Alfred Hitchcock Presents

Season 1 Episode 4

Don't Come Back Alive

Aired Sunday 9:30 PM Oct 23, 1955 on CBS

Episode Recap

Frank and his wife Mildred are in need of cash as they are approaching their retirement. Frank thinks up a scheme where his wife will disappear for seven years. He will have her declared legally dead and they will then collect her insurance money. Mildred is reluctant to defraud the insurance company but she goes along with it for her husband's sake.

They set their plan in motion. A detective, thinking that Mildred had been killed, promises to find the body and send Frank to jail. He pursues Frank relentlessly for seven years. Finally, two days before the seven years time limit is up, Mildred reappears.

She is a much-changed woman. She has gotten a job and has made a new life for herself apart from Frank. She does not want to be with Frank anymore, she admits the years apart have put a strain on their marriage. She then says she is going to come back and claim amnesia and get a divorce from Frank.

She has even saved up money so she can pay Frank and be free from their fraud scam. Frank is annoyed, the little that Mildred has saved up isn't enough compared to the life insurance money. Frank becomes enraged and kills her. The detective finds her body. After seven years, he is finally able to charge Frank with murder.