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Never Again 

After arguing with her boyfriend, Karen wakes up in a jail cell with no recollection of what transpired and is told that she committed murder.


Robert Stevens


Gwen Bagni (teleplay), Irwin Gielgud (teleplay) | 2 more credits »


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Episode complete credited cast:
Alfred Hitchcock ... Himself - Host
Phyllis Thaxter ... Karen Stewart
Louise Allbritton ... Renee Marlow (as Louise Albritton)
Warren Stevens ... Jeff Simmons
Jack Mullaney ... Mr. Marlow
Joan Banks Joan Banks ... Margaret
Mason Curry Mason Curry ... Mr. Sterling
Karine Nordman Karine Nordman ... Tipsy Woman
Marion Gray Marion Gray ... Party Goer
Jack Mulhall ... Bar Patron
Carol Veazie ... Nurse
Jack Ramstead Jack Ramstead ... Bartender


Karen wakes up in an unfamiliar bed, with a hangover that's even worse than usual. She knows that by getting drunk again she has once more broken her promise to her boyfriend Jeff. Then she realizes that her hand is bandaged and badly injured, and she struggles to remember what happened the night before. She had gone to a party with Jeff, but she felt uncomfortable and lonely, and had started to drink. She tries to piece together the rest of the night, but all she can remember is being angry and drunk. Written by Snow Leopard

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Release Date:

22 April 1956 (USA) See more »

Company Credits

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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One of the few times in which the serious subject matter (in this case, alcoholism) prompted host Alfred Hitchcock to deliver a straightforward closing monologue, rather than his usual humorous quips. See more »


[first lines]
Himself - Host: Oh, oh. Good evening. Thank you for waiting. I was, uh, tied up in a story conference. The writers seem to have escaped... with the secretary, too. I wonder if they left the story behind. Oh yes, here it is. It's called "Never Again." May I show it to you?
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A Sad Story!
20 October 2008 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

This is a bit different for this series. It's the story of a neurotic woman who is an alcoholic. It begins as she lies in a hospital bed, trying to put the pieces together of an evening she can't really remember. She has been injured with cuts and just can't remember. We are taken in flashback to the events of the previous days and that evening. She is consumed with jealousy and self doubt and makes life miserable for all around her. Obviously, Hitchcock is going to put a zinger at the end, but this is more "Lost Weekend" or "Days of Wine and Roses" than the usual ironic fare that was this TV show. It is pretty penetrating. At this time, most didn't know what an alcoholic was. Most thought they were those men hanging from lamp poles singing Sweet Adeline. This is really quite well done and quite tragic.

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