Trivia, Quotes, Notes and Allusions
Mr. X: If you knew me a little better, Mr. Crabtree, you would realize that I am almost totally devoid of a sense of humor. That's one of the penalties of devoting one's entire energies to accumulating a vast fortune.
(Opening narration) Alfred Hitchcock: (Reading the newspaper.) Good evening. How did you find me? I specifically asked for an unlisted channel. I'm taking the week off. I wanted a rest from television. If you're one of those critics who thinks that television is frightful, all I can say is you should see it from this side. I've been reading the want ads. A man has a right to look around for a better job. Hmm... "Wanted: host for television program." Sounds like a job for me. "Must be witty, charming, handsome." Why this is perfect. "Gracious, and must be willing to work every week. Apply: Alfred Hitchcock Presents.." I think I better scamper back to the old job. I don't want to miss the show. And don't you miss it, either.
(Closing narration) Alfred Hitchcock: A brilliant play. Sneaky, but brilliant. And now, please keep your eyes on this space for I shall return here next week to bring you another story. Good night.
Stanley Ellin's short story was first adapted for television (by Mary Orr & Reginald Denham) and presented on CBS's live anthology series, "SUSPENSE", on June 14, 1949.
In the opening credits of the episode, Lorne Greene's name is misspelled.