Henry Slesar
Richard Long as Paul Devore, Coleen Gray as Lois CallenMay 22, 1962 (1962-05-22)
Paul Devore is an unhappily married department store manager. When he catches Lois Callen shoplifting he hatches an idea. He tells Lois that he will not turn her in, if she agrees to be part of a plan of his. Paul wants a divorce, but his wife refuses to give him one because she doesn't want him to take half of everything they own. When his wife is out of the house, he invites Lois over. Lois arrives and discovers the house burglarized. The burglary, however, is really Paul's doing. He hopes that his wife Kate will divorce him now that her treasured possessions are all gone. Paul asks Lois to tie him up. She does so and leaves. Later Kate arrives and tells Paul how lucky he is that the burglars didn't kill him. Instead of freeing her husband, however, she takes this opportunity to kill him.
26334"The Twelve Hour Caper"John NewlandStory by : Mike Marmer
Teleplay by : Harold Swanton
Dick York as Herbert WiggamMay 29, 1962 (1962-05-29)
Herbert J. Wiggam works at an investment firm for Sylvester Tupper. Tupper treats him employees like slaves. Knowing that a $565,000 bond is about to arrive Herbert and two other disgruntled employees decide to steal it. The plan to hide the bonds in the garbage can until the police leave. The plan goes awry, however, when one of the policemen knocks over the garbage can. The plot is not foiled, however. An old cleaning lady arrives just in time to scoop up the papers and takes them out with the trash. Later, Herbert arrives at the airport. He is headed for South America. He arrives with the cleaning lady who is, in fact, his mother.
26435"The Children of Alda Nuova"Robert FloreyRobert WallstenJack Carson as Frankie Fane, Christopher Dark as Ainsley CrowderJune 5, 1962 (1962-06-05)
Frankie Fane is an American gangster hiding from United States law enforcement in Italy. He is wanted by U.S. officials because he use to sell drugs to schoolchildren. At the suggestion of an American tourist named Ainsley Crowder, Frankie visits some tourist sites outside Rome, including an old Etruscan town named Alda Antica. While on a tour, the children of the village outside Alda Antica rob him. They then toss him into a deep pit to slowly die. The Department of Justice have tracked Fane to Rome, and requests that Italian police locate the fugitive. An Italian investigator enlists Crowder's help and they manage to trace Frankie to the village. When they discover that he has vanished, they decide to give up the search, thinking that justice has not been served.
26536"First Class Honeymoon"Don WeisHenry SlesarRobert Webber as Edward Gibson, Jeremy Slate as Carl SeabrookJune 12, 1962 (1962-06-12)
Edward Gibson, a recent divorcee, must make alimony payments of $2000 every month. One day, an art gallery owner arrives at his house to present him with a portrait of his ex-wife that she had previously commissioned for $2500. Edward throws him out without paying him, but keeps the painting. Later, Carl Seabrook arrives and tells Edward that he will marry his ex-wife whom he has been romancing if Edward gives him $10,000. If Gloria is married, Edward will not have to pay alimony. Edward accepts the offer and pays Carl $5000 upfront. Later that day, Edward heads over to his ex-wife's house. He wants to give her her painting as a wedding gift. At his ex-wife's apartment building, he learns that she died of a heart attack earlier that morning, and that Carl was with her at the time. It was only after Gibson's ex-wife died that Carl approached him with his offer. Cheated out of $5000, Edward angrily calls Carl only to be told that he has left town going on a first class honeymoon with his own stunning new wife.
26637"The Big Kick"Alan Crosland, Jr.Robert BlochAnne Helm as Judy, Wayne Rogers as KennethJune 19, 1962 (1962-06-19)
Mitch and Judy are out-of-work beatniks in need of money. At a party held by one of Mitch's friends Bruce, Judy meets an older man named Kenneth. Kenneth is not a beatnik, but he likes to attend their parties. He asks Judy on a date. Mitch encourages Judy to date Kenneth because he seems to have money. Kenneth gives Judy a diamond bracelet which Mitch takes and tries to sell to a jeweler. The jeweler has Mitch arrested. It seems that the bracelet Kenneth gave to Judy was in fact stolen. With Mitch in prison, Kenneth, who is actually a beatnik-hater, stabs Judy to death in her apartment.
