List of Alfred Hitchcock Presents episodes

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The following is a list of episodes from the television show Alfred Hitchcock Presents (the original 1955–62 series, the hour-long 1962-65 series, and the 1985–89 revival).

Original series (1955–1962)[edit]

Season 1 (1955–56)[edit]

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Title Directed by Written by Stars Original air date
1 1 "Revenge" Alfred Hitchcock Francis Cockrell (teleplay),
Samuel Blas (story)
Ralph Meeker, Vera Miles October 2, 1955 (1955-10-02)

While Carl (Meeker) is at work, his wife Elsa (Miles) is apparently attacked and left traumatized. Later, driving in town, Elsa points out a man as her attacker, so an enraged Carl kills him. But moments later, Elsa, still mentally disturbed, identifies another man as her attacker.

Supporting cast: Frances Bavier, Ray Montgomery, John Gallaudet, Ray Teal, Norman Willis, John Day, Lillian O'Malley, Herbert Lytton
2 2 "Premonition" Robert Stevens Harold Swanton (teleplay) John Forsythe, Warren Stevens, Cloris Leachman, George Macready October 9, 1955 (1955-10-09)

Kim (Forsythe) returns home to the US 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 didn't 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
3 3 "Triggers in Leash" Don Medford Dick Carr (teleplay),
Allen Vaughn Elston (story)
Gene Barry, Darren McGavin, Ellen Corby October 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 a sign from God and leave peacefully.

Supporting cast: Casey MacGregor
4 4 "Don't Come Back Alive" Robert Stevenson Robert Dennis (teleplay) Sidney Blackmer October 23, 1955 (1955-10-23)

Financially strapped couple Frank (Blackmer) and Mildred (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 end the scheme. In a rage, Frank kills her and buries her in his garden. The next day Kettle apologizes to Frank for his assumption, and offers to help with his garden.

Supporting cast: Virginia Gregg, Robert Emhardt, Irene Tedrow, Edna Holland
5 5 "Into Thin Air" Don Medford Marian Cockrell (teleplay) Pat Hitchcock October 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 only believed by Basil Farnham (Toone). Diana and Basil demand to see the room, which is very different from Diana's description, but Diana rips 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.

Supporting cast: Geoffrey Toone, Alan Napier, Maurice Marsac, Mary Forbes, Ann Codee, Gerry Gaylor, John Mylong, Albert d'Arno, Peter Camlin, Jack Chefe, Michael Hadlow
6 6 "Salvage" Justus Addiss Fred Freiberger & Dick Carr (teleplay), Fred Freiberger (story) Gene Barry, Nancy Gates November 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, and seemingly has a change of heart. He offers her a business deal, and 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 he did all of it so that Lois would not want to die, and he can kill her with satisfaction.

Supporting cast: Maxine Cooper, Peter Adams, Elisha Cook, Jr., Paul Bryar, Edit Angold, Virginia Christine, Ralph Montgomery, Billy Wayne
7 7 "Breakdown" Alfred Hitchcock Francis Cockrell & Louis Pollock (teleplay), Louis Pollock (story) Joseph Cotten November 13, 1955 (1955-11-13)

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 assumed to be dead and is ignored by everyone, and only gets 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, Jim Weldon, Richard Newton, Aaron Spelling, Harry Landers, Elzie Emanuel, Ralph Peters
8 8 "Our Cook's a Treasure" Robert Stevens Robert C. Dennis (teleplay)
Dorothy L. Sayers (story)
Everett Sloane, Beulah Bondi November 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, Elliott Reid, Gavin Gordon, Doris Singleton, Walter Woolf King, Olan Soulé
9 9 "The Long Shot" Robert Stevenson Harold Swanton (teleplay) Peter Lawford, John Williams November 20, 1955 (1955-11-20)

Heavily indebted Charlie Raymond answers a paper ad placed by Walker Hendricks, 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 he has never met. Charlie kills Walker and takes his identity to present himself at the lawyer's officer. There he is met by a policeman, who informs him that the real Walker Hendricks was killed much earlier, and the man he'd killed was English Jim, another a con man who'd also been after the inheritance.

Supporting cast: Gertrude Hoffman, Robert Warwick, Frank Gerstle, Charles Cantor, Tim Graham, Virginia Christine
10 10 "The Case of Mr. Pelham" Alfred Hitchcock Francis Cockrell (teleplay),
Anthony Armstrong (story)
Tom Ewell December 4, 1955 (1955-12-04)

Albert Pelham (Ewell) 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 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 double points out that Pelham is wearing an unusual tie, and when Peterson accepts that this means Pelham is the imposter, Pelham has a breakdown.

Supporting cast: Raymond Bailey, Justice Watson, Kirby Smith, Kay Stewart, John Compton, Jan Arvan, Norman Willis, Tim Graham, Richard Collier, Diane Brewster
11 11 "Guilty Witness" Robert Stevens Robert C. Dennis (teleplay),
Morris Hershman (story)
Judith Evelyn, Kathleen Maguire, Joseph Mantell December 4, 1955 (1955-12-04)

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 (Simon)'s 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, Ed Kemmer, Grazia Narciso, Laiola Wendorff
12 12 "Santa Claus and the Tenth Avenue Kid" Don Weis Marian Cockrell (teleplay),
Margaret Cousins (story)
Barry Fitzgerald December 18, 1955 (1955-12-18)

Disgruntled ex-con Harold Sears gets a job 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 but doesn't believe Santa can give it to him. Sears steals the toy to give it to the boy for Christmas. When Sears is caught by the police, Webster understands what Sears was trying to do, has the charges dropped.

Supporting cast: Virginia Gregg, Bobby Clark, 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
13 13 "The Cheney Vase" Robert Stevens Robert Blees Patricia Collinge, Darren McGavin December 25, 1955 (1955-12-25)

Lyle Endicott 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 he is unable to identify the correct one.

Supporting cast: Carolyn Jones, George Macready, Kathryn Card, Ruta Lee
14 14 "A Bullet for Baldwin" Justus Addiss Eustace and Francis Cockrell (teleplay)
Joseph Ruscoll (story)
John Qualen January 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, Philip Reed, Ruth Lee, Cheryll Clarke, James Adamson, Don McArt, Kate Drain Lawson, Bob Patten, David Dwight, Arthur Gilmour
15 15 "The Big Switch" Don Weis Richard Carr (teleplay)
Cornell Woolrich (story)
George Mathews, Beverly Michaels January 8, 1956 (1956-01-08)

Gangster Sam Dunleavy (Matthews) 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 she's pregnant. When Sam returns to Barney's backroom, Barney has accidentally shot himself, and Sam is arrested for murder.

Supporting cast: George E. Stone, Joseph Downing, James Edwards, Mark Dana, Napoleon Whiting
16 16 "You Got to Have Luck" Robert Stevens Eustace & Francis Cockrell (teleplay)
S. R. Ross (story)
John Cassavetes, Marisa Pavan January 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 he can take his time, but the police suddenly arrive to arrest him, as 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
17 17 "The Older Sister" Robert Stevens Robert C. Dennis (teleplay)
Lillian de la Torre (story)
Joan Lorring, Carmen Mathews, Polly Rowles January 22, 1956 (1956-01-22)

Based on the Lizzie Borden murders, and set a year after Lizzie was acquitted for the murder of her parents. Ambitious reporter Nell Cutts barges into the home of the Borden sisters Lizzie and Emma in the hopes of an exclusive interview. Cutter's 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
18 18 "Shopping for Death" Robert Stevens Ray Bradbury Jo Van Fleet January 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 they believe will die soon. Clarence has his sights of Mrs. Shrike (Fleet), a boorish alcoholic who he believes has a deathwish. 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 after.

Supporting cast: Robert Harris, John Qualen, Mike Ross, Michael Ansara, Alfred Linder, Charlotte Knight, Lee Erickson, Jack Tesler, Laiola Wendorff, Ralph Montgomery, Bob Morgan
19 19 "The Derelicts" Robert Stevens Robert C. Dennis (teleplay)
Terence Maples (story)
Robert Newton February 5, 1956 (1956-02-05)

Businessman Ralph Cowell (Reed) kills his silent partner, Alfred Sloane (Delevanti), in order to avoid paying what he owes. The murder is witnessed by 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 Cowell's wife, Herta's disgust. 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 policeman arrives with a pawn ticket signed by Cowell for Sloane's cigarette case, tying Cowell to the Sloane murder.

Supporting cast: Philip Reed, Peggy Knudsen, Johnny Silver, Robert Foulk, Cyril Delevanti
20 20 "And So Died Riabouchinska" Robert Stevenson Mel Dinelli (teleplay)
Ray Bradbury (story)
Claude Rains February 5, 1956 (1956-02-05)

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, Claire Carleton, Lowell Gilmore, Charles Cantor, Harry Tyler, Iris Adrian, Bill Haade, Virginia Gregg
21 21 "Safe Conduct" Justus Addiss Andrew Solt (teleplay) Claire Trevor, Jacques Bergerac February 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 enable 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
22 22 "Place of Shadows" Robert Stevens Robert C. Dennis (teleplay) Everett Sloane February 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 he no longer wants revenge, but the crook has already died.

Supporting cast: Sean McClory, Mark Damon, Claude Akins, Joseph Downing, Everett Glass, Harry Tyler, Steve Mitchell
23 23 "Back for Christmas" Alfred Hitchcock Francis Cockrell (teleplay)
John Collier (story)
John Williams March 4, 1956 (1956-03-04)

Herbert Carpenter (Williams) and his wife Hermione (Elsom) are planning a long holiday in California. On the day of their departure, Herbert kills his wife and buries her in the wine cellar, and then goes to California by himself. While there, Herbert receives a letter that Hermione had arranged for contractors to excavate the wine cellar as a present for Herbert.

