Alfred Hitchcock Presents

The Night the World Ended

Season 2, Ep 31, Aired 4/28/57
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  • Episode Description
  • A group of newspapermen plays a joke on a man who in return decides to play back.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Alfred Hitchcock

    Host

  • Fredric Brown

  • Bernard C. Schoenfeld

  • Joseph La Shelle

  • Martin Obzina

  • Fan Reviews (2)
  • Good show.

    By doug-o, Jul 26, 2006

  • It's true what they say about payback.

    By millerem99, Feb 23, 2010

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (3)

    • [Closing Narration] Alfred Hitchcock: Well, it couldn't have happened to a nicer fellow. Unfortunately, justice had to be meated out to Johnny Gin. However, that is all for this evening. I hope you will join us next time when we return with another story. (Turns to his high voltage switch) We also hope to have the bugs out of this little device.

    • Felicia: Do make yourself comfortable, Mr.-? Johnny: Johnny. Call me Johnny. Felicia: (bashfully) Oh, not on such short notice!

    • [Opening Narration] Alfred Hitchcock: (standing in front of a high voltage box) Good evening. I'm just completing a rather interesting device. I think it will amuse you. (Hitchcock turns to the box and throws the switch) Tonight we are presenting a story - (stops, as smoke comes out of the box and loud noises are heard) I shall explain. You see, this is arranged so that anyone touching the the channel selector to change programs gets a nasty shock. We rather hope it will improve the loyalty of our viewers. (More noises are heard) There goes another one. Twenty-five thousand volts...leaves 'em crisp as bacon. Unfortunately, it has one shortcoming - it also burns out the television tube, making it impossible for the bereaved to watch the rest of the show. But nothing is perfect and there is nothing like a good practical joke...at least that's what the psychiatrist in tonight's play thought.

    Notes (1)

    • This episode is based on the short story "The Night the World Ended" by Fredric Brown. This story was first published in Dime Mystery (January, 1945) and was later collected in Fredric Brown's Mostly Murder (1953).

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