Alfred Hitchcock Presents

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Quotes (256)

  • In the scene in which Carl is first driving with his wife, the scenery behind them through the rear window shows a white VW parked alongside the curb, and certain storefronts through the front window. When the scene shows a lapse of time and then the two of them still driving, the exact same white VW is visible behind them and the same storefronts with the same names are seen again through the front window.

  • Elsa: You know, I may be a woman of hidden talents. Carl: And some not so hidden.

  • Carl: Practicing nine hours a day before the age of ten. It might make a great ballerina, I suppose, but I'm afraid it cut you off from the rest of the world, sweetheart.

  • (Opening Narration) Alfred Hitchcock: Good evening. I'm Alfred Hitchcock. And tonight, I'm presenting the first in a series of stories of suspense and mystery, called oddly enough, "Alfred Hitchcock Presents". I shall not act in these stories, but will only make appearances. Something in the nature of an accessory before and after the fact, to give the title to those of you who can't read and to tidy up afterwards for those who don't understand the endings. Tonight's play-let is really a sweet little story. It is called "Revenge". It will follow...(Alfred gets distracted and looks off camera.) Oh, dear. I see the actors won't be ready for another sixty seconds. However, thanks to our sponsor's remarkable foresight, we have a message that will fit in here nicely.

  • (Closing Narration) Alfred Hitchcock: Well, they were a pathetic couple. We had intended to call that one "Death of a Salesman". But there were protests from certain quarters. Naturally, Elsa's husband was caught, indicted, tried, convicted, sentenced, and paid his debts to society for taking the law into his own hands. You see, crime does not pay, not even on television. You must have a sponsor. Here is ours. After which, I'll return. (Fades to commercial) Alfred Hitchcock: That was beautifully put. In fact, after hearing that, there's nothing more I wish to add. So good night, until next week.

  • (Opening Narration) Alfred Hitchcock: Good evening. Have you ever had a premonition? A feeling that something dreadful was about to happen? I mention that, obviously, because tonight's play is about a young man named Kim Stanger. About his strange home coming and of the mystery he found when he arrived. Follow him, if you will, as he attempts to unravel this mystery, hindered at every step by his friends and haunted always by a vague sense of foreboding. This story is appropriately entitled "Premonition". I defy you to guess the nature of Kim Stanger's premonition, although we shall give you numerous clues in the prologue which we now present immediately.

  • (Closing Narration) Alfred Hitchcock: And as the cold New England sun slowly sinks behind the coroner's office, we take leave of mysterious, far-off Sheridan Falls, land of enchantment. And as the night breeze carries our little craft away from these beautiful wooded shores, we slowly turn our eyes back to the charms of television advertising and the lyrical chant of our sponsor's message, after which I'll float back. (Fades to commercial.) Alfred Hitchcock: I see it's time for our intermission. You may leave your seats if you wish and ah... have some light refreshment, chat with your friends, but please hurry back for our next play. That will be in just ah...(Looks at his wrists for a watch.) One week. Good night.

  • (Opening Narration) Alfred Hitchcock: (Puts a bullet in a revolver, spins the barrel, cocks it, pulls the trigger. Nothing happens. Spins the barrel, cocks the hammer, pulls the trigger, again nothing.) That's precisely why I don't care for Russian roulette. I never seem to win. There are two revolvers such as this, which play a part in tonight's story. It is what you might call a Western, although there isn't a horse to be seen. We intended to get horses, but they couldn't remember the lines. So you'll be seeing people instead. The cast is a very small one and threatens to become smaller with every passing moment. You see, two of the characters have threatened to eliminate each other on sight. Now, I am sure there are some of you who don't want to see them do that. So I suggest instead that you listen to our sponsor's message.

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Notes (49)

  • This was not originally meant to be the very first episode of "Alfred Hitchcock Presents" - Hitchcock's first plan was to begin the series with "Breakdown", starring Joseph Cotten. But he was so pleased with this segment, especially the performance of Vera Miles (whom he was trying to build into a big film star at the time), that he promoted it to series opener and rescheduled "Breakdown" to a couple of months later.

  • This episode was remade as the first regular Alfred Hitchcock Presents (1985) (the first four episodes originally appeared as a 2-hour movie), also titled Revenge, although in the remake the woman was raped.

  • This episode is based on the short story "Revenge" by Samuel Blas. This story was first published in Colliers (January 11, 1947).

  • Alfred Hitchcock is referring to his daughter Pat Hitchcock in the last line of the closing narration.

  • This episode is based on a tale related in Alexander Woollcott's While Rome Burns (1934).

  • This episode is based on the short story "Breakdown" by Louis Pollock. This story was first published in Colliers (June 7, 1947).

  • 1955 Emmy Winner: This episode garnered Edward W. Williams an emmy for Best Editing of a Television Film.

  • Anthony Armstrong's very imaginative story garnered many copy-cat stories over the years including two written by Rod Serling for the original Twilight Zone: Mirror Image (2/26/60) and Nervous Man in a Four Dollar Room (10/14/60). And, most famously perhaps, Harlan Ellison's novella "Shatterday" which was adapted as the first episode of the revised Twilight Zone on 9/27/85.

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Trivia (34)

  • Presumably because of when this show was made, Elsa never actually tells her husband that she was raped. It's just generally assumed when she says, "He killed me." This is possibly a reference to the Renaissance period, when people believed that during an orgasm, they lost some of their life force, or died a little. In french, the words "la petite mort" mean "the little death", and this is a popular slang term for an orgasm.

  • The house that was used for the exterior shot of the Stanger home is the same that was used as the Barkley house in the TV series The Big Valley.

  • When Kim sits down to play the piano, the music that is heard very obviously does not match his hand movements on the keyboard.

  • Maggie tells the two men that she's making scrambled eggs, but when she sets down the platters the eggs are sunny-side-up.

  • When Maggie grabs the handles of the coffee pot and the skillet, she doesn't use anything to protect her from their supposed scalding heat.

  • The positioning of the cat in Lizzy's arms changes dramatically from one shot to the next in the scene in which she shows the reporter the door.

  • 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.

  • This episode features Werner Klemperer (Klopka) and John Banner (The Train Conductor), who ten years later would reunite as Col. Klink and Sgt. Shultz on the comedy Hogan's Heroes.

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Allusions (6)

  • Doug: Hamlet, the ghost…
    Allusion: Doug is alluding to Shakespeare's play "Hamlet" in which a brother kills his father, and the father's ghost appears to the other son, seeking vengeance.

  • Hitchcock alludes to his own film The Lady Vanishes in his introduction.

  • Grand Guignol: Alluding to a theater known for putting on horror shows.

  • Charles: "All our yesterday have lighted fools the way to dusty death. Out, out, brief candle! Life's but a walking shadow, a poor player that struts and frets his hour upon the stage and then is heard no more."

    Charles is quoting Macbeth in Shakespeare's play of the same name.

  • Charlotte: Oh, who knows? Maybe I'll live to be a happy, female Methuselah.

    Charlotte is alluding to the oldest man in the Bible, Methuselah, who lived to be 969 years old.

  • Bart: (as water is dumped over his head) What is this, the Johnstown flood?

    Bart is alluding to the city of Johnstown, Pennsylvania which was flooded so badly in 1889 that it was wiped off the map. (Rebuilt, the city would be flooded again in 1977, a decade-and-a-half after this episode premiered).