Supporting cast: Isabel Elsom, A. E. Gould-Porter, Lily Kemble-Cooper, Gavin Muir, Katherine Warren, Gerald Hamer, Irene Tedrow, Ross Ford, Theresa Harris, Mollie Glessing
24 24 "The Perfect Murder" Robert Stevens Victor Wolfson (teleplay)
Stacey Aumonier (story)
Hurd Hatfield, Mildred Natwick March 11, 1956 (1956-03-11)

Brothers Paul (Hatfield) and Henri (Coolidge) plot to kill their Aunt Rosalie (Natwick) to inherit her fortune. Paul has Henry 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, Gladys Hurlbut, Walter Kingsford, Percy Helton, Hope Summers, Jack Chefe
25 25 "There Was an Old Woman" Robert Stevenson Marian Cockrell (teleplay)
Jerry Hackady & Harold Hackady (story)
Estelle Winwood March 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’re filled with rat poison. Laughton's fortune turns out to be inside a handbag she carries everywhere with her.

Supporting cast: Charles Bronson, Norma Crane, Dabbs Greer, Emerson Treacy
26 26 "Whodunit" Francis Cockrell Francis Cockrell & Marian Cockrell (teleplay)
C. B. Gilford (story)
John Williams March 25, 1956 (1956-03-25)

Dead mystery writer Alexander Penn Arlington (Williams) arrives in Heaven and is distraught that he doesn't know who killed him. His angel, Wilfred (Naper), sends Alexander back to repeat his last day on Earth to figure it out. Alexander's assistant, nephew, wife and her lover all have motives. He gathers all of them in his study and tells them that one of them is planning to kill him. 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 man who turned off the light, so it must be Alexander's wife.

Supporting cast: Amanda Blake, Jerry Paris, Philip Coolidge, Alan Napier, Bill Slack, Ruta Lee, and Filipino Hollywood actor Rudy Robles.
27 27 "Help Wanted" James Neilson Robert C. Dennis (teleplay)
Based upon the Mary Orr and Reginald Denham adaptation of a story by
Stanley Ellin
John Qualen, Lorne Green April 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
28 28 "Portrait of Jocelyn" Robert Stevens Harold Swanton (teleplay)
Edgar Marvin (story)
Philip Abbott, Nancy Gates, John Baragrey April 8, 1956 (1956-04-08)

Married couple Mark (Abott) 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 Mark stills loves Jocelyn and urges him to find the truth. With the help of Mark's friend Jeff (Bailey), Mark tracks down the painter, Athur Clymer (Baragrey), who claims 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, Olan Soule, Harry Tyler
29 29 "The Orderly World of Mr. Appleby" James Neilson Victor Wolfson & Robert C. Dennis (teleplay)
Stanley Ellin (story)
Robert H. Harris, Meg Mundy April 15, 1956 (1956-04-15)

Antiques dealer Laurence Appleby (Harris) kills his wife 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.

Supporting cast: Gage Clark, Louise Larabee, Michael Ansara, Helen Spring, Edna Holland, Mollie Glessing
30 30 "Never Again" Robert Stevens Gwen Bagni, Irwin Gielgud, Stirling Silliphant (teleplay)
Adela Rogers St. Johns (story)
Phyllis Thaxter, Louise Albritton, Warren Stevens April 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 (Albritton) 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 a man with a broken glass.

Supporting cast: Jack Mullaney, Joan Banks, Mason Curry, Karine Nordman, Marion Gray, Jack Mulhall, Carol Veazie, Jack Ramstead
31 31 "The Gentleman from America" Robert Stevens Francis Cockrell (teleplay)
Michael Arlen (story)
Biff McGuire April 29, 1956 (1956-04-29)

Sir Stephen Hurstwood (Clanton) offers a bet of $1000 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 goes crazy from the experience.

Supporting cast: Ralph Clanton, John Irving, Eric Snowdon, Geoffrey Steele, John Alderson, John Dodsworth, Sonia Torgeson, Jan Chaney
32 32 "The Baby Sitter" Robert Stevens Sarett Rudley (teleplay)
Emily Neff (story)
Thelma Ritter May 6, 1956 (1956-05-06)

Lottie Slocum (Ritter) is the last person to have seen Clara Nash before she was strangled to death. Lottie, who used to be their babysitter, believes that Clara had it coming because she treated her husband Mr. Nash 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, Theodore Newton, Reba Tassel, Michael Ansara, Ray Teal
33 33 "The Belfry" Herschel Daugherty Robert C. Dennis (teleplay)
Allan Vaughan Elston (story)
Jack Mullaney, Pat Hitchcock May 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 is smug when everyone assumes he's 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
34 34 "The Hidden Thing" Robert Stevens James Cavanagh (teleplay)
A. J. Russell (story)
Biff McGuire, Robert H. Harris May 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 John Hurley (Harris) who claims to know how to encourage memory 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
35 35 "The Legacy" James Neilson Gina Kaus & Andrew Solt (teleplay)
Gina Kaus (story)
Leora Dana, Jacques Bergerac May 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 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 Randall (Clanton) learns that Burnhan's death was an accident, and he pursued Irene for her money. Randall decides not to tell Irene, because her marriage has much improved.

Supporting cast: Enid Markey, Alan Hewitt, Walter Kingsford, Ralph Clanton, Roxanne Arlen, Rudolph Anders, Joan Dixon
36 36 "Mink" Robert Stevenson Irwin Gielgud & Gwen Bagni (teleplay) Ruth Hussey June 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 doing so. 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
37 37 "Decoy" Arnold Laven Bernard C. Schoenfeld (teleplay)
Richard George Pedicini (story)
Robert Horton, Cara Williams June 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's released he goes to Mona and realizes that she set him up so she could be with her lover, Richie (Lewis). Mona and Ritchie are arrested.

Supporting cast: Jack Mullaney, Philip Coolidge, David Orrick, Harry Lewis, Frank Gorshin, Eileen Harley, Mary Jean Yamaji, Edo Mita, Harry Tyler
38 38 "The Creeper" Herschel Daugherty James Cavanagh (teleplay)
Joseph Ruscoll (story)
Constance Ford, Steve Brodie, Harry Townes June 17, 1956 (1956-06-17)

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

Supporting cast: Reta Shaw, Percy Helton, Alfred Linder
39 39 "Momentum" Robert Stevens Francis Cockrell (teleplay)
Cornell Woolrich (story)
Skip Homeier, Joanne Woodward June 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 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, 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)[edit]

