Alfred Hitchcock Presents

Season 1 Episode 1


Aired Sunday 9:30 PM Oct 02, 1955 on CBS



  • Trivia

    • Presumably because of when this show was made, Elsa never actually tells her husband that she was raped. It's just generally assumed when she says, "He killed me." This is possibly a reference to the Renaissance period, when people believed that during an orgasm, they lost some of their life force, or died a little. In french, the words "la petite mort" mean "the little death", and this is a popular slang term for an orgasm.

  • Quotes

    • In the scene in which Carl is first driving with his wife, the scenery behind them through the rear window shows a white VW parked alongside the curb, and certain storefronts through the front window. When the scene shows a lapse of time and then the two of them still driving, the exact same white VW is visible behind them and the same storefronts with the same names are seen again through the front window.

    • Elsa: You know, I may be a woman of hidden talents.
      Carl: And some not so hidden.

    • Carl: Practicing nine hours a day before the age of ten. It might make a great ballerina, I suppose, but I'm afraid it cut you off from the rest of the world, sweetheart.

    • (Opening Narration)
      Alfred Hitchcock: Good evening. I'm Alfred Hitchcock. And tonight, I'm presenting the first in a series of stories of suspense and mystery, called oddly enough, "Alfred Hitchcock Presents". I shall not act in these stories, but will only make appearances. Something in the nature of an accessory before and after the fact, to give the title to those of you who can't read and to tidy up afterwards for those who don't understand the endings. Tonight's play-let is really a sweet little story. It is called "Revenge". It will follow...(Alfred gets distracted and looks off camera.) Oh, dear. I see the actors won't be ready for another sixty seconds. However, thanks to our sponsor's remarkable foresight, we have a message that will fit in here nicely.

    • (Closing Narration)
      Alfred Hitchcock: Well, they were a pathetic couple. We had intended to call that one "Death of a Salesman". But there were protests from certain quarters. Naturally, Elsa's husband was caught, indicted, tried, convicted, sentenced, and paid his debts to society for taking the law into his own hands. You see, crime does not pay, not even on television. You must have a sponsor. Here is ours. After which, I'll return. (Fades to commercial)
      Alfred Hitchcock: That was beautifully put. In fact, after hearing that, there's nothing more I wish to add. So good night, until next week.

  • Notes

    • This was not originally meant to be the very first episode of "Alfred Hitchcock Presents" - Hitchcock's first plan was to begin the series with "Breakdown", starring Joseph Cotten. But he was so pleased with this segment, especially the performance of Vera Miles (whom he was trying to build into a big film star at the time), that he promoted it to series opener and rescheduled "Breakdown" to a couple of months later.

    • This episode was remade as the first regular Alfred Hitchcock Presents (1985) (the first four episodes originally appeared as a 2-hour movie), also titled Revenge, although in the remake the woman was raped.

    • This episode is based on the short story "Revenge" by Samuel Blas. This story was first published in Colliers (January 11, 1947).

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