Alfred Hitchcock Presents

Season 3 Episode 13

Night of the Execution

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Aired Sunday 9:30 PM Dec 29, 1957 on CBS
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Night of the Execution
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A tramp confesses a crime he has committed. Unfortunately, the DA already has prosecuted another man for the same crime.

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  • Implausible

    5.0
    Despite terrific atmosphere and good acting, this episode wasn't very plausible. We are expected to believe that a DA (Warren Selvey) wouldn't check out the story of someone like Barnes (confessin' to someone else's capital crime). The date between the death sentence against Rodman (the actual convict) and the State carrying out the execution would be months apart (even in the 1950s). Certainly, Selvey would've had enough time to verify Barnes' (phoney) confession. Worse, Selvey's dad (also a lawyer) already knew of Barnes' reputation for confessin' to other people's crimes. How hard would it have been for Selvey to unglue Barnes. Also, the blow that Barnes accidentally suffered from the hand of Selvey simply wasn't hard enough to have possibly killed him (even though the character was a man in his 60s).moreless
Pat Hingle

Pat Hingle

Warren Selvey

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Georgann Johnson

Georgann Johnson

Doreen Selvey

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Harry Jackson

Harry Jackson

Vance

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Russell Collins

Russell Collins

Ed Barnes

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