Alfred Hitchcock Presents
Series 1, Episode 4


   Robert Stevenson
   Robert C. Dennis (teleplay)
    Sidney Blackmer, Virginia Gregg, Robert Emhardt
   23 October 1955
   24:59 (total) • --:-- (film) • -:-- (Hitchcock)
   7/10


Don't Come Back Alive
A middle-aged couple facing eviction and financial worries devise a scheme to defraud an insurance company out of a $25,000 policy which they can claim after seven years when the wife can legally be declared as deceased. The husband (Sidney Blackmer) sends his wife (Virginia Gregg) to Los Angeles to get her out of the way until after the long duration, but in her absence the insurance rep becomes increasingly suspicious and accuses the husband of her murder. Seven years later the husband is now able to claim the insurance despite the persecution of the insurance rep. All seems to be going to plan until the wife returns unexpectedly and demands a divorce due to her husband's apparent neglect of her.


TRIVIA
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SPOILERS
He kills her and buries her in the garden and for all intents and purpose looks to have got away with it until the insurance rep shows up and starts digging up the garden as a gesture of peace after all the years of hounding the husband. Ooops.



IN MY HUMBLE OPINION...
As the tension begins to rise the viewer can be forgiven for suspecting that the husband will finally get rid of the snooping insurance rep, or maybe the wife will get her revenge on the husband for neglecting her for so long. A good episode.
GEOFF THINKS...
This one is indeed excellent, and I didn't predict the outcome (but that's not saying much). Sidney Blackmer is one of those veteran performers - not quite a star, but a top character actor - who's always reliable. It's nice to see him get above-the-title billing. Hitch's comment at the end about these episodes being on film reminds us that they are in effect dramatic two-reelers, complete and compact little movies. Are all American insurance reps as relentless as Robert Emhardt ? There's a man who's good at his job. I noticed that the sponsor, Bristol-Myers, got an on-screen credit in this episode, so maybe the US print is the only one available. Great picture quality as always.

THE CAST
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Frank Partridge... SIDNEY BLACKMER
Mildred Partridge... VIRGINIA GREGG
Mr. Kettle... ROBERT EMHARDT
Lucy... IRENE TEDROW
Librarian... EDNA HOLLAND


GALLERY
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Acknowledgements:
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0508154/ [IMDb]

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