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Title Directed by Written by Stars Original air date
40 1 "Wet Saturday" Alfred Hitchcock Marian Cockrell, John Collier (story) Sir Cedric Hardwicke, John Williams September 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.
41 2 "Fog Closing In" Herschel Daugherty James Cavanagh, Martin Brooke (story) Phyllis Thaxter, Paul Langton October 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's 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]
42 3 "De Mortuis" Robert Stevens Francis Cockrell, John Collier (story) Robert Emhardt, Cara Williams October 14, 1956 (1956-10-14)
Aware that their friend Rankin (Emhardt)'s 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.
43 4 "Kill with Kindness" Herschel Daugherty A. J. Russell Hume Cronyn, Carmen Mathews October 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've lit the fire, they're 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.
44 5 "None Are So Blind" Robert Stevens James Cavanagh, John Collier (story) Hurd Hatfield, Mildred Dunnock October 28, 1956 (1956-10-28)
Egotistical Seymour Johnston (Hatfield) murders his rich Aunt Muriel (Dunnock) and pins the blame on "Antonio Battani", a fake persona he's 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 mole, which gives his disguise away.
45 6 "Toby" Robert Stevens Victor Wolfson, Joseph Bates Smith (story) Jessica Tandy, Robert H. Harris November 4, 1956 (1956-11-04)
Albert Birch (Harris) is excited to be reunited with his sweetheart, Edwina (Tandy) after twenty 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 escaped from a mental asylum, and Toby is a cat.
46 7 "Alibi Me" Jules Bricken Therd Jefre (story), Walter Newman (story), Bernard C. Schoenfeld Lee Philips, Chick Chandler November 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'd tried to send the package five times that day because Georgie wasn't in.
47 8 "Conversation Over a Corpse" Jules Bricken Marian Cockrell, Norman Daniels Dorothy Stickney, Carmen Mathews November 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.
48 9 "Crack of Doom" James Neilson Robert C. Dennis, Don Marquis (story) Robert Horton, Robert Middleton November 25, 1956 (1956-11-25)
Company man Mason Bridges (Horton) keeps returning to a high-stakes poker game because he's 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 read his cards wrong, but Klinker folds and Mason wins the pot.
49 10 "Jonathan" John Meredyth Lucas Fred Levan (story), Bernard C. Schoenfeld, Stirling Silliphant Georgann Johnson, Corey Allen December 2, 1956 (1956-12-02)
Gil (Allen), who had an unnaturally close relationship with his late father, Jonathan, accuses his stepmother, Rosine (Johnson) of killing him. Gil's investigation uncovers a bottle of poisoned brandy he'd given to Rosine to kill her, except Rosine guessed that it was poison and gave it to Jonathan, killing him.
50 11 "The Better Bargain" Herschel Daugherty Richard Deming (short story), Bernard C. Schoenfeld Robert Middleton, Henry Silva December 9, 1956 (1956-12-09)
Mobster Louis Koster (Middleton) learns from a private investigator that his wife, Marion, 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 Marion is having an affair with.
51 12 "The Rose Garden" Francis Cockrell Marian B. Cockrell, Vincent Fotre (story) John Williams, Patricia Collinge December 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.
52 13 "Mr. Blanchard's Secret" Alfred Hitchcock Emily Neff (story), Sarett Rudley Mary Scott, Robert Horton, Meg Mundy December 23, 1956 (1956-12-23)
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). Every time Babs thinks she's figured out the truth, she is proven wrong.
53 14 "John Brown's Body" Robert Stevens Thomas Burke (story), Robert C. Dennis Hugh Marlowe, Russell Collins, Leora Dana December 30, 1956 (1956-12-30)
Harold Skinner (Marlow) 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.
54 15 "Crackpot" John Meredyth Lucas Martin Berkeley, Harold Gast (story) Biff McGuire, Robert Emhardt, Mary Scott January 6, 1957 (1957-01-06)
Newlyweds Ray (McGuire) and Meg (Scott)'s honeymoon is slightly marred by the recent death of their aunt. At their hotel they are harassed by Mr. Moon (Emhardt), whom Ray believes is trying to kill them. Ray orders Meg to leave when he hears what sounds like a 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.
55 16 "Nightmare in 4-D" Justus Addiss Robert C. Dennis, Stuart Jerome (story) Henry Jones, Barbara Baxley, Virginia Gregg January 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.
56 17 "My Brother, Richard" Herschel Daugherty Jay Bennett (story), Sarett Rudley Royal Dano, Inger Stevens, Harry Townes January 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 caddie, to temporarily confess to the murder to save Laura's life. Tommy's mother, mistaking Richard for Martin, begs him to release Tommy, and when Richard refuses, she kills him.
57 18 "The Manacled" Robert Stevens Stirling Silliphant, A. Sanford Wolfe (story) Gary Merrill, William Redfield January 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 hasn't 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 can't open his manacles.
58 19 "A Bottle of Wine" Herschel Daugherty Borden Deal (story), Stirling Silliphant Herbert Marshall, Robert Horton, Jarma Lewis February 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.
59 20 "Malice Domestic" John Meredyth Lucas Philip MacDonald (story), Victor Wolfson Ralph Meeker, Phyllis Thaxter February 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 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 he could be with his lover.
60 21 "Number Twenty-Two" Robert Stevens Evan Hunter (story), Joel Murcott Russell Collins, Rip Torn February 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.
61 22 "The End of Indian Summer" Robert Stevens Maurice Baudin Jr. (story), James Cavanagh Steve Forrest, Gladys Cooper February 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 fiancée, Fieldstone, leave for their wedding, Joe discovers that Fieldstone is also being investigated by an insurance company, because he'd made claims following the deaths of his four previous wives.
62 23 "One for the Road" Robert Stevens Robert C. Dennis, Emily Neff (story) John Baragrey, Georgann Johnson, Louise Platt March 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.
63 24 "The Cream of the Jest" Herschel Daugherty Fredric Brown (story), Sarett Rudley Claude Rains, James Gregory March 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.
64 25 "I Killed The Count, Part I" Robert Stevens Francis M. Cockrell, Alec Coppel (story) John Williams March 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.
65 26 "I Killed The Count, Part II" Robert Stevens Francis M. Cockrell, Alec Coppel (story) John Williams March 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.
66 27 "I Killed The Count, Part III" Robert Stevens Francis M. Cockrell, Alec Coppel (story) John Williams, Rosemary Harris March 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 get away with it.
67 28 "One More Mile to Go" Alfred Hitchcock F. J. Smith (story), James P. Cavanagh David Wayne April 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 their mechanic can open the trunk and fix it.
68 29 "Vicious Circle" Paul Henreid Evan Hunter (story), Bernard C. Schoenfeld Dick York, Kathleen Maguire April 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.
69 30 "The Three Dreams of Mr. Findlater" Jules Bricken A. A. Milne (story), Sarett Rudley John Williams, Barbara Baxley April 21, 1957 (1957-04-21)
Ernest Findlater (Williams), who is constantly being nagged at by his wife, fantasizes about Lalage, an exotic lover from the South Seas (Baxley). With Lalage's encouragement, Ernest starts plotting the murder of his wife, and spends weeks setting the setpieces to get away with it. When Ernest finally arrives home to commit the deed, he finds that his wife has died of natural causes.
70 31 "The Night the World Ended" Jus Addiss Fredric Brown (story), Bernard C. Schoenfeld Russell Collins, Harold J. Stone April 28, 1957 (1957-04-28)
Practical joker Halloran (Stone) convinces homeless man Johnny (Collins) that the world will end at 11.45 that night. With nothing to lose, Johnny steals liquor, breaks into a toy store to give presents to homeless children, and kills the policeman who tries to apprehend him. When Johnny realizes what Halloran did, he takes a gun and shoots him.
71 32 "The Hands of Mr. Ottermole" Robert Stevens Thomas Burke (story), Francis M. Cockrell Theodore Bikel, Rhys Williams, Torin Thatcher May 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 policeman. 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.
72 33 "A Man Greatly Beloved" James Neilson A. A. Milne (story), Sarett Rudley Sir Cedric Hardwicke, Evelyn Rudie, Hugh Marlowe May 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 put many criminals away. Thanks to Hildegard's friendship, John opens up to the townspeople and is loved by all due his kindness and generosity. After Anderson's death, Clarence discovers that "John Anderson" was a fake name, and that man was one of the murderers that the real John Anderson sentenced to prison.
73 34 "Martha Mason, Movie Star" Jus Addiss Robert C. Dennis, Raymond Mason (story) Judith Evelyn, Robert Emhardt May 19, 1957 (1957-05-19)
Mabel McKay (Evelyn) believes 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.
74 35 "The West Warlock Time Capsule" Jus Addiss J. P. Cahn (story), Marian B. Cockrell Henry Jones, Mildred Dunnock May 26, 1957 (1957-05-26)
Taxidermist George Tiffany (Jones) is distressed when his wife Mildred (Dunnock) invites her good-for-nothing brother Waldren into their home. Waldren pretends to be sick, refuses to work, and has Mildred waiting on him hand and foot. When Mildred succumbs to exhaustion, George kills Waldren and stuffs him inside a horse that is being prepared for the town memorial.
75 36 "Father and Son" Herschel Daugherty Thomas Burke (story), James P. Cavanagh Edmund Gwenn June 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.
76 37 "The Indestructible Mr. Weems" Jus Addiss George F. Slavin Robert Middleton, Joe Mantell, Russell Collins June 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.
77 38 "A Little Sleep" Paul Henreid Robert C. Dennis, Joe Grenzeback (short story) Barbara Cook, Vic Morrow June 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's 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 strangles her.
78 39 "The Dangerous People" Robert Stevens Fredric Brown (story), Francis M. Cockrell Albert Salmi, Robert H. Harris June 23, 1957 (1957-06-23)
Lawyer Bellefontaine (Harris) and accountant Jones (Salmi) 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)[edit]

