Alfred Hitchcock Presents

The Big Switch

Season 1, Ep 15, Aired 1/8/56
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  • Episode Description
  • Sam, bent on homicide buys an alibi so he can kill his girlfriend.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Alfred Hitchcock

    Host

  • Don Weis

  • Richard Carr

  • Cornell Woolrich

  • George Mathews

    Sam Dunleavy

  • Fan Reviews (1)
  • A gunman pays a big price for the perfect alibi.

    By millerem99, Feb 03, 2009

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (3)

    • (Opening Narrative) Alfred Hitchcock: This is a mousetrap, as any fool can plainly see…that is, if he isn't a mouse. It's amazingly effective, too. I've been fiddling with it only a few minutes, and I've already caught three! (holds up three bandaged fingers) Cornell ____, the author of tonight's story, does not make mousetraps. Mr. Woolrich goes in for bigger game. He makes people traps – very good ones, too. This story concerns the perfect alibi. Actually one never knows when he will need an alibi. Recently, I read of an innocent man who found himself in serious difficulty, because although he claimed he had been watching a movie while the crime in question was being committed, his vagueness about details of the movie caused the police to become suspicious. Please do not allow this to happen to you. Watch and listen closely to the following commercial, which is furnished for your benefit. It will provide you with an airtight alibi as to your whereabouts during the next sixty seconds.

    • Al: Sam, you got a gun? Sam: You got a badge? Al: Just think twice before you use it. Sam: I always do. Once when I load it, and once when I fire it.

    • Alfred Hitchcock: Well as they say in San Quentin, that's the way the little pellet drops. Now, if only Dunleavy had killed Goldie, he could have accounted for his actions at the time of Barney's accidental death. But then, suppose the police started asking questions about Goldie. And now for some of those delightful words from our sponsor. After which, I'll be back. (Commercial comes on than back to Alfred Hitchcock) I'm afraid that's all the commercial we have time for this evening. But we shall be back next week with some more. And ah... Oh, incidentally, if there's time we also plan to tell you another story.

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