26738"Where Beauty Lies"Robert FloreyStory by : Henry Farrell
Teleplay by : James P. Cavanagh
Cloris Leachman as Caroline Hardy, George Nader as Collin HardyJune 26, 1962 (1962-06-26)
Caroline Hardy keeps house for her famous brother, the actor Collin Hardy. Disappointed in her own life, she seeks escape by increasing her involvement in her brother's career. When Caroline learns through subterfuge that Collin's girlfriend will be joining him in their acting troupe's out-of-town rehearsals, Caroline hatches a plot in a jealous rage. The result of that rage is an explosion of house painting fluids that renders Collin blind. Caroline tries to act the part of the comforter, also encouraging her brother not to dwell on the supposed loss of his good looks.
26839"The Sorcerer's Apprentice"Joseph LejtesRobert BlochBrandon De Wilde as Hugo, Diana Dors as IreneUnaired in network run
Hugo is a mentally challenged boy without a home. He is taken in by a kind carnival magician Sadini. Sadini's deceitful wife, Irene, performs in her husband's act as the woman whose body is, supposedly, sawed in half. Irene manipulates Hugo into killing her husband. She says she wants to start a new act with Hugo and convinces him that he can perform the sawing the woman in half trick because the magic is in the wand. Hugo kills Sadini for her, but then she backs out on her promise. Hugo knocks out Irene in a struggle. He then decides to attempt the trick and ends up actually sawing Irene in half.
Due to its gruesome nature, this episode was not aired on the show's initial NBC run. It later aired in syndication.

Season 8 (1962–63)

Beginning with this season, the program was expanded to an hour and re-titled The Alfred Hitchcock Hour.

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2691"A Piece of the Action"Bernard GirardAlfred HayesGig Young, Robert Redford, Martha Hyer, Gene EvansSeptember 20, 1962 (1962-09-20)
A gambler ends up putting his life at stake when he wins $30,000 from an ex-hood.
2702"Don't Look Behind You"John BrahmBarre LyndonVera Miles, Jeffrey Hunter, Dick SargentSeptember 27, 1962 (1962-09-27)
An undergraduate medical student at a college campus thinks that she will be the victim of a ritualistic murder.
2713"Night of the Owl"Alan Crosland, Jr.Andrew GarveBrian Keith, Patricia BreslinOctober 4, 1962 (1962-10-04)
A man blackmails a couple with the intention of telling their adopted daughter about her biological parents.
2724"I Saw the Whole Thing"Alfred HitchcockHenry Cecil (story)
Henry Slesar (teleplay)
John Forsythe, Evans EvansOctober 11, 1962 (1962-10-11)
A mystery novelist is accused of going through a stop sign, then hitting a young motorcyclist.
2735"Captive Audience"Alf KjellinJohn Bingham (novel)
Richard Levinson, William Link (teleplay)
James Mason, Angie DickinsonOctober 18, 1962 (1962-10-18)
A publisher suspects the latest book of a renowned mystery author to be all too real.
2746"Final Vow"Norman LloydHenry SlesarCarol Lynley, Clu Gulager, R.G. ArmstrongOctober 25, 1962 (1962-10-25)
An apprentice nun tracks down the robber who stole a priceless figurine that she was entrusted to bring to her convent.
2757"Annabel"Paul HenreidRobert Bloch (teleplay)
Patricia Highsmith (novel)
Dean Stockwell, Susan OliverNovember 1, 1962 (1962-11-01)
A chemist lusts for a married woman.
2768"House Guest"Alan Crosland, Jr.Andrew GarveMacdonald Carey, Robert SterlingNovember 8, 1962 (1962-11-08)
A man gets more than he bargained for when he offers a younger man a fresh start.
2779"The Black Curtain"Sydney PollackCornell Woolrich (novel)Richard Basehart, Lola AlbrightNovember 15, 1962 (1962-11-15)
A former amnesiac discovers that he is an accused killer and that he is being pursued by both the police and a hit man.
27810"Day of Reckoning"Jerry HopperRichard Levinson, William LinkBarry Sullivan, Claude AkinsNovember 22, 1962 (1962-11-22)
A gentleman is unable to convince anyone that he murdered his cheating wife.