No. Title Directed by Written by Stars Original air date
1 "The Glass Eye" Robert Stevens Stirling Silliphant (teleplay)
John Keir Cross (story)
Jessica Tandy, Tom Conway, William Shatner October 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.
2 "Mail Order Prophet" James Neilson Robert C. Dennis (teleplay)
Antony Ferry (story)
E. G. Marshall, Jack Klugman October 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's 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.
3 "The Perfect Crime" Alfred Hitchcock Stirling Silliphant (teleplay)
Ben Ray Redman (story)
Vincent Price, James Gregory October 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 kills Gregory and uses his body to create a ceramic trophy in tribute of what he considers "the perfect crime".
4 "Heart of Gold" Robert Stevens James P. Cavanagh (teleplay)
Henry Slesar (story)
Mildred Dunnock, Darryl Hickman, Nehemiah Persoff October 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 cell mate. Jackie has hopes of making a new honest life, but Martha and her other son, Ralph (Persoff), only took Jackie in because they believe he has the loot from a previous robbery hidden somewhere. Ralph tries to force Jackie to reveal its whereabouts, and Jackie kills him.
5 "Silent Witness" Paul Henreid Robert C. Dennis (teleplay)
Jeanne Barry (story)
Don Taylor, Dolores Hart, Pat Hitchcock November 3, 1957 (1957-11-03)
Professor Donald Mason (Taylor) kills his student, Claudia (Hart), 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 Linda cries whenever she sees any man.
6 "Reward to Finder" James Neilson Frank Gabrielson (teleplay)
F.J. Smith (story)
Jo Van Fleet, Oskar Homolka November 10, 1957 (1957-11-10)
After finding a cash-laden wallet, 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 before drinking the cup of poisoned coffee Anna prepared for him.
7 "Enough Rope for Two" Paul Henreid Joel Murcott (teleplay)
Clark Howard (story)
Jean Hagen, Steven Hill, Steve Brodie November 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.
8 "Last Request" Paul Henreid Joel Murcott (teleplay)
Helen Fislar Brooks (story)
Harry Guardino, Cara Williams, Hugh Marlowe November 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'd murdered three other people, but Butler never suspected him for those incidents; instead Gerry was prosecuted for a murder he didn't commit. The execution is canceled when Butler gets new evidence exonerating Gerry from the incorrect charge, but Gerry's letter has already been posted.
9 "The Young One" Robert Altman Sarett Rudley (teleplay)
Phillip Goodman, Sandy Sax (story)
Carol Lynley, Vince Edwards December 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.
10 "The Diplomatic Corpse" Paul Henreid Robert C. Dennis (teleplay)
Alec Coppel (story)
Peter Lorre, George Peppard, Mary Scott December 8, 1957 (1957-12-08)
Married couple Evan (Peppard) and Janet (Scott) are touring Mexico with their aunt Mrs. Tait, 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.
11 "The Deadly" Don Taylor Robert C. Dennis (teleplay)
Lawrence Treat (story)
Phyllis Thaxter, Lee Phillips, Craig Stevens December 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 he's extorted from them and more.
12 "Miss Paisley's Cat" Justus Addiss Marian B. Cockrell (teleplay), Roy Vickers (story) Dorothy Stickney December 22, 1957 (1957-12-22)
Emma Paisley (Stickney) is distressed when her neighbor, Rinditch, kills her pet cat. Emma blacks out and wakes up four hours later, to find that Rinditch has been murdered. Emma confesses to the police that she did it, but they don't believe her, since she cannot explain how she did it.
13 "Night of the Execution" Justus Addiss Bernard C. Schoenfeld (teleplay), Henry Slesar (story) Pat Hingle, Georgann Johnson December 29, 1957 (1957-12-29)
Warren Selvy (Hingle), a prosecuting attorney with a long history of acquittals, finally 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 kills him. Warren then learns that Ed has a history of confessing to crimes he didn't commit.
14 "The Percentage" James Neilson Bernard C. Schoenfeld (teleplay), David Alexander (story) Alex Nicol, Nita Talbot January 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. Eddie is arrested for murder, and this leaves Pete and Faye, who are lovers, to be together.
15 "Together" Robert Altman Robert C. Dennis (teleplay), Alec Coppel (story) Joseph Cotten January 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 kills her, but is unable to leave because the office is locked. The next day the police are called, and they discover the body.
16 "Sylvia" Herschel Daugherty James P. Cavanagh (teleplay), Ira Levin (story) Ann Todd, John McIntire January 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 John for thwarting her attempt to reunite with Peter.
17 "The Motive" Robert Stevens Rose Simon Kohn Skip Homeier, William Redfield January 26, 1958 (1958-01-26)
Crime-obsessed best friends Tommy (Homeier) and Richard (Redfield) discuss Tommy's theory that motive-less 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 left him for; Richard picked him on purpose for revenge, as Tommy once stole the same woman from Richard.
18 "Miss Bracegirdle Does Her Duty" Robert Stevens Marian B. Cockrell (teleplay), Stacy Aumonier (story) Mildred Natwick February 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 died of a heart attack.
19 "The Equalizer" James Neilson Robert C. Dennis (teleplay), C. B. Gilford (story) Leif Erickson, Martin Balsam, Norma Crane February 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 at all.
20 "On the Nose" James Neilson Irving Elman (teleplay), Henry Slesar (story) Jan Sterling February 16, 1958 (1958-02-16)
Gambling-addicted housewife Fran Holland (Sterling) rushes to raise $25 to pay a bookie before her husband comes come. 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.
21 "Guest for Breakfast" Paul Henreid Robert C. Dennis (teleplay), C.B. Gilford (story) Joan Tetzel, Scott McKay, Richard Shepard February 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.
22 "The Return of the Hero" Herschel Daugherty Stirling Silliphant (teleplay), Andrew Solt (story & teleplay) Jacques Bergerac, Susan Kohner March 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'll 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.
23 "The Right Kind of House" Don Taylor Robert C. Dennis (teleplay), Henry Slesar (story) Robert Emhardt, Jeanette Nolan March 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 exortbitant price for the sake of the loot. Waterbury confirms her suspicion, but he dies because Grimes has poisoned his drink.
24 "The Foghorn" Robert Stevens Frank Gabrielson (teleplay), Gertrude Atherton (story) Barbara Bel Geddes, Michael Rennie March 16, 1958 (1958-03-16)
Lucia Clay (Geddes) is haunted by the sound of a foghorn, but can't remember 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 fifty years have passed in reality.
25 "Flight to the East" Arthur Hiller Joel Murcott (teleplay), Bevil Charles (story) Gary Merrill, Patricia Cutts March 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's told her his story, Franklin learns that Denim is a witness who is going to testify against him.
26 "Bull in a China Shop" James Neilson Sarett Rudley (teleplay), C.B. Gilford (story) Dennis Morgan, Estelle Winwood March 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.
27 "Disappearing Trick" Arthur Hiller Kathleen Hite (teleplay), Victor Canning (story) Robert Horton, Betsy von Furstenberg April 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 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.
28 "Lamb to the Slaughter" Alfred Hitchcock Roald Dahl Barbara Bel Geddes April 13, 1958 (1958-04-13)

Pregnant housewife Mary Maloney (Geddes) bludgeons her husband to death with a frozen leg of lamb when he says he's going leave her for another woman. Mary sets the scene to look like a struggle and puts the leg in the oven to cook. When the police arrive to investigate, they're 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]
29 "Fatal Figures" Don Taylor Robert C. Dennis (teleplay), Rick Edelstein (story) John McGiver, Vivian Nathan April 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.
30 "Death Sentence" Paul Henreid Joel Murcott (teleplay), Miriam Allen deFord (story) James Best, Katherine Bard, Steve Brodie April 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 they committed twelve years earlier. Norman believes that Al is having an affair with Paula and plans to blow them up with dynamite. When Paula insists it isn't true, Norman lets himself be blown up so Paula will be free from Al's threats and Norman's past.
31 "The Festive Season" Arthur Hiller James P. Cavanaugh (teleplay), Stanley Ellin (story) Carmen Mathews, Edmon Ryan, Richard Waring May 4, 1958 (1958-05-04)
On Christmas Eve, Attorney John (Ryan) visits the home of 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 twenty years ago.
32 "Listen, Listen...!" Don Taylor Bernard C. Schoenfeld (teleplay), R.E. Kendall (story) Edgar Stehli May 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.
33 "Post Mortem" Arthur Hiller Robert C. Dennis (teleplay), Cornell Woolrich (story) Steve Forrest, Joanna Moore, James Gregory May 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 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.
34 "The Crocodile Case" Don Taylor Robert C. Dennis (teleplay), Roy Vickers (story) Denholm Elliott, Hazel Court May 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 her late husband was returning to her 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.
35 "Dip in the Pool" Alfred Hitchcock Roald Dahl Keenan Wynn, Fay Wray June 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'll call for help. However, Emily is intellectually disabled, and doesn't react after he goes over.
36 "The Safe Place" James Neilson Michael Hogan (teleplay), Jay Wilson (story) Robert H. Harris, Joanne Linville June 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 the spot and ordered to give up his teller drawer keys immediately.
37 "The Canary Sedan" Robert Stevens Stirling Silliphant (teleplay), Ann Bridge (story) Jessica Tandy, Murray Matheson June 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's 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.
38 "The Impromptu Murder" Paul Henreid Francis Cockrell (teleplay), Roy Vickers (story) Hume Cronyn, Robert Douglas June 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 (Douglas)'s suspicions. Placed under pressure, Daw confesses to the murder, but it turns out the body turns belongs to someone else.
39 "Little White Frock" Herschel Daugherty Stirling Silliphant (teleplay), Stacey Aumonier (story) Herbert Marshall, Julie Adams, Tom Helmore June 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.

Season 4 (1958–59)[edit]

