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Flight to the East 

A newsman taking a forced plane trip to Egypt, tells of his past World War 2 connection with arms trafficking, to a lovely governess who knows part of his story is untrue.


Arthur Hiller


Joel Murcott (teleplay), Bevil Charles (story)


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Episode complete credited cast:
Alfred Hitchcock ... Himself - Host
Gary Merrill ... Ted Franklin
Patricia Cutts Patricia Cutts ... Barbara Denim
Konstantin Shayne ... Abdul Ismael
Anthony George ... Sasha Ismael
Mel Welles ... Police Inspector Kafir
Harvey Stephens ... European Bureau Manager
Ralph Clanton Ralph Clanton ... Sir Robert Walton


A complex mystery, this Hitchcock mystery begins with an American reporter, his companion, and a young woman sitting together on a flight out of Nairobi. The reporter, Ted Franklin, tells his story of betrayal and the unjust execution of an Arab-French arms dealer who allegedly sparked a tribal uprising in Kenya. Franklin is convinced of the man's innocence, but as the story unfolds, it becomes clear that the woman has a very personal stake in the drama and that Franklin may not be what he claims to be. Written by Edie Nahoy

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Release Date:

23 March 1958 (USA) See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Shamley Productions See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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As the passengers are seen climbing the stairs to board the plane, they are on its left side. When the view switches to the interior of the plane, they are seen boarding from the right side. See more »

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3 July 2013 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

This is a nicely done episode, using the plot device of multiple stories of the same incident. Gary Merrill is a reporter who is on his way to his own trial for murder. He has killed the father of a man who he tried to get off his own murder rap. The tale takes place in an airplane as Merrill and an attractive young woman smoke cigarettes and tell their stories. Each has a different take on the events. Each of these is dramatized and is quite different. Suffice it to say, the script writer has something in store for us. I've always enjoyed this type of presentation. There have even been television series that employed the multiple story technique. Because of Merrill's intensity and smugness, I accepted him in this episode. The young woman is also believable.

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