The Alfred Hitchcock Hour

Season 2 Episode 18

Final Escape

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Aired Thursday 10:00 PM Feb 21, 1964 on CBS
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A detainee resolute to break out of a maximum-security penitentiary matches wits with his custodian.

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  • a habitual prison escapee concocts the perfect escape.

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    brilliant! this is the finest alfred hitchcock i've seen. great acting, screenplay, and directing. i have had sort of an obsession with all televeision/movies pertaining to prison. The episode ending kept me awake one night. not since the sixth sense have i seen an ending so hair raising. this is exaclty the sort of television i sought when browsing hulu. a mere 8.8 did this episode no justice. i rated it a 10.0. this ranks right up there with some of the twilight zones, outer limits, and night gallery for my favorite television show. alfred hitchcock is a master in my book. now i'm off to obtain some more material from this writer.moreless

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    • The episode's writer, John Resko, was a former inmate on Sing Sing prison's death row having been convicted of first degree murder in 1931 and was sentenced to death in the electric chair at the age of 19.

      He won a reprieve just 15 minutes before his scheduled electrocution and his death sentence eventually was commuted to life in prison by Governor Franklin Roosevelt.
      He spent 19 years in Sing Sing and Dannemora prisons during which time he studied art and learned how to write. He was released on Dec 22, 1949.

      Doubleday and Company published a book entitled Reprieve in 1956 that Resko wrote about his life story which was the basis of a movie entitled Convicts Four starring Ben Gazzara that was made in 1962.

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