Alfred Hitchcock Presents

Season 2 Episode 39

The Dangerous People

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Aired Sunday 9:30 PM Jun 23, 1957 on CBS
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Two travelers carefully watch each other, thinking that the other is a psycho escaped from jail.

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  • Strangers in a train station - do they have anything to fear more than fear itself?

    9.0
    Paranoia is at the core of this beautifully-handled episode. Essentially, it's a two-hander, a chance for a virtuoso double-act by lead actors Albert Salmi and Robert H. Harris. Each man knows that a killer is on the loose, someone who might be mistaken for an ordinary commuter. Salmi and Harris don't know each other, there's nobody else around and each man is a little... jumpy. Or is it nervousness? Might one of them be feigning a display of nerves to cover twitchy psycho signifiers? You won't have too much difficulty in working out where this segment is going, but getting there is very satisying.moreless
Albert Salmi

Albert Salmi

Jones

Guest Star

David Armstrong

David Armstrong

 

Guest Star

Ken Clark (II)

Ken Clark (II)

Policeman

Guest Star

Robert H. Harris

Robert H. Harris

Mr. Bellefontaine

Recurring Role

Harry Tyler

Harry Tyler

Train ticket agent

Recurring Role

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  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (3)

    • Crazed Mental Patient: (about returning to the institution, away from the two "psychos") I want to go back! It's safe there!

    • [Closing Narration]
      Alfred Hitchcock: (no longer blindfolded) That's all for this evening. Uh, I think we shall be back at another time for another story. Until then, good night. (camera focuses in on bullet holes in the wall around Hitchcock)

    • [Opening Narration]
      Alfred Hitchcock: (blindfolded) Good evening. You will excuse me if I speak rapidly, for I haven't much time. I am playing some idiotic children's game. I am supposed to stand against this wall, blindfolded, with my hands tied behind me. While I am standing here waiting for something to happen, you may watch tonight's drama, "The Dangerous People." I shall join you later.

  • NOTES (1)

    • This episode is based on the Fredric Brown short story "The Dangerous People" also known as "No Sanctuary". This story was first published in Dime Mystery (March, 1945) and was later collected in Fredric Brown's Mostly Murder (1953).

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