No. Title Directed by Written by Stars Original air date
1 "Poison" Alfred Hitchcock James B. Allardice (lead in), Roald Dahl (story) Wendell Corey, James Donald October 5, 1958 (1958-10-05)
Harry Pope (Donald) has been stuck in bed for hours because there's 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's no snake to be seen. Timber mocks Harry for his fear, but as soon as the doctor is gone, he gets bitten by the snake instead.
2 "Don't Interrupt" Robert Stevens Sidney Carroll Chill Wills, Cloris Leachman, Biff McGuire, Scatman Crothers October 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 ten 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 can't speak up because of the promise.
3 "The Jokester" Arthur Hiller Bernard C. Schoenfeld, Robert Arthur Albert Salmi, Roscoe Ates, James Coburn October 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 Bradley's moaning is real and puts him inside the freezer.
4 "The Crooked Road" Paul Henreid William Fay, Alex Gaby Richard Kiley, Walter Matthau, Patricia Breslin October 26, 1958 (1958-10-26)
Harry Adams (Kiley) and his wife (Breslin) are traveling on a rural road when they're waylaid by crooked cop Officer Chandler (Matthau), who's running an extortion racket with the local mechanic and judge. The Adamses leave after paying the fees, but it turns out that they're part of the State Commission, and recorded everything on tape.
5 "The $2,000,000 Defense" Norman Lloyd William Fay (teleplay), Harold Q. Masur (story) Barry Sullivan, Leslie Nielsen, Herbert Anderson November 2, 1958 (1958-11-02)
Lloyd Ashley (Nielsen) is accused of killing his wife Eve's lover, and offers his lawyer Mark Robeson (Sullivan) two 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.
6 "Design for Loving" Robert Stevens Ray Bradbury (story, 'Marionettes, Inc') Norman Lloyd, Marian Seldes, Elliott Reid, Barbara Baxley November 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.
7 "Man with a Problem" Robert Stevens Joel Murcott (teleplay), Donald Martin (story) Gary Merrill, Mark Richman, Elizabeth Montgomery November 16, 1958 (1958-11-16)
Carl (Merill) climbs onto the ledge of a hotel room, disconsolate over his wife Karen (Montgomery)'s recent suicide when her lover abandoned her. The sergeant on duty (Richman), joins Carl on the ledge to tie him down safely, but this turns out to be what Carl wants: the sergeant was Karen's lover, and Carl pushes him off the building.
8 "Safety for the Witness" Norman Lloyd William Fay (teleplay), John De Meyer (story) Art Carney November 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.
9 "Murder Me Twice" David Swift Irving Elman (teleplay), Lawrence Treat (story) Phyllis Thaxter, Tom Helmore December 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, "Woulds not thee like to know."
10 "Tea Time" Robert Stevens Kathleen Hite (teleplay), Margaret Manners (story) Margaret Leighton, Marsha Hunt, Murray Matheson December 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's still planning to divorce Iris for another younger mistress.
11 "And the Desert Shall Blossom" Arthur Hiller Bernard C. Schoenfeld (teleplay), Loren D. Good (story) William Demarest, Roscoe Ates, Ben Johnson December 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.
12 "Mrs. Herman and Mrs. Fenimore" Arthur Hiller Robert C. Dennis (teleplay), Donald Honig (story) Mary Astor, Russell Collins, Doro Merande December 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.
13 "Six People, No Music" Norman Lloyd Richard Berg (teleplay), Garson Kanin (story) John McGiver, Peggy Cass January 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.
14 "The Morning After" Herschel Daugherty Rose Simon Kohn (teleplay), Henry Slesar (story) Robert Alda, Jeanette Nolan, Dorothy Provine, Fay Wray January 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 Ben will go to jail.
15 "A Personal Matter" Paul Henreid Joel Murcott (teleplay), Brett Halliday (story) Wayne Morris, Joe Maross January 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 Philip is the murderer, and Johnson is the police officer who traveled there to arrest him.
16 "Out There – Darkness" Paul Henreid Bernard C. Schoenfeld (teleplay), William O'Farrell (story) Bette Davis January 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 died in hospital. Miss Fox tries to make it up to Eddie when he's released, but he murders her as revenge.
17 "Total Loss" Don Taylor J.E. Selby Nancy Olson, Ralph Meeker February 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 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 doesn't believe her.
18 "The Last Dark Step" Herschel Daugherty William Fay (teleplay), Margaret Manners (story) Robert Horton, Fay Spain February 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.
19 "The Morning of the Bride" Arthur Hiller Kathleen Hite (teleplay), Neil S. Broadman (story) Barbara Bel Geddes, Don Dubbins February 15, 1959 (1959-02-15)
Helen Brewster (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's still alive.
20 "The Diamond Necklace" Herschel Daugherty Sarett Rudley Claude Rains, Betsy von Furstenberg February 22, 1959 (1959-02-22)
Elderly Andrew Thurgood (Rains) is let go from a jewelry firm after almost three decades 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.
21 "Relative Value" Paul Almond Frances Cockrell (teleplay), Milward Kennedy (story) Denholm Elliott, Torin Thatcher March 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.
22 "The Right Price" Arthur Hiller Bernard C. Schoenfeld (teleplay), Henry Slesar (story) Eddie Foy Jr., Allyn Joslyn March 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 $3500 to kill Jocelyn, but Jocelyn makes a counter-offer of $5000, so The Cat kills Mort instead.
23 "I'll Take Care of You" Robert Stevens William Fay (teleplay), George Johnson (story) Ralph Meeker, Russell Collins, Elisabeth Fraser March 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.
24 "The Avon Emeralds" Bretaigne Windust William Fay (teleplay), Joe Pidcock (story) Roger Moore, Hazel Court, Alan Napier March 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.
25 "The Kind Waitress" Paul Henreid Henry Slesar Olive Deering, Celia Lovsky, Rick Jason March 29, 1959 (1959-03-29)
Hotel waitress Thelma (Deering) learns that she's on the will of her wealthy regular customer, Sara Mannerheim (Lovsky), who's 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's revealed that Sara's doctor prescribed anatine for her heart condition, and Thelma had inadvertently been keeping her alive.
26 "Cheap Is Cheap" Bretaigne Windust Albert E. Lewis, Burt Styler Dennis Day April 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 too expensive. He ends up giving her food poisoning and selling her cadaver to a medical university.
27 "The Waxwork" Robert Stevens Casey Robinson (teleplay), A. M. Burrage (story) Barry Nelson, Everett Sloane April 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.
28 "The Impossible Dream" Robert Stevens John Lindsey Franchot Tone, Carmen Mathews, Mary Astor April 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.
29 "Banquo's Chair" Alfred Hitchcock Francis Cockrell (teleplay), Rupert Croft-Cooke (story) John Williams, Kenneth Haigh, Reginald Gardiner May 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.
30 "A Night with the Boys" John Brahm Henry Slesar, Jay Fob John Smith, Joyce Meadows May 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 he had was Smalley's poker winnings.
31 "Your Witness" Norman Lloyd William Fay (teleplay), Helen Nielsen (story) Brian Keith, Leora Dana May 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 Arnold had just destroyed the credibility of as an eyewitness in court.
32 "Human Interest Story" Norman Lloyd Fredric Brown Steve McQueen, Arthur Hill May 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 invading force trying to take over Earth.
33 "The Dusty Drawer" Herschel Daugherty Halstead Welles (teleplay), Harry Muheim (story) Dick York May 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 Tritt took from him.
34 "A True Account" Leonard Horn Rupert Croft-Cooke Jane Greer, Kent Smith, Robert Webber, Jocelyn Brando June 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.
35 "Touché" John Brahm William Fay (teleplay), Bryce Walton (story) Paul Douglas, Robert Morse June 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.
36 "Invitation to an Accident" Don Taylor Wade Miller Gary Merrill, Joanna Moore June 21, 1959 (1959-06-21)
Albert Martin fears that his good friend, Virgilia 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)[edit]

