Alfred Hitchcock Presents

Season 2 Episode 31

The Night the World Ended

Aired Sunday 9:30 PM Apr 28, 1957 on CBS
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The Night the World Ended
A group of newspapermen plays a joke on a man who in return decides to play back.

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  • Good show.

    You have to see this series. And this is one of the good ones to watch.

    This episode has an ironic ending.

    This is one of the reasons why I like to watch ALFRED HITCHCOCK PRESENTS.

    It's too bad the show isn't on a leading TV network anymore, now that the so-called "classic" TV LAND network decided to ditch most of the "oldies" and play mostly a crappy blend of 70s and 80s TV shows.

    Bring back the good times, TV LAND!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!moreless
  • It's true what they say about payback.

    Russell Collins comes to the screen in the role of a simple, harmless drunk named Johnny, who becomes the butt of a laugh for a cruel practical jokester by the name of Halloran (Harold J. Stone). In a bar, Halloran sets up Johnny to believe that the world is coming to an end that night and gets the laugh of his life when the old man leaves the pub terrified. Johnny, however, doesn't find the joke funny at all, especially when it yields deadly results.

    This is Hitchcock at his finest, with characters so real they couldn't have been made up, a plot that heightens our suspense with each passing minute, and the twist at the end leaving us eager for "another story."moreless
Edith Barrett

Edith Barrett

Felicia Green

Guest Star

Clark Howat

Clark Howat


Guest Star

Robert Ellis

Robert Ellis


Guest Star

Russell Collins

Russell Collins


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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (3)

    • [Closing Narration]
      Alfred Hitchcock: Well, it couldn't have happened to a nicer fellow. Unfortunately, justice had to be meated out to Johnny Gin. However, that is all for this evening. I hope you will join us next time when we return with another story. (Turns to his high voltage switch) We also hope to have the bugs out of this little device.

    • Felicia: Do make yourself comfortable, Mr.-?
      Johnny: Johnny. Call me Johnny.
      Felicia: (bashfully) Oh, not on such short notice!

    • [Opening Narration]
      Alfred Hitchcock: (standing in front of a high voltage box) Good evening. I'm just completing a rather interesting device. I think it will amuse you. (Hitchcock turns to the box and throws the switch) Tonight we are presenting a story - (stops, as smoke comes out of the box and loud noises are heard) I shall explain. You see, this is arranged so that anyone touching the the channel selector to change programs gets a nasty shock. We rather hope it will improve the loyalty of our viewers. (More noises are heard) There goes another one. Twenty-five thousand volts...leaves 'em crisp as bacon. Unfortunately, it has one shortcoming - it also burns out the television tube, making it impossible for the bereaved to watch the rest of the show. But nothing is perfect and there is nothing like a good practical least that's what the psychiatrist in tonight's play thought.

  • NOTES (1)

    • This episode is based on the short story "The Night the World Ended" by Fredric Brown. This story was first published in Dime Mystery (January, 1945) and was later collected in Fredric Brown's Mostly Murder (1953).


    • The "Palomar" mentioned in this episode refers to the Palomar Observatory, an astronomical observatory located in San Diego County, California, United States, 90 miles southeast of Los Angeles, California, in the Palomar Mountain Range. It is owned and operated by the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) located in Pasadena, California.

      The observatory operates several telescopes, including the famous 200-inch (5.1 m) Hale Telescope and the 48-inch (1.2 m) Samuel Oschin Telescope. In addition, other instruments and projects have been hosted at the observatory, such as the Palomar Testbed Interferometer and the historic 18-inch Schmidt telescope, Palomar Observatory's first telescope, dating from 1936.