80s Anthologies: Episode By Episode – Alfred Hitchcock Presents “Bang, You’re Dead”

Whit and I get a lesson in gun control with Alfred Hitchcock Presents‘ “Bang, You’re Dead”. Listen, right click and download, or find us on Itunes or Stitcher.


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One Response to 80s Anthologies