No. Title Directed by Written by Stars Original air date
1 "Arthur" Alfred Hitchcock James P. Cavanagh (teleplay), Arthur Williams (story) Laurence Harvey, Hazel Court, Patrick Macnee September 27, 1959 (1959-09-27)
Chicken farmer Arthur Williams (Harvey) murders his ex-fiancée (Court) 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 hammermill into chicken feed.
2 "The Crystal Trench" Alfred Hitchcock Stirling Silliphant (teleplay), A. E. W. Mason (story) James Donald, Patricia Owens October 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 forty years they find the body, but there is a locket on him with a picture of another woman.
3 "Appointment at Eleven" Robert Stevens Evan Hunter (teleplay), Robert Turner (story) Clint Kimbrough, Norma Crane, Clu Gulager, Sean McClory October 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 at that night at eleven o'clock.
4 "Coyote Moon" Herschel Daugherty Harold Swanton (teleplay), Kenneth B. Perkins (story) Macdonald Carey, Collin Wilcox, Edgar Buchanan October 18, 1959 (1959-10-18)
While driving across the desert to California, a Professor (Carey) agrees to take on hitchhiker Julie (Wilcox). However, Julie brings along her father, Pops (Buchanan) and "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 on them.
5 "No Pain" Norman Lloyd William Fay (teleplay), Talmage Powell (story) Brian Keith, Joanna Moore October 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're planning to kill him; Cindy admits they're both true. That night, Arnold drowns Cindy in the ocean, because he's a contract killer hired by Dave.
6 "Anniversary Gift" Norman Lloyd Harold Swanton (teleplay), John Collier (story) Harry Morgan, Barbara Baxley, Jackie Coogan November 1, 1959 (1959-11-01)
Hermie Jenkins (Morgan) buys a coral snake for his animal-loving wife Myra (Baxley), in the hopes that it'll bite and kill her. The snake, which is actually a harmless kingsnake, bites Hermie instead and he dies of a heart attack.
7 "Dry Run" John Brahm Bill S. Ballinger (teleplay), Norman Struber (story) Walter Matthau, Robert Vaughn, David White November 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 counter offer was a test set by Barberosa.
8 "The Blessington Method" Herschel Daugherty Halsted Welles (teleplay), Stanley Ellin (story) Henry Jones, Dick York November 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's done, Treadwell realizes it's only a matter of time before his own children have him "dealt with" as well.
9 "Dead Weight" Stuart Rosenberg Jerry Sohl (teleplay), Herb Golden (story) Joseph Cotten, Julie Adams, Don Gordon November 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 the police, Courtney kills the thug so he won't reveal their affair. Afterward, Courtney learns that his wife has had a private detective following him for the past week, and he saw everything.
10 "Special Delivery" Norman Lloyd Ray Bradbury Steve Dunne, Beatrice Straight November 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.
11 "Road Hog" Stuart Rosenberg Bill S. Ballinger (teleplay), Harold Daniels (story) Raymond Massey, Robert Emhardt, Richard Chamberlain December 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 liquor, not poison.
12 "Specialty of the House" Robert Stevens Victor Wolfson & Bernard S. Schoenfield (teleplay), Stanley Ellin (story) Robert Morley, Kenneth Haigh December 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's 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.
13 "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge" Robert Stevenson Harold Swanton (teleplay), Ambrose Bierce (story) Ronald Howard, Juano Hernandez, James Coburn December 20, 1959 (1959-12-20)
1862, during the Civil War. Recently-widowed Confederate Peyton Farquhar (Howard) decides to blow up a bridge 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. Peyton is actually dead; he never escaped from the hanging.
14 "Graduating Class" Herschel Daugherty Stirling Silliphant (teleplay), Edouard Sandoz (story) Wendy Hiller, Gigi Perreau, Jocelyn Brando December 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 Powdy, Siddons sees Barnes with a man and assumes they're 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 Powdy blackmails Barnes's parents, causing her mother to collapse. Powdy is arrested, and accuses Siddons of masterminding the blackmail.
15 "Man from the South" Norman Lloyd William Fay (teleplay), Roald Dahl (story) Steve McQueen, Peter Lorre, Neile Adams January 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's 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.[3]
16 "The Ikon of Elijah" Paul Almond Avram Davidson (story), Norah Perez & Victor Wolfson (teleplay) Oskar Homolka, Sam Jaffe January 10, 1960 (1960-01-10)
Antiques dealer Carpius (Homolka) visits a monastery in order to steal a valuable icon. When Carpius kills the monk guarding the icon, the abbot (Jaffe) forgives him but says he must stay with the icon for the rest of his life praying for absolution.
17 "The Cure" Herschel Daugherty Michael Pertwee (teleplay), Robert Bloch (story) Nehemiah Persoff, Mark Richman, Cara Williams January 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.
18 "Backward, Turn Backward" Stuart Rosenberg Charles Beaumont (teleplay), Dorothy Salisbury Davis (story) Tom Tully, Phyllis Love, Alan Baxter January 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 teenaged daughter Sue (Love). Canby's alibi is that he was babysitting his grandson, but a neighbor insists 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's the one who killed her father.
19 "Not the Running Type" Arthur Hiller Jerry Sohl (teleplay), Henry Slesar (story) Paul Hartman, Robert Bray February 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.
20 "The Day of the Bullet" Norman Lloyd Bill S. Ballinger (teleplay), Stanley Ellin (story) Barry Gordon, Glenn Walken February 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. Thirty five years later, Iggy has become a mobster himself, and Clete sees a newspaper article of his death by gunshot.
21 "Hitch Hike" Paul Henreid Bernard C. Schoenfield (teleplay), Ed Lacy (story) John McIntire, Robert Morse, Suzanne Pleshette February 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 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.
22 "Across the Threshold" Arthur Hiller Charlotte Armstrong (teleplay), L. B. Gordon (story) Patricia Collinge, George Grizzard, Barbara Baxley February 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.
23 "Craig's Will" Gene Reynolds Burt Styler & Albert E. Lewin (teleplay), Valerie Dyke (story) Dick Van Dyke, Stella Stevens, Paul Stewart March 6, 1960 (1960-03-06)
Thomas Craig (Van Dyke) is disappointed when his late uncle leaves his fortune to his dog Casper. Thomas's girlfriend Judy (Stevens) tries to have Casper killed but fails repeatedly. Judy concludes that the way to get the Craig fortune is to marry Casper herself.
24 "Madame Mystery" John Brahm William Fay (teleplay), Robert Bloch (story) Audrey Totter, Joby Baker March 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 revealed that Betsy was Jimmy's mother.
25 "The Little Man Who Was There" George Stevens, Jr. Gordon Russell & Larry Ward Norman Lloyd, Arch Johnson, Read Morgan April 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.
26 "Mother, May I Go Out to Swim?" Herschel Daugherty James P. Cavanagh (teleplay), Q. Patrick (story) William Shatner, Jessie Royce Landis, Gia Scala April 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.
27 "The Cuckoo Clock" John Brahm Robert Bloch (teleplay), Frank Mace (story) Beatrice Straight, Fay Spain, Donald Buka April 17, 1960 (1960-04-17)
Ida Blythe (Straight) is staying alone at her cottage while a patient has recently escaped from a nearby mental institute. 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.
28 "Forty Detectives Later" Arthur Hiller Henry Slesar James Franciscus, Jack Weston April 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 Dean can meet him. Dean believes 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 he was hired by Dean to do it.
29 "The Hero" John Brahm Bill S. Ballinger (teleplay), Henry De Vere Stacpoole (story) Eric Portman, Oskar Homolka May 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 he'd 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".
30 "Insomnia" John Brahm Henry Slesar Dennis Weaver May 8, 1960 (1960-05-08)
Charles Cavender (Weaver) suffers from insomnia, caused by his fear of his brother-in-law, Jack Fletcher. Charles's 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 doesn't wake up when his heater catches a fire and burns his apartment building down.
31 "I Can Take Care of Myself" Alan Crosland, Jr. Thomas Grant (teleplay), Fred McMorrow (story) Myron McCormick, Linda Lawson May 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.
32 "One Grave Too Many" Arthur Hiller Eli Jerome (teleplay), Henry Slesar (story) Neile Adams, Jeremy Slate, Biff Elliot, Howard McNear May 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 the wallet was stolen from someone else.
33 "Party Line" Hilton A. Green Eli Jerome (teleplay), Henry Slesar (story) Judy Canova, Royal Dano, Arch Johnson May 29, 1960 (1960-05-29)
Helen Parch (Canova) enjoys abusing the party line. One day she's warned by policeman 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 lead 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.
34 "Cell 227" Paul Henreid Bill S. Ballinger (teleplay), Bryce Walton (story) Brian Keith, James Best June 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'll never be pardoned.
35 "The Schartz-Metterklume Method" Richard Dunlap Marian Cockrell, Saki (story) Hermione Gingold June 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's actually wealthy aristocrat Lady Charlotte; Mrs. Wellington mistook her for the Miss Hope, and Charlotte enjoyed the distraction.
36 "Letter of Credit" Paul Henreid Helen Nielsen Bob Sweeney, Robert Bray June 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 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.
37 "Escape to Sonoita" Stuart Rosenberg James A. Howard & Bill S. Ballinger (teleplay), James A. Howard (story) Burt Reynolds, Murray Hamilton, Harry Dean Stanton, James Bell June 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 Davis tanker was carrying water.
38 "Hooked" Norman Lloyd Thomas Grant (teleplay), Robert Turner (story) Robert Horton, Vivienne Segal, Anne Francis September 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)[edit]