27911"Ride the Nightmare"Bernard GirardRichard Matheson (novel)Hugh O'Brian, Gena RowlandsNovember 29, 1962 (1962-11-29)
An old man gets a younger man involved in blackmail, kidnapping and murder.
28012"Hangover"Bernard GirardCharles Runyon (short story)Tony Randall, Jayne MansfieldDecember 6, 1962 (1962-12-06)
A man wakes up with a hangover and realizes that his wife is missing, while another woman is in his room.
28113"Bonfire"Joseph PevneyWilliam D. Gordon, Alfred HayesPeter Falk, Dina MerrillDecember 13, 1962 (1962-12-13)
A preacher is willing to commit murder in order to get a woman's manor for his church.
28214"The Tender Poisoner"Leonard J. HornLukas Heller (teleplay)
John Bingham (novel)
Dan Dailey, Jan Sterling, Howard DuffDecember 20, 1962 (1962-12-20)
Two business executives compete for the affections of a beautiful woman.
28315"The Thirty-First of February"Alf KjellinJulian Symons (novel)
Richard Matheson (teleplay)
David Wayne, William Conrad, Bob Crane, Elizabeth AllenJanuary 4, 1963 (1963-01-04)
A widower is driven insane by a series of events following his wife's passing.
28416"What Really Happened"Jack SmightMarie Belloc Lowndes(novel)
Henry Slesar (teleplay)
Anne Francis, Ruth RomanJanuary 11, 1963 (1963-01-11)
A housekeeper murders her boss, but his wife is charged with the crime.
28517"Forecast: Low Clouds and Coastal Fog"Charles F. HaasLee ErwinInger Stevens, Dan O'HerlihyJanuary 18, 1963 (1963-01-18)
A woman faces the consequences for refusing to help a gentleman and his beaten girlfriend.
28618"A Tangled Web"Alf KjellinNicholas Blake (novel)
James Bridges (teleplay)
Robert Redford, Zohra Lampert, Barry MorseJanuary 25, 1963 (1963-01-25)
A married man with a life of crime stands trial for murder.
28719"To Catch a Butterfly"David Lowell RichRichard FielderBradford Dillman, Ed AsnerFebruary 2, 1963 (1963-02-02)
A couple believe that a boy in their neighborhood intends to kill them.
28820"The Paragon"Jack SmightAlfred Hayes (teleplay)
Rebecca West (story)
Gary Merrill, Joan FontaineFebruary 9, 1963 (1963-02-09)
A man comes up with the solution to dealing with his cold-hearted wife.
28921"I'll Be Judge—I'll Be Jury"James SheldonElizabeth Hely (novel)
Lukas Heller (teleplay)
Peter Graves, Rodolfo Hoyos, Jr., Albert SalmiFebruary 15, 1963 (1963-02-15)
A honeymoon in Mexico ends with the wife being murdered and the husband tracking down the killer.
29022"Diagnosis: Danger"Sydney PollackRoland KibbeeMichael ParksMarch 1, 1963 (1963-03-01)
While Health Department officials try to contain an anthrax outbreak, police try to identify the man who died from the disease.
29123"The Lonely Hours"Jack SmightCelia Fremlin (novel)
William D. Morgan (story)
Nancy Kelly, Gena RowlandsMarch 8, 1963 (1963-03-08)
A mother of three whose husband is out of town grows concerned when a boarder gets attached to her infant son.
29224"The Star Juror"Herschel DaughertyJames BridgesDean Jagger, Betty FieldMarch 15, 1963 (1963-03-15)
A killer serves jury duty for the trial of a man who has been accused of his crime.
29325"The Long Silence"Robert DouglasCharles Beaumont, William D. Gordon (teleplay)
Hilda Lawrence (story "Composition for Four Hands")
Michael Rennie, Phyllis ThaxterMarch 22, 1963 (1963-03-22)
A woman becomes paralyzed in reaction to the news that her eldest son apparently killed himself.
29426"An Out for Oscar"Bernard GirardHenry Kane (novel)
David Goodis (teleplay)
Henry Silva, Linda Christian, Larry StorchApril 5, 1963 (1963-04-05)
A bank teller plans the perfect crime in order to do away with his cheating wife and her lover.
