Alfred Hitchcock Presents – “The Big Switch”

Alfred Hitchcock Presents Season 1 DVD

Original Air Date: January 8, 1956
Starring: Alfred Hitchcock, George Mathews
Directed by: Don Weis

Cat Out of the Bag Alert!  This review contains spoilers for this episode!

Synopsis: Chicago gangster Sam Dunleavy (George Mathews) looks for a fool-proof alibi as he plans to kill his unfaithful girlfriend.

Cat Burglar (Scene Stealer): In the opening scene we see a Siamese cat eyeing a canary in a cage.

Alfred Hitchcock Presents - The Big Switch - Siamese cat Schultz on back of chair

Alfred Hitchcock Presents - The Big Switch - Siamese cat Schultz meows on back of chair

Dunleavy enters the room and scolds the cat, whose name is Schultz, for planning to knock off Edgar the canary who is already in stir.

Alfred Hitchcock Presents - The Big Switch - Dunleavy George Matthews petting Siamese cat Schultz on back of chair

Alfred Hitchcock Presents - The Big Switch - Dunleavy George Matthews holding Siamese cat Schultz

Later Dunleavy retrieves a pistol named Suzy from underneath Edgar’s cage and assures the bird the gun isn’t going to hurt him. Dunleavy then assures Schultz the cat that Suzy isn’t going to hurt him, either.

Alfred Hitchcock Presents - The Big Switch - Dunleavy George Matthews gun and Siamese cat Schultz

Final Mewsings: This may be the first Siamese in history to be named Schultz!

Many thanks to Ted Davis for spotting this television cat for us!


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