No. Title Directed by Written by Stars Original air date
1 "Mrs. Bixby and the Colonel's Coat" Alfred Hitchcock Roald Dahl (story), Halsted Welles (teleplay) Audrey Meadows, Les Tremayne September 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. Brixby (Tremayne)'s 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, implying that he is having an affair with her.
2 "The Doubtful Doctor" Arthur Hiller Louis Paul (story), Jerry Sohl (teleplay) Dick York, Gena Rowlands October 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 the episode was just a dream, but Ralph has a set of baseball cards he brought back from his travel.
3 "Very Moral Theft" Norman Lloyd Allan Gordon (teleplay), Jack Dillon (story) Betty Field, Walter Matthau October 11, 1960 (1960-10-11)
Spinster Helen (Field) is dating Harry Wade (Matthau), a rude lumber yard owner that Helen's brother, John, believes is a crook. When Harry is about to lose his business, Helen "borrows" $8000 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.
4 "The Contest for Aaron Gold" Norman Lloyd William Fay (teleplay), Philip Roth (story) Barry Gordon, Sydney Pollack, Frank Maxwell October 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.
5 "The Five-Forty-Eight" John Brahm Charlotte Armstrong (teleplay), John Cheever (story) Phyllis Thaxter, Zachary Scott October 25, 1960 (1960-10-25)
Miss Dent (Thaxter) was secretary to married Mr. Blake (Scott), but was fired 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 she can move on.
6 "Pen Pal" John Brahm Hilary Murray (teleplay), Henry Slesar & Jay Folb (story) Katherine Squire, Clu Gulager November 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's been writing to Collins using her niece's name.
7 "Outlaw in Town" Herschel Daugherty Michael Fessier Ricardo Montalban, Constance Ford November 15, 1960 (1960-11-15)
Tony Lorca (Montalban) is an outlaw who arrives at a small town during a blizzard. The townsfolk learn that there's reward of $5000 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 to swindle people out of their money.
8 "O Youth and Beauty!" Norman Lloyd Halsted Welles (teleplay), John Cheever (story) Gary Merrill, Patricia Breslin November 22, 1960 (1960-11-22)
Cash Bentley (Merrill) is a former champion hurdler who's bitter that his glory days have passed. Despite his wife Louise (Breslin)'s protests and Cash's physical limitations, Cash keeps racing whenever he's 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.
9 "The Money" Alan Crosland, Jr. Henry Slesar Robert Loggia, Doris Dowling, Will Kuluva November 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.
10 "Sybilla" Ida Lupino Charlotte Armstrong (teleplay), Margaret Manners (story) Barbara Bel Geddes, Alexander Scourby December 6, 1960 (1960-12-06)
Horace Meade (Scourby)'s new wife Sybilla (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 ten years of marriage, Sybilla dies of natural causes. Horace learns that there was no contingency plan, and realizes that he loved her in the end.
11 "The Man with Two Faces" Stuart Rosenberg Henry Slesar Spring Byington, Steve Dunne, Bethel Leslie December 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's assured by policeman Lt. Meade (Dunne) that it's a coincidence, but she's later shocked when both her daughter and son-in-law are revealed to be wanted criminals.
12 "The Baby-Blue Expression" Arthur Hiller Helen Nielsen (teleplay), Mary Stolz (story) Sarah Marshall December 20, 1960 (1960-12-20)
Scatterbrained Mrs. Barrett (Marshall) conspires with her lover Philip to kill her husband James while he's 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.
13 "The Man Who Found the Money" Alan Crosland, Jr. Allan Gordon (teleplay), James E. Cronin (story) Arthur Hill December 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.
14 "The Changing Heart" Robert Florey Robert Bloch Nicholas Pryor, Anne Helm, Abraham Sofaer January 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.
15 "Summer Shade" Herschel Daugherty Nora H. Caplan (story), Harold Swanton (teleplay) Julie Adams, James Franciscus January 10, 1961 (1961-01-10)
Not long after Phyllis and Ben Kendall (Adams and Franciscus) move into the house they've bought from elderly Amelia Gastiell, their daughter Katie claims she's 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.
16 "A Crime for Mothers" Ida Lupino Henry Slesar Claire Trevor, Biff Elliot January 24, 1961 (1961-01-24)
Mrs. Meade (Trevor) wants to extort money from Jane and Ralph Birdwell, the couple that 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.
17 "The Last Escape" Paul Henreid Henry Slesar Keenan Wynn, Jan Sterling January 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's empty. Joe's agent privately arranged that Joe be buried somewhere secret as a final "escape", but due to the stunt Wanda goes insane.
18 "The Greatest Monster of Them All" Robert Stevens Robert Block (teleplay), Bryce Walton (story) William Redfield, Richard Hale, Sam Jaffe, Robert H. Harris February 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 it's a regular horror film, Morty has reworked it as a horror parody that embarrasses von Croft. In revenge, von Croft dresses as a vampire and kills Morty before committing suicide.
19 "The Landlady" Paul Henreid Robert Bloch (teleplay), Roald Dahl (story) Dean Stockwell, Patricia Collinge February 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 she likes.
20 "The Throwback" John Brahm Henry Slesar Scott Marlowe, Murray Matheson, Joyce Meadows February 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.
21 "The Kiss-Off" Alan Crosland, Jr. Talmage Powell (teleplay), John P. Foran (story) Rip Torn March 7, 1961 (1961-03-07)
Ernie Walters (Torn) is newly released from prison after serving 6 years for a crime he was only just proven to be innocent of. In order to get back at the detective and district attorney that convicted him, Ernie robs the tax office and leaves just enough "flaws" in his plan that the detective and DA suspect that he's the culprit, but are unable to pursue a case against him.
22 "The Horseplayer" Alfred Hitchcock Henry Slesar Claude Rains, Ed Gardner March 14, 1961 (1961-03-14)
The newest arrival at Father Amion (Rains)'s 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.
23 "Incident in a Small Jail" Norman Lloyd Henry Slesar John Fiedler, Richard Jaeckel, Ron Nicholas March 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.
24 "A Woman's Help" Arthur Hiller Henry Slesar Geraldine Fitzgerald, Scott McKay, Antoinette Bower March 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.
25 "Museum Piece" Paul Henreid Harold Swanton (teleplay), William C. Morrison (story) Larry Gates, Myron McCormick April 4, 1961 (1961-04-04)
Mr. Hollister (Gates) is curator of a small museum that displays trinkets and human remains. He's 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's revealed that the modern skeleton in the museum belongs to the district attorney who convicted Ben, and Clovis is investigating that murder.
26 "Coming, Mama" George Stevens, Jr. James P. Cavanagh (teleplay), Henriette McClelland (story) Eileen Heckart, Don DeFore April 11, 1961 (1961-04-11)
Lucy (Heckart) has waited on her malingering mother her whole life, to the point where she isn't 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.
27 "Deathmate" Alan Crosland, Jr. Bill S. Ballinger (teleplay), James Causey (story) Lee Philips, Gia Scala, Russell Collins April 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.
28 "Gratitude" Alan Crosland, Jr. William Fay (teleplay), Donne Byrne (story) Peter Falk, Paul Hartman April 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.
29 "The Pearl Necklace" Don Weis Peggy and Lou Shaw Hazel Court, Ernest Truex, Jack Cassidy May 2, 1961 (1961-05-02)
25-year-old Charlotte (Court) is proposed to by wealthy 65-year-old Howard Rutherford (Truex). 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 gets married to 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.
30 "You Can't Trust a Man" Paul Henreid Helen Nielsen Polly Bergen, Joe Maross May 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 7 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.
31 "The Gloating Place" Alan Crosland, Jr. Robert Bloch Susan Harrison, Henry Brandt May 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 makes 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.
32 "Self Defense" Paul Henreid John T. Kelley George Nader, Audrey Totter May 23, 1961 (1961-05-23)
Gerald Clark (Nader) is a former soldier with PTSD. When he's held at gunpoint by 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.
33 "A Secret Life" Don Weis Jerry Sohl (teleplay), Nicholas Monsarrat (story) Ronald Howard, Mary Murphy, Patricia Donahue May 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 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.
34 "Servant Problem" Alan Crosland, Jr. Henry Slesar Jo Van Fleet, John Emery June 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's 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.
35 "Coming Home" Alf Kjellin Henry Slesar Crahan Denton, Jeanette Nolan June 13, 1961 (1961-06-13)
Harry Beggs (Denton) leaves prison with over $1600 of backpay from twenty years 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 his money is stolen. Later Harry goes to his estranged wife Edith (Nolan)'s house for a reunion, and is dismayed to meet Angela there — she is his daughter.
36 "Final Arrangements" Gordon Hessler Robert Arthur (teleplay), Lawrence A. Page (story) Martin Balsam, Vivian Nathan, Slim Pickens June 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 isn't for her — instead, Leonard commits suicide.
37 "Make My Death Bed" Arthur Hiller Henry A. Cogge (teleplay), Babs H. Deal (story) Diana Van der Vlis, James Best June 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.
38 "Ambition" Paul Henreid Joel Murcott (teleplay), Charles Boeckman (story) Leslie Nielsen, Harold J. Stone July 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's going straight and will leave the business. However the next day a crucial witness is killed and Davis's only alibi is that he was with Cox at the time of the murder, but Cox refuses to acknowledge Davis.

Season 7 (1961–62)[edit]

First Aired # Title Stars Writer Director
10-Oct-61 01 "The Hatbox" Paul Ford
Billy Gray
Alan Crosland, Jr.
17-Oct-61 02 "Bang! You're Dead!" Bill Mumy James Allardice Alfred Hitchcock
24-Oct-61 03 "Maria" Nita Talbot
Norman Lloyd
John Wyndham (story Jizzle) Boris Sagal
31-Oct-61 04 "Cop for a Day" Walter Matthau Paul Henreid
7-Nov-61 05 "Keep Me Company" Anne Francis Alan Crosland, Jr.
14-Nov-61 06 "Beta Delta Gamma" Burt Brinckerhoff
Barbara Steele
Alan Crosland, Jr.
21-Nov-61 07 "You Can't Be a Little Girl All Your Life" Dick York Norman Lloyd
28-Nov-61 08 "The Old Pro" Richard Conte Paul Henreid
5-Dec-61 09 "I Spy" Kay Walsh
William Kendall
Norman Lloyd
12-Dec-61 10 "Services Rendered" Hugh Marlowe Paul Henreid
19-Dec-61 11 "The Right Kind of Medicine" Robert Redford
Joby Baker
Alan Crosland, Jr.
26-Dec-61 12 "A Jury of Her Peers" Ann Harding Robert Florey
2-Jan-62 13 "The Silk Petticoat" Michael Rennie
Antoinette Bower
John Newland
9-Jan-62 14 "Bad Actor" Robert Duvall
William Schallert
John Newland
16-Jan-62 15 "The Door Without a Key" Claude Rains
Bill Mumy
Herschel Daugherty
23-Jan-62 16 "The Case of M.J.H." Barbara Baxley
Robert Loggia
Alan Crosland, Jr.
30-Jan-62 17 "The Faith of Aaron Menefee" Andrew Prine
Olan Soule
Norman Lloyd
6-Feb-62 18 "The Woman Who Wanted to Live" Lola Albright
Charles Bronson
Alan Crosland, Jr.
13-Feb-62 19 "Strange Miracle" Eduardo Ciannelli
Míriam Colón
Norman Lloyd
20-Feb-62 20 "The Test" Brian Keith
Eduardo Ciannelli
Boris Sagal
27-Feb-62 21 "Burglar Proof" Robert Webber
Whit Bissell
John Newland
6-Mar-62 22 "The Big Score" Evans Evans Boris Sagal
13-Mar-62 23 "Profit-Sharing Plan" Henry Jones Bernard Girard
20-Mar-62 24 "Apex" Patricia Breslin
Mark Miller
Alan Crosland, Jr.
27-Mar-62 25 "The Last Remains" Ed Gardner
John Fiedler
Leonard Horn
3-Apr-62 26 "Ten O'Clock Tiger" Frankie Darro
Robert Keith
Bernard Girard
10-Apr-62 27 "Act of Faith" George Grizzard
Dennis King
Eric Ambler Bernard Girard
17-Apr-62 28 "The Kerry Blue" Carmen Mathews
Gene Evans
Paul Henreid
24-Apr-62 29 "The Matched Pearl" John Ireland
Ernest Truex
Bernard Girard
1-May-62 30 "What Frightened You, Fred?" Edward Asner
R.G. Armstrong
Jack Ritchie (short story) Paul Henreid
8-May-62 31 "Most Likely to Succeed" Joanna Moore
Howard Morris
Richard Whorf
15-May-62 32 "Victim Four" Peggy Ann Garner
John Lupton
Paul Henreid
22-May-62 33 "The Opportunity" Richard Long Robert Florey
29-May-62 34 "The Twelve Hour Caper" Dick York John Newland
5-Jun-62 35 "The Children of Alda Nuova" Jack Carson
Christopher Dark
Robert Florey
12-Jun-62 36 "First Class Honeymoon" Robert Webber
Jeremy Slate
Don Weis
19-Jun-62 37 "The Big Kick" Anne Helm
Wayne Rogers
Alan Crosland, Jr.
26-Jun-62 38 "Where Beauty Lies" Cloris Leachman
George Nader
Robert Florey
Unaired in
network run
39 "The Sorcerer's Apprentice" Brandon deWilde
Diana Dors
Robert Bloch (adapting his own short story) Joseph Lejtes

The Alfred Hitchcock Hour (1962–1965)[edit]

Alfred Hitchcock Presents (1985)[edit]

Pilot film (1985)[edit]

A 100-minute made-for-TV film was presented as the pilot for the series; it consisted of four episodes, all remakes of ones from the original series. This first aired on May 5, 1985 on NBC.