29527"Death and the Joyful Woman"John BrahmEllis Peters (novel)
James Bridges (teleplay)
Gilbert Roland, Laraine Day, Don GallowayApril 12, 1963 (1963-04-12)
A man loses his life upon winning a gamble with his disinherited child.
29628"Last Seen Wearing Blue Jeans"Alan Crosland, Jr.Amber Dean (novel)
Lou Rambeau (teleplay)
Michael Wilding, Anna Lee, Randy BooneApril 19, 1963 (1963-04-19)
A juvenile schoolgirl witnesses a murder and becomes the killers' next target.
29729"The Dark Pool"Jack SmightAlec Coppel (story)
William D. Gordon (teleplay)
Lois Nettleton, Anthony GeorgeMay 3, 1963 (1963-05-03)
A woman is blackmailed after her child drowns.
29830"Dear Uncle George"Joseph M. NewmanJames Bridges (teleplay)
Richard Levinson, William Link (story and teleplay)
Gene Barry, John Larkin, Dabney Coleman, Patricia DonahueMay 10, 1963 (1963-05-10)
An advice journalist tries to advise himself on how to deal with his cheating wife.
29931"Run for Doom"Bernard GirardJames Bridges (teleplay)
Henry Kane (novel)
John Gavin, Diana Dors, Scott BradyMay 17, 1963 (1963-05-17)
A doctor plans to marry a soloist, despite the fact that her three previous husbands all met gruesome deaths.
30032"Death of a Cop"Joseph M. NewmanLeigh Brackett (teleplay)
Douglas Warner (novel)
Victor Jory, Peter Brown, Richard JaeckelMay 24, 1963 (1963-05-24)
A police officer plots the punishment of his son's killer.

Season 9 (1963–64)

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3011"A Home Away from Home"Herschel DaughertyRobert BlochRay MillandSeptember 27, 1963 (1963-09-27)
A patient at a mental institution does a role reversal by imprisoning the doctors.
3022"A Nice Touch"Joseph PevneyMann RubinAnne Baxter, George SegalOctober 4, 1963 (1963-10-04)
A woman is caught between her drunken husband and her determined lover.
3033"Terror at Northfield"Harvey HartLeigh Brackett (teleplay)
Ellery Queen (story)
Dick York, Jacqueline Scott, R. G. ArmstrongOctober 11, 1963 (1963-10-11)
The residents of a small town demand the investigation of a boy's death.
3044"You'll Be the Death of Me"Robert DouglasWilliam D. Gordon (teleplay)
Anthony Gilbert (story)
Robert LoggiaOctober 18, 1963 (1963-10-18)
A newlywed bride becomes suspicious of her husband when she finds a button belonging to a young woman who died not far from their mountain cabin.
3055"Blood Bargain"Bernard GirardHenry SlesarRichard Kiley, Richard Long, Anne FrancisOctober 25, 1963 (1963-10-25)
A contract assassin meets his target's handicapped wife.
3066"Nothing Ever Happens in Linvale"Herschel DaughertyRichard Levinson, William LinkGary Merrill, Phyllis Thaxter, Fess ParkerNovember 8, 1963 (1963-11-08)
A widow tries to convince a police officer that her neighbor has murdered his wife.
3077"Starring the Defense"Joseph PevneyHenry SlesarRichard BasehartNovember 15, 1963 (1963-11-15)
A former actor defends his son on murder charges.
3088"The Cadaver"Alf KjellinJames BridgesMichael Parks, Joby BakerNovember 29, 1963 (1963-11-29)
A medical undergraduate tries to get his roommate to stop drinking by convincing him that he killed a girl.
3099"The Dividing Wall"Bernard GirardJoel Murcott (teleplay)James Gregory, Katharine RossDecember 6, 1963 (1963-12-06)
A break-in gang gets exposed to a radioactive capsule.
31010"Goodbye, George"Robert StevensWilliam FayRobert Culp, Stubby KayeDecember 13, 1963 (1963-12-13)
A movie actress is visited by her ex-convict husband, who she had assumed was dead.
31111"How to Get Rid of Your Wife"Alf KjellinRobert GouldBob Newhart, Jane WithersDecember 20, 1963 (1963-12-20)
A gentleman and his wife each plot the other's murder.
