Alfred Hitchcock Presents

Season 4 Episode 31

Your Witness

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Aired Sunday 9:30 PM May 17, 1959 on CBS

Episode Recap

Arnold Shawn is a sleazy defense attorney who is an artist at bending and manipulating the truth. He is defending a man involved in a hit-and-run homicide of an elderly woman. Arnold works with an equally shady private investigator who gives him personal information involving the key witness to the accident, a man by the name of Babcock.

Meanwhile, at home, things are not good between Arnold's wife Naomi and him. She finds out that he is cheating, and he coldly offers his reasoning for doing so, then promises her that he has ended the affair.

Naomi shows up in the courtroom after Arnold finishes badgering, insulting, and humiliating Babcock, the elderly witness. Arnold discredits Babcock for his one-time poor eyesight, corrected by cataract surgery and glasses. Without his glasses, Arnold argues, Babcock is blind. Naomi follows Arnold into the judge's chambers and serves him papers. Arnold angrily tells her that he is refusing her a divorce, and that she'd better get used to it. Shocked by his coldness and his disain for her, Naomi leaves the courthouse sickened. She then sees Babcock standing outside and offers his sympathies. Babcock proves his eyesight is fine when he reads off the fine print on a coin. Moments later, after Arnold comes outside and asks Naomi for a ride in the car, she runs over her husband as he stands idly reading a newspaper. The discredited Babcock is the only witness, and he tells the police with a twinkle in his eye that Naomi must be right in asserting that the homicide was unintentional.

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