Title Stars Writer Director
"Incident in a Small Jail" Ned Beatty Joel Oliansky
Henry Slesar
Joel Oliansky
"Man from the South" Steven Bauer
John Huston
Melanie Griffith
Kim Novak
Tippi Hedren
William Fay
Steve De Jarnatt
Roald Dahl (story)
Steve De Jarnatt
"Bang! You're Dead!" Bianca Rose
Gail Youngs
Christopher Crowe
Harold Swanton
Randa Haines
"An Unlocked Window" Annette O'Toole
Bruce Davison
Fred Walton
James Bridges
Fred Walton

Season 1[edit]

First Aired # Title Stars Writer Director
29-Sep-85 1x02 "Revenge" David Clennon
Linda Purl
David Stenn R. E. Young
In a remake of the pilot of the original series' pilot, a man seeks revenge on his wife's attacker.
6-Oct-85 1x03 "Night Fever" Robert Carradine
Lisa Pelikan
Clark Howard
Jeff Kanew
Stephen Kronish
Jeff Kanew
A wounded cop-killer tries to manipulate a nurse into helping him escape.
20-Oct-85 1x04 "Wake Me When I'm Dead" Barbara Hershey Irving Elman (teleplay)
Buck Henry
Lawrence Treat (story)
Frank Pierson
A prosecutor resorts to hypnosis to prove a case.
27-Oct-85 1x05 "Final Escape" Season Hubley
George DiCenzo
Patrice Donnelly
Jerry Hardin
Davis Roberts (as Doc)
Tom Cannan (story)
Randall Hood (story)
Charles Grant Craig (teleplay)
Thomas Carter
An incarcerated killer seeks the help of a gravedigger.
3-Nov-85 1x06 "The Night Caller" Sandra Bernhard
Michael O'Keefe
Linda Fiorentino
John Byrum (teleplay)
Gabrielle Upton (story)
John Byrum
10-Nov-85 1x07 "Method Actor" Martin Sheen
Marilu Henner
Robby Benson
Parker Stevenson
Bill Kerby (teleplay)
Max Franklin (story)
Burt Reynolds
17-Nov-85 1x08 "The Human Interest Story" John Shea
James T. Callahan
Karen Harris (teleplay)
Fredric Brown (story)
Larry Gross
1-Dec-85 1x09 "Breakdown" Andy García
José Luis Cuevas
Sebastián Ligarde
Louis Pollock & Alfonse Ruggiero Richard Pearce
8-Dec-85 1x10 "Prisoners" Cristina Raines
Yaphet Kotto
John Byrum (teleplay)
S.R. Ross (story)
Christopher Crowe
An escaped convict breaks into a woman's house and makes himself at home; the two bond and become friends.
15-Dec-85 1x11 "Arthur, or the Gigolo" Brad Davis
Sandy Dennis
Arthur Williams (story)
Steve De Jarnatt (teleplay)
Thomas Carter
A small-time crook marries a wealthy spinster for her diamond collection; he soon angers his new bride's "children", her dozens of cats.
5-Jan-86 1x12 "The Gloating Place" Nicholas Hormann
Kristy Swanson (minor role)
Jim Beaver (uncredited)
Robert Bloch (story)
David Stenn (teleplay)
Christopher Leitch
12-Jan-86 1x13 "The Right Kind of Medicine" Jack Thibeau
Robert Prosky
Jerrold Freedman Henry Slesar (story)
Michael Braverman (teleplay)
19-Jan-86 1x14 "Beast in View" Robert Glass (based on the novel by Margaret Millar) Michael Toshiyuki Uno
16-Feb-86 1x15 "A Very Happy Ending" Joaquin Phoenix Tom Rickman Tom RIckman
2-Mar-86 1x16 "The Canary Sedan" Ian Abercrombie
Kathleen Quinlan
9-Mar-86 1x17 "Enough Rope for Two" Jeff Fahey
Timothy Daly
Darlanne Fluegel
Clark Howard (story)
David Chase (teleplay)
David Chase
16-Mar-86 1x18 "The Creeper" Karen Allen
Timothy Carhart
Lori Butler
23-Mar-86 1x19 "Happy Birthday" Lane Smith
Noel Conlon
Nana Visitor
6-Apr-86 1x20 "The Jar" Stephen Shellen
Griffin Dunne
Fiona Lewis
Ray Bradbury (story)
Michael McDowell (teleplay)
Tim Burton
13-Apr-86 1x21 "Deadly Honeymoon" Victoria Tennant
David Dukes
Nicolas Coster
Alan Fudge
Don Medford
4-May-86 1x22 "Four O'Clock" Richard Cox
Nicholas Pryor
Ellen Tobie
Steve Bello (teleplay)
Cornell Woolrich (story)
Andrew Mirisch
11-May-86 1x23 "Road Hog" Burt Young
Ronny Cox
Doug Savant
Lee Bryant

Season 2[edit]

First Aired # Title Stars Writer Director
24-Jan-87 2x01 "The Initiation" Marion Ross Rob Hedden
Jim Beaver
Robert Iscove
31-Jan-87 2x02 "Conversation Over a Corpse"
7-Feb-87 2x03 "Man on the Edge" Mark Hamill
Michael Ironside
Jim Beaver Robert Iscove
14-Feb-87 2x04 "If the Shoe Fits"
21-Feb-87 2x05 "The Mole"
28-Feb-87 2x06 "The Anniversary Gift" Pamela Sue Martin
7-Mar-87 2x07 "The Impatient Patient"
14-Mar-87 2x08 "When This Man Dies"
21-Mar-87 2x09 "The Specialty of the House" John Saxon
Jennifer Dale
Neil Munro
Stanley Ellin
(story)
28-Mar-87 2x10 "The Final Twist" Martin Landau Jim Beaver Atom Egoyan
4-Apr-87 2x11 "Tragedy Tonight"
11-Apr-87 2x12 "World's Oldest Motive"
18-Apr-87 2x13 "Deathmate" Samantha Eggar

Season 3[edit]

First Aired # Title Stars Writer Director
6-Feb-88 3x01 "VCR – Very Careful Rape" Melissa Sue Anderson
Laura Donovan
Michael Sloan Zale Dalen
13-Feb-88 3x02 "Animal Lovers" Susan Anton
Ron White
Robert DeLaurentis Sturla Gunnarsson
20-Feb-88 3x03 "Prism" Lindsay Wagner
Michael Sarrazin
Michael Sloan Allan King
27-Feb-88 3x04 "A Stolen Heart" William Katt Robert DeLaurentis Rene Bonniere
5-Mar-88 3x05 "Houdini on Channel 4" Nick Lewin Michael Sloan Timothy Bond
12-Mar-88 3x06 "Killer Takes All" Van Johnson
Art Bellasco
Michael Sloan
Robert DeLaurentis
Allan King
19-Mar-88 3x07 "Hippocritic Oath" Shaun Cassidy
Dale Thurston
Michael Colleary
Ray DeLaurentis
Vic Sarin
26-Mar-88 3x08 "Prosecutor" Parker Stevenson
Clark Taylor
Glenn Davis
William Laurin
David Gelfand
23-Apr-88 3x09 "If Looks Could Kill" Michelle Phillips
30-Apr-88 3x10 "You'll Die Laughing" Anthony Newley
7-May-88 3x11 "Murder Party" Leigh Taylor-Young
David McCallum
Colin Fox
Robert De Laurentis Allan King
14-May-88 3x12 "Twist" Stella Stevens Manny Coto
21-May-88 3x13 "User Deadly"
28-May-88 3x14 "Career Move" David Cassidy
18-June-88 3x15 "Full Disclosure"
25-June-88 3x16 "Kandinsky's Vault" Eli Wallach
2-July-88 3x17 "There Was a Little Girl..."
9-July-88 3x18 "Twisted Sisters" Mia Sara
16-July-88 3x19 "The 13th Floor"
30-July-88 3x20 "The Hunted: Part 1" Edward Woodward
6-Aug-88 3x21 "The Hunted: Part 2"

Season 4[edit]

First Aired # Title Stars Writer Director
8-Oct-88 4x01 "Fogbound" Kathleen Quinlan
15-Oct-88 4x02 "Pen Pal" Jean Simmons

Page Fletcher

Rene Bonniere
12-Nov-88 4x03 "Ancient Voices"
19-Nov-88 4x04 "Survival of the Fittest"
7-Jan-89 4x05 "The Big Spin" Erik Estrada
14-Jan-89 4x06 "Don't Sell Yourself Short"
21-Jan-89 4x07 "For Art's Sake"
28-Jan-89 4x08 "Murder in Mind" Melissa Sue Anderson
4-Feb-89 4x09 "Mirror Mirror"
11-Feb-89 4x10 "Skeleton in the Closet"
18-Feb-89 4x11 "In the Driver's Seat"
25-Feb-89 4x12 "Driving Under the Influence"
11-Mar-89 4x13 "In the Name of Science"
25-Mar-89 4x14 "Romance Machine"
15-Apr-89 4x15 "Diamonds Aren't Forever" George Lazenby
22-Apr-89 4x16 "My Dear Watson"
29-Apr-89 4x17 "Night Creatures"
8-July-89 4x18 "The Man Who Knew Too Little"
15-July-89 4x19 "Reunion"
22-July-89 4x20 "South by Southeast"
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  2. ^ "TV Guide's Top 100 Episodes". Rev/Views. Retrieved July 4, 2016. 
  3. ^ "Special Collector's Issue: 100 Greatest Episodes of All Time". TV Guide (June 28-July 4). 1997.