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The Night the World Ended 

A newsman plays a joke on a homeless man by showing him a fake article that says the world is going end that night, but the prank has deadly results.

Director:

Justus Addiss

Writers:

Bernard C. Schoenfeld (teleplay), Fredric Brown (story)
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Alfred Hitchcock ... Self - Host
Russell Collins ... Johnny
Harold J. Stone ... Mr. Halloran
Edith Barrett ... Felicia Green
Robert Ross Robert Ross ... Ned
Bart Burns ... Nick the Bartender
Joseph Marr Joseph Marr ... Security Guard (as Joe Marr)
Ned Wever Ned Wever ... Joe
Clark Howat ... Jim, a Bar Patron
Robert Ellis ... Reporter
Henry Corden ... Boarder
Harry Shearer ... Street Kid
Billy Miller Billy Miller ... Street Kid
Charles Herbert ... Street Kid
Michael Ross ... Timothy (as Mike Ross)
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A newsman plays a joke on a homeless man by showing him a fake article that says the world is going end that night, but the prank has deadly results.

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 April 1957 (USA) See more »

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Shamley Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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What do you do if you don't have much time left?
27 October 2012 | by TBJCSKCNRRQTreviewsSee all my reviews

A group of guys are sitting in a bar(no, there's no joke there, they're not from different cultures or anything), drinking and joking. Suddenly, another one enters, his face white. He shows the others why: the early edition of the paper, with a headline warning that the world is coming to an end, tonight. What follows is a compelling psychological study of what happens to human behavior when we believe we'll die soon. Our lead is Johnny(Collins, with regrets and loneliness painted all over his face, without him looking pitiful to the point where we can't relate to him), as he tries to enjoy his last hours, and help others to do the same. This is paced well, at 25 minutes, keeping it moving along nicely throughout, no real slumps. The filming and foreshadowing are excellent, and with clear Hitchcockian inspiration. This is not so much "scary" as it is interesting and saddening - regular life, the less pretty side. There is good tension, built up well, and there are some great, sudden shocks. Acting is solid for all - heck, even the children are fairly natural(and notice the tall one, then look in the credits afterwards), even saying things like "gee whiz", "golly", and other things no one in real life has ever said in the history of the universe. Dialog is very natural. I recommend this to any fan of this type of thing. 8/10


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