Alfred Hitchcock Presents

Season 7 Episode 2

Bang, You're Dead

Aired Sunday 9:30 PM Oct 17, 1961 on CBS

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  • Young Jackie thinks his uncle's gun is a toy, but it isn't - and he will keep pointing it at people.


    The very last segment of this series to be directed by Hitchcock personally (he later did the first show in "The Alfred Hitchcock Hour") is a brilliant exercise in excruciating suspense, but it's more than that. How expertly, and how swiftly, Hitchcock really nails America's hideous and all-pervading gun culture! Machismo has even infected a five-year-old as he runs around playing "war" games with his friends and talking about killing someone. The world in which this incipient assassin operates is depicted sharply - the bland, anonymous supermarket-and-suburbia setting is just right for repressed violence, a place where grown men are dominated by their ghastly spoiled brats and where the most likely victim of Jackie's urge to kill is the underpaid and under-appreciated African-American maid. The untypical seriousness of Hitchcock's wrap-up remarks is highly appropriate.