Alfred Hitchcock Presents
Series 1, Episode 7


   Alfred Hitchcock
   Louis Pollock (teleplay & story); Francis Cockrell (teleplay)
   Joseph Cotten, Raymond Bailey
   13 November 1955
   24:48 (total) • --:-- (film) • -:-- (Hitchcock)
   8/10


Breakdown
New York businessman WIlliam Callew (Joseph Cotten) is driving along the highway when he is forced to take a detour and crashes into the back of a prison bus after being hit by a JCB. Conscious, yet paralysed and unable to communicate, he reasons with himself as to what happened through thought dialogue. Eventually, some escaped cons return to the car and relieve him of his clothing, thinking he is dead. As the day slowly turns to night, William is finally rescued by the cops and taken to the morgue and left until morning. As the coroner looks set to perform an autopsy, William manages to communicate with him at the very last moment.


TRIVIA
•This was the very first episode to be filmed.
HITCH'S PROLOGUE (-- secs):
TO BE ADDED...

HITCH'S EPILOGUE (-- secs):
TO BE ADDED...



SPOILERS
In a final moment of desperation, a tear rolls down William's face as the coroner looks on, which proves he is still alive.



IN MY HUMBLE OPINION...
Ingenious idea, one of the few episodes directed by Hitch himself. Despite the obvious continuity errors with the position of Joseph Cotten's mouth every time we see him, this episode is almost flawless. It's certainly one of the more memorable episodes of the series.
GEOFF THINKS...
Undoubtedly one of the best episodes I've seen so far (I've seen five ! ;-) ) But it's also really disturbing, playing on our fear of premature burial. Occasionally this sort of thing happens in real life. I'd intended to have an afternoon nap, but I'm not so sure if that's a good idea....

THE CAST
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William Callew... JOSEPH COTTEN
Ed Johnson... RAYMOND BAILEY
Hubka... FORREST STANLEY
Dr. Harner... HARRY SHANNON
Sheriff... LANE CHANDLER
Convict... JAMES EDWARDS
Chessy... MARVIN PRESS
Lloyd... MURRAY ALPER
Escaped convict... MIKE RAGAN
Guard... JIM WELDON
Ambulance driver... RICHARD NEWTON
Road worker... AARON SPELLING
Coroner... HARRY LANDERS
Black escaped convict...ELZIE EMANUEL
Coroner's assistant... RALPH PETERS


GALLERY
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Acknowledgements:
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0508134/ [IMDb]

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