Alfred Hitchcock Presents: Incident in a Small Jail (1961)

Sub-Genres - Anthology Series [TV]  |   Run Time - 30 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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While traveling through the tiny community of Bugletown, traveling salesman Leon Gorwald (John Fiedler) is arrested for jaywalking. A little later, Leon finds himself with a cellmate: a local mechanic (Richard Jaeckel) who is suspected of murdering a young girl. As a lynch mob gathers outside the jail, the desperate mechanic coldcocks Leon and changes clothes with him -- hoping that it will be Leon and not himself who is dragged outside and "strung up!" Graced with a deliciously nasty climactic twist, this episode earned an Emmy nomination for film editor Edward W. Williams. "Incident in a Small Jail" was remade as a segment of the pilot film for the Alfred Hitchcock Presents revival of 1985, with Ned Beatty as the hapless salesman.