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You Got to Have Luck 

During a massive manhunt for escaped convict Sam Cobbett, Cobbett invades a house where young housewife Mary Schaffner is home alone.


Robert Stevens


Eustace Cockrell (teleplay), Francis M. Cockrell (teleplay) (as Francis Cockrell) | 1 more credit »

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Episode complete credited cast:
Alfred Hitchcock ... Himself - Host
John Cassavetes ... Sam Cobbett
Marisa Pavan ... Mary Schaffner
Lamont Johnson Lamont Johnson ... David Schaffner
Ray Teal ... Warden Jacob
Vivi Janiss ... Maude
Hal K. Dawson Hal K. Dawson ... Secretary
Robert Patten ... Willis the Co-Pilot (as Bob Patten)
Steven Clark Steven Clark ... Pilot (as Steve Clark)
William Pullen William Pullen ... Prison Guard (as Bill Pullen)
Wendy Winkelman ... Suzie (as Wendy Winkleman)


A dangerous convict has escaped from the state penitentiary, and the alarm has gone out. The convict finds a house where a young wife is currently alone, waiting for her husband to return. He enters her kitchen, and threatens her with a knife. He listens to the radio to see how the search for him is coming, and then starts to give her orders. Written by Snow Leopard

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Release Date:

15 January 1956 (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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Remade as Alfred Hitchcock Presents: Prisoners (1985) See more »

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A good story with a clever twist, even with some odd character ambitions.
23 May 2019 | by b_kiteSee all my reviews

Sam Cobbett has just broken out of prison and enters the house of Mary Schaffner while her husband is away. Cobbett makes Mary cook for him, dismiss her neighbors when they come by, and pretends that everything is okay over the phone when her mother calls. Cobbett believes he can take his time, but he soon learns a shocking discovery that will ultimately be his undoing.

I gotta say its always a pleasure when you get to see really good performers in these episodes and here we get John Cassevetes who I always loved from "The Dirty Dozen". While he plays the role pretty good, I have to say I'm a little confused by the ambition of the character he's playing (much like fellow reviewer hitchcoc stated). Cassevettes sorta bumbles his was threw the episode making stupid decisions, taking to long, and ultimately coming off a little to nice. Of course this isn't Cassevettes fault, but, more of that of the writers. The best thing that saves it and helps me bump up its rating is the clever twist which I'll admit I actually forgot all about since my last viewing. Marisa Pavan does a good job as our lead actress as does the the supporting cast led by veteran actor Ray Teal who makes his second appearance in the series as a law authority figure.

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