Alfred Hitchcock Presents

Season 4 Episode 22

The Right Price

Aired Sunday 9:30 PM Mar 08, 1959 on CBS

Episode Recap

Mort and Jocelyn Barnhardt are a constantly fighting married couple. One evening a burglar enters their home. Mort sneaks downstairs and is confronted by the intruder, who makes a startling proposal. He tells Mort that he will rob him and that he wants to split the insurance money acquired from the robbery. After discussing this possibility, both realize it won't work, as Mort has nothing of value around the house. Mort makes another offer as the intruder is about to leave. He wants him to kill his wife. They debate about the price and reach a compromise. In the meantime, a police officer who knows the couple stops by the place, checking in on Mort. After Mort tells him that the lights are on in the house due to a late-night business transaction, the burglar goes upstairs to kill Jocelyn. After a while, Mort wonders why the house is so quiet. He goes upstairs to investigate. As he bends over his wife's body, he himself is knocked over the head and then suffocated. Jocelyn opens her eyes, remarks about her cheapskate husband, and writes a check to the intruder for the price of $5,000 that had been refused from Mort.