31212"Three Wives Too Many"Joseph M. NewmanKenneth Fearing (short story)
Arthur A. Ross (teleplay)
Teresa Wright, Dan DuryeaJanuary 3, 1964 (1964-01-03)
A woman learns that her husband has three other wives.
31313"The Magic Shop"Robert StevensH. G. Wells (story)
John Collier (teleplay)
Leslie Nielsen, Peggy McCayJanuary 10, 1964 (1964-01-10)
A boy gains the power of mind over matter.
31414"Beyond the Sea of Death"Alf KjellinMiriam Allen DeFord (short story)
William D. Gordon and Alfred Hayes (teleplay)
Mildred Dunnock, Diana HylandJanuary 24, 1964 (1964-01-24)
An heiress ends her marriage to a fortune hunter.
31515"Night Caller"Alf KjellinRobert Westerby (teleplay)Bruce Dern, Felicia FarrJanuary 31, 1964 (1964-01-31)
A woman is driven to madness by a young man and a series of intimidating phone calls.
31616"The Evil of Adelaide Winters"Laslo BenedekArthur A. RossKim Hunter, John LarkinFebruary 7, 1964 (1964-02-07)
A convicted artist claims that she can make contact with the dead.
31717"The Jar"Norman LloydRay Bradbury (short story)
James Bridges (teleplay)
Collin Wilcox, Pat Buttram, George Lindsey, Slim PickensFebruary 14, 1964 (1964-02-14)
A gentleman buys a jar with something strange inside it.
31818"Final Escape"William WitneyThomas H. Cannan, Jr., Randall Hood (story)
John Resko (teleplay)
Stephen McNally, Robert Keith, Edd ByrnesFebruary 21, 1964 (1964-02-21)
A prisoner matches wits with his custodian in his efforts to escape from a maximum-security prison.
31919"Murder Case"John BrahmJames BridgesJohn Cassavetes, Gena RowlandsMarch 6, 1964 (1964-03-06)
An American actress and her former lover plan the murder of her wealthy British husband.
32020"Anyone for Murder?"Leo PennJack Ritchie (short story)Barry Nelson, Patricia Breslin, Richard DawsonMarch 13, 1964 (1964-03-13)
A psychologist plans an assassination in order to get out of his miserable marriage.
32121"Beast in View"Joseph M. NewmanMargaret Millar (novel)
James Bridges (teleplay)
Joan Hackett, Kevin McCarthyMarch 20, 1964 (1964-03-20)
A woman thinks that her brother's ex-fiancëe is trying to kill her.
32222"Behind the Locked Door"Robert DouglasJoel Murcott (teleplay)Gloria Swanson, James MacArthurMarch 27, 1964 (1964-03-27)
A woman is told by her mother that she will be cut off from her inheritance if she does not divorce her husband, whom the mother claims is a gold digger.
32323"A Matter of Murder"David Lowell RichBoris SobelmanDarren McGavin, Patricia Crowley, Telly SavalasApril 3, 1964 (1964-04-03)
A carjacker steals a Rolls-Royce with a dead body inside it.
32424"The Gentleman Caller"Joseph M. NewmanJames BridgesRoddy McDowall, Ruth McDevittApril 10, 1964 (1964-04-10)
A couple hide their stolen money in an old woman's high-rise apartment and their plan to have her committed backfires when the police are called.
32525"The Ordeal of Mrs. Snow"Robert StevensAlvin SargentPatricia Collinge, Jessica WalterApril 17, 1964 (1964-04-17)
A man hatches a plot to keep his wife's rich aunt from exposing him.
32626"Ten Minutes from Now"Alf KjellinArthur A. Ross (teleplay)
Jack Ritchie (short story)
Donnelly Rhodes, Lou JacobiMay 1, 1964 (1964-05-01)
A performer is suspected of making bomb threats against an official.
32727"The Sign of Satan"Robert DouglasBarre Lyndon (teleplay)
Robert Bloch (Return to the Sabbath short story)
Christopher Lee, Gia ScalaMay 8, 1964 (1964-05-08)
The lead actor in a horror movie thinks that a cult of devil worshipers are out to kill him.
32828"Who Needs an Enemy?"Harry MorganArthur A. RossRichard Anderson, Steven Hill, Joanna MooreMay 15, 1964 (1964-05-15)
A dishonest man finds a way to avoid prosecution.
