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Night of the Execution 

A desperate deputy DA who gets a murder conviction against a man for killing his wife, is confronted by another man who claims he committed the crime.


Justus Addiss


Bernard C. Schoenfeld (teleplay), Henry Slesar (story "The Day of the Execution")


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Episode complete credited cast:
Alfred Hitchcock ... Self - Host
Pat Hingle ... Warren Selvy
Georgann Johnson ... Doreen Selvy
Russell Collins ... Ed Barnes
Harry Jackson Harry Jackson ... Hank Vance
Vinton Hayworth ... Sidney
Murray Julian Murray Julian ... (as Murry Julian)
Frank Marlowe ... Judge
Edward Schaaf Edward Schaaf ... Rodman
Ben McAtee Ben McAtee
Ed Spencer Ed Spencer
Alfred Tonkel Alfred Tonkel ... Undetermined Role


D.A. Warren Selvey learns that he's on bad political ground because of his low conviction rate. He decides to vigorously prosecute a man named Rodman. He wins the murder case and Rodman is sentenced to die. After the sentence, however, Selvey meets a man named Barnes who claims to have committed the crimes. Selvey is now being considered a candidate for Congress. Fearing the repercussions of having convicted an innocent man, Selvey frightens Barnes into silence. The night Rodman is to be executed, Barnes shows up and urges Selvey to call the governor. Written by Anonymous

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Release Date:

29 December 1957 (USA) See more »

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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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Featured in In the Master's Shadow: Hitchcock's Legacy (2008) See more »

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25 June 2013 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

Once again, an episode that strains reality a bit. There are several forces working here. There is the man of ethics who has a decent but not outstanding career. There is his boss who want more out of this talented man. There is the social climbing wife who wants to be the big time politician's partner. Then there is the guy who claims to have murdered the alleged victim of a man on death row. This puts the seed of doubt in the prosecutor's mind and he begins to wonder if he got the right man. I don't mean to be unkind, but I often think that the writer's of these episodes were writing for a simpleminded, unsophisticated audience. Even worse than they are today. The portrayal of the justice system was so poorly drawn. There was none of the negotiating or investigating. Criminals were always convicted so easily. The other downfall of this episode is the rashness of a successful man, so out of character. Oh, well, my mother would say. It's a Hitchcock ending.

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