Alfred Hitchcock Presents

Shopping for Death

Season 1, Ep 18, Aired 1/29/56
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  • Episode Description
  • Two former insurance salesmen try to use their knowledge of accident statistics to save the accident prone and others in danger of dying.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Alfred Hitchcock

    Host

  • Ray Bradbury

  • Robert Stevens

  • Robert H. Harris

    Mr. Foxe

  • Jo Van Fleet

    Mrs. Shrike

  • Fan Reviews (1)
  • When it's unendurably hot - but not quite hot enough to be exhausting - do people become murderous?

    By orswel, Jul 27, 2009

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (4)

    • Clarence: Do you see how much she needs our help? Albert : She certainly does. But let's get away. She's a destroyer, she is! Clarence: No, Albert. Not a destroyer. She wants to be destroyed, begs to be murdered. If we don't help her, her name will make the obituaries.

    • Clarence: More murders are committed at 92 degrees Fahrenheit than any other temperature!

    • Alfred Hitchcock: (Oils a quiet door hinge with something that makes the door creak) There, that's better. Much better. The least we can do is to provide the proper atmosphere. This is truly an extraordinary item. Loud, squeaking fluid. It is also excellent at making old shutters bang. And on dark nights one can spray it in the air in case the wind isn't whistling loud enough. It's very practical, too. It can make old shoes squeak like new again. Now that we have established our mood, I should like to tell you that tonight's story is by Ray Bradbury and is known by the provocative title of "Shopping For Death".

    • Alfred Hitchcock: You needn't sit there staring. We're not going to show you anymore. In fact, I'm not even going to tell you what happened. Television audiences are becoming entirely too dependent. You expect us to do everything for you. This oil is terribly difficult to get rid of. Next week at this same time, I hope to see you again. Good night.

    Notes (2)

    • The story on which this episode is based was also adapted for an episode, "Touched with Fire," of The Ray Bradbury Theater.

    • This episode is based on the short story "Touched by Fire" by Ray Bradbury. This story (as "Shopping for Death") was first published in Maclean's (June 1, 1954.)

    Trivia (1)

    • When the two salesmen are standing outside the butcher shop talking, you can see their breath in the air -- even though supposedly it's pushing 90 degrees and humid.

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