One of the most talked about episodes of the entire series. Little Billy Mumy loves playing shoot-em-up with his little cowboy friends. Presumably it's all good clean fun. But then he swipes a real hand-gun from an uncle just returned from dangerous Africa. Trouble is that Mumy thinks the real thing is a toy and problems mount as he loads first one real bullet and then more before going into the neighborhood looking for likely targets.
Hitchcock himself directed as the suspense mounts. When will the impish Mumy pull the trigger for real and who will be on the receiving end. It's a genuine nerve-wracking 20 minutes. Mumy is well cast as the little hellion. (Can't help but note presence of Biff Elliot as the father, long after his one shot at stardom as Mike Hammer in "I, the Jury" fizzled on the big screen.) There's an amusing little vignette as suffering daddy Olan Soule tries to bribe Mumy into letting his annoying little daughter ride the mechanical horsey. Hitchcock's penchant for dark humor is all over that brief sequence. This is one of the few "message" entries of the series, carrying a clear lesson about kids near guns. In fact, Hitch replaces his usual whimsical epilogue with an expressly cautionary message to adults. That aside, a six year-old on the loose with a real gun makes for a very suspenseful and unusual half-hour