32929"Bed of Roses"Philip LeacockJames BridgesPatrick O'Neal, Kathie BrowneMay 22, 1964 (1964-05-22)
A newlywed man has a date with his girlfriend that turns nightmarish.
33030"The Second Verdict"Lewis TeagueAlfred Hayes (teleplay)
Henry Slesar (story)
Martin Landau, Frank Gorshin, Nancy KovackMay 29, 1964 (1964-05-29)
A lawyer discovers that his acquitted client was really guilty of murder and may try to kill again.
33131"Isabel"Alf KjellinWilliam Fay (teleplay)
S.B. Hough (novel)
Henry Slesar (teleplay)
Bradford Dillman, Barbara BarrieJune 5, 1964 (1964-06-05)
An ex-convict marries the woman who had him sent to jail.
33232"Body in the Barn"Joseph M. NewmanHarold SwantonLillian Gish, Maggie McNamaraJuly 3, 1964 (1964-07-03)
An old woman tracks down her husband's murderer.

Season 10 (1964–65)

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3331"The Return of Verge Likens"Arnold LavenJames Bridges (teleplay)
Davis Grubb (story)
Peter Fonda, Robert EmhardtOctober 5, 1964 (1964-10-05)
Verge Likens is a farmer whose father was killed by a crooked politician named Riley McGrath. Verge returns home to avenge his father's death. He manages to get close to Riley by getting hired as an assistant at a barbershop. After asking the barber to run an errand, Verge is alone with Riley and proceeds to lather up the murdering politician for a shave. Verge vividly describes how he is planning to cut Riley's throat. When the barber returns to the barbershop, he finds the door locked. He gets the police, who break down the door. Inside, they find Verge standing over Riley's dead body. Verge has avenged his father's death and he is not guilty of a crime. Riley died of a heart attack.
3342"Change of Address"David FriedkinAndrew Benedict (story)
Morton S. Fine, David Friedkin (teleplay)
Arthur Kennedy, Phyllis ThaxterOctober 12, 1964 (1964-10-12)
Over the protests of his wife Elsa, Keith Hollin rents a beach house. Elsa dislikes the house and is disturbed by her husband's digging of a grave-like hole in the basement. She is further disturbed when she finds out that Keith is seeing a local girl named Rachel. When Keith tells Elsa that he wants to buy the house, she decides to foil his plan by contacting the wife of the current owner to tell her to not to sell. Keith, however, grows angry and kills Elsa. He buries her body in the basement, but is surprised when the police arrive. The police carry shovels and want to dig up the basement. The police tell Keith that Elsa discovered the wife of the house's owner was missing. She tipped off the police and they began an investigation. They called the house's owner in for questioning and he confessed to murdering his wife. He told them that he buried his wife in the basement of the beach house. The police are at the beach house to dig up the basement so that they can find the body.
3353"Water's Edge"Bernard GirardRobert Bloch (short story)
Alfred Hayes (teleplay)
Ann Sothern, John CassavetesOctober 19, 1964 (1964-10-19)
Rusty Connors is a con man that has just been released from prison. He looks up the wife of his dead former cellmate, a robber and murderer, named Mike Krause. Before he was imprisoned, Krause stole a significant amount of money and killed his partner. The money and the body, however, never turned up. Connors talks to Krause's wife Helen and hopes that she knows where the money is. She, however, does not have a clue. Eventually, however, they are able to figure out that the money is stored in an abandoned boathouse that is now infested with rats. In the boathouse, they find the money and the skeleton of Krause's partner. When Connors sees the money, he is overcome with greed and tries to murder Helen. She manages to knock him out. When Connors awakens, he finds himself bound and gagged and being taunted by Helen. She gets up to leave with the money, but is tripped by Connors and is impaled on a hook. As she dies, the scent of her blood attracts the rats. Since Connors is bound; all he can do is listen with horror as the rats approach him in order to kill him by eating him alive.
3364"The Life Work of Juan Diaz"Norman LloydRay Bradbury (story)Alejandro Rey, Frank SilveraOctober 26, 1964 (1964-10-26)
Juan Diaz is dying and penniless. His last wish is that he can provide financial security for his family. About a year later, a gravedigger named Alejandro exhumes Juan's corpse to make room in the cemetery. He has it mummified and stores it in a crypt with a number of other mummies. Juan's wife, Maria, discovers Alejandro's plan and steals Juan's body. She hangs it in the house and tells tourists that it is an authentic Mexican mummy. Money from the tourists pays for food and clothing for Maria and her three children. Eventually, however, Maria is overcome by the ghoulishness of what she has done. She begs for forgiveness, but a gleam in the eye of the corpse's body reveals that Juan approves of what she has done.
3375"See the Monkey Dance"Joseph M. NewmanLewis DavidsonRoddy McDowall, Efrem Zimbalist Jr.November 9, 1964 (1964-11-09)
While George is headed to see his girlfriend, he meets a mysterious limping stranger who makes George fear for his life. George learns that the stranger is his girlfriend's jealous husband and that his girlfriend arranged this meeting between them in hopes that her husband would kill George. The stranger tells George that she has done this sort of thing before and that he tried, but failed, to kill his wife's last lover. The stranger convinces George to plot revenge and tells him to tamper with the steering of his wife's car. George does as the stranger suggests and his girlfriend dies. George discovers to his dismay, however, that the limping stranger was really his girlfriend's former lover and that he used George to get his revenge on her.
3386"Lonely Place"Harvey HartFrancis GwaltneyTeresa Wright, Pat Buttram, Bruce DernNovember 16, 1964 (1964-11-16)
Stella is married to a cowardly peach farmer named Emory and takes in a passing hobo named Jesse. She hires him to help her husband harvest the peach crop. Unfortunately, Jesse's strange behavior and fascination with a knife that he carries begins to frighten her. Emory, however, refuses to believe her. Stella tries to run away, but is caught by Jesse. He threatens to stab her, but she fights him off. She escapes in her husband's truck and heads home. There she awakens Emory and tells him about Jesse. Emory, however, confesses that he heard her screams, but was too afraid to do anything. Stella angrily stabs her husband and kills him. She then calls the police and blames the murder on the fleeing Jesse.
3397"The McGregor Affair"David FriedkinDavid FriedkinElsa Lanchester, Andrew DugganNovember 23, 1964 (1964-11-23)
Edinburgh, Scotland, 1827. John McGregor must take care of his alcoholic wife Aggie. He works for Dr. Knox and must lug large boxes of tanbark to his medical academy. When John learns that the boxes actually contain the murdered victims of two body snatchers named Burke and Hare, he decides to get rid of his wife by getting her drunk and leaving her on the body snatchers' doorstep. The plan is successful, but John is overtaken by remorse. Unfortunately, he ends up being Burke and Hare's next victim.
3408"Misadventure"Joseph M. NewmanLewis DavidsonBarry Nelson, Lola Albright, George KennedyDecember 7, 1964 (1964-12-07)
An outsider befriends a woman who is bent on murdering her husband.
3419"Triumph"Harvey HartArthur A. RossEd Begley, Jeanette NolanDecember 14, 1964 (1964-12-14)
A woman comes between a phony medical missionary and his partner.
34210"Memos from Purgatory"Joseph PevneyHarlan EllisonJames Caan, Tony Musante, Walter KoenigDecember 21, 1964 (1964-12-21)
A young author joins a gang to collect material for his latest book.
34311"Consider Her Ways"Robert StevensOscar MillardBarbara Barrie, Gladys CooperDecember 28, 1964 (1964-12-28)
A physician tries to prevent her vision of an all-female society from coming true.
34412"Crimson Witness"David FriedkinDavid FriedkinPeter Lawford, Martha Hyer, Julie LondonJanuary 4, 1965 (1965-01-04)
A playboy loses everything to his hated brother, leading to a reenactment of the story of Cain and Abel.
34513"Where the Woodbine Twineth"Alf KjellinJames BridgesMargaret LeightonJanuary 11, 1965 (1965-01-11)
A woman's niece claims to be acquainted with "minute people".
34614"Final Performance"John BrahmRobert BlochFranchot Tone, Roger Perry, Sharon FarrellJanuary 18, 1965 (1965-01-18)
A former vaudevillian's fiancee plans to get away from him.
34715"Thanatos Palace Hotel"Laslo BenedekArthur A. RossAngie Dickinson, Steven HillFebruary 1, 1965 (1965-02-01)
A suicidal man checks into a hotel that caters to people just like him.
34816"One of the Family"Joseph PevneyOscar MillardJeremy Slate, Lilia SkalaFebruary 8, 1965 (1965-02-08)
A family discovers that the nurse that they hired to care for their baby is a wanted child killer.
34917"An Unlocked Window"Joseph M. NewmanJames BridgesDana Wynter, T. C. Jones, Louise Latham, John KerrFebruary 15, 1965 (1965-02-15)
Two nurses care for a patient in a town where previous nurses have been killed.
35018"The Trap"John BrahmLee KalcheimAnne Francis, Robert StraussFebruary 22, 1965 (1965-02-22)
A woman plots to murder her husband and marry one of his employees.
35119"Wally the Beard"James H. BrownArthur A. RossLarry Blyden, Kathie BrowneMarch 1, 1965 (1965-03-01)
A man gets more than he bargained for when he acquires a wig and beard.
35220"Death Scene"Harvey HartJames BridgesVera Miles, John Carradine, James FarentinoMarch 8, 1965 (1965-03-08)
A mechanic aspiring to be an actor writes a screenplay for the daughter of a has-been director. Filmed at former estate of Marion Davies, which was also used as filming location for The Godfather (film series) (1972), and The Bodyguard (1992).
35321"The Photographer and the Undertaker"Alex MarchJames Holding (story)
Alfred Hayes teleplay
Jack Cassidy, Harry TownesMarch 15, 1965 (1965-03-15)
A photographer and an undertaker are assassins who have each been assigned to kill the other.
35422"Thou Still Unravished Bride"David FriedkinAvram Davidson (story)
Morton S. Fine, David Friedkin
Ron Randell, David Carradine, Sally KellermanMarch 22, 1965 (1965-03-22)
A police officer suspects that his missing fiancee has been killed.
35523"Completely Foolproof"Alf KjellinAnthony TerpiloffJ. D. Cannon, Patricia BarryMarch 29, 1965 (1965-03-29)
A woman plots to murder her rich, cheating husband.
35624"Power of Attorney"Harvey HartJames Bridges (teleplay)Richard Johnson, Geraldine FitzgeraldApril 5, 1965 (1965-04-05)
A con man swindles wealthy women.
35725"The World's Oldest Motive"Harry MorganLewis DavidsonHenry Jones, Linda Lawson, Robert Loggia, Kathleen FreemanApril 12, 1965 (1965-04-12)
A married man gets the chance to marry his girlfriend when an outsider offers to kill his wife.
35826"The Monkey's Paw—A Retelling"Robert StevensMorton S. Fine, David Friedkin, Anthony Terpiloff (teleplay)
W. W. Jacobs (story)
Leif Erickson, Jane Wyatt, Lee MajorsApril 19, 1965 (1965-04-19)
A man acquires a monkey's paw that grants three wishes - with deadly consequences.
35927"The Second Wife"Joseph M. NewmanRobert Bloch (teleplay)
Richard Deming (story)
June Lockhart, John AndersonApril 26, 1965 (1965-04-26)
A newlywed woman thinks that her husband killed his previous wife.
36028"Night Fever"Herbert ColemanGilbert Ralston (teleplay)
Clark Howard (short story)
Colleen DewhurstMay 3, 1965 (1965-05-03)
An injured criminal uses a nurse's compassion to escape from the hospital.
36129"Off Season"William FriedkinRobert Bloch (teleplay)
Edward D. Hoch (short story)
John Gavin, Richard JaeckelMay 10, 1965 (1965-05-10)
A trigger-happy cop gets fired from the police department and gets a job in the office of a small town sheriff.

See also


  1. ^ The Complete Directory to Prime Time Network and Cable TV Shows 1946-Present. Ballantine Books. 2003. p. 1413. ISBN 0-345-45542-8.
  2. ^ "TV Guide's Top 100 Episodes". Rev/Views. Retrieved July 4, 2016.
  3. ^ "8 reasons why 'Alfred Hitchcock Presents' might be the greatest TV show ever".
  4. ^ "Special Collector's Issue: 100 Greatest Episodes of All Time". TV Guide (June 28-July 4). 1997.
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