In "The Long Wait," Burt Lancaster stars as a man with an elaborate plan for revenge on the woman who betrayed his brother.
As the episode opens, Dan is walking through Grand Central Station. He has just been released from prison, and the police are concerned that he may be looking for trouble. Lieutenant Len Bush stops Dan to warn him that revenge on Lois Williams, the woman who ratted out his brother, isn't worth it.
Dan ignores him. He is consumed with a desire for revenge! He intends to kill Lois that very afternoon, but when he meets her, he finds that she wants to die. Her life has been a misery since she betrayed his brother, and now, she has nothing to live for.
So, Dan changes his plan. He decides to give her everything she wants in life...and then take it away.
"The Long Wait" was written by Fred Freiberger, directed by Norman MacDonnell, and produced by William Spier. Burt Lancaster starred. Also appearing were Betty Lou Gerson, Wally Maher, Herb Butterfield, John Dehner, William Johnstone, Joseph Kearns, Sidney Miller, Lurene Tuttle, and Paul Frees. This episode aired on November 24, 1949.
This story was later adapted for television (by Fred Freiberger and Richard Carr) for an episode of Alfred Hitchcock Presents under the title of "Salvage ." (Episode 6, Season 1- November 6, 1955.) The complete episode is available below and at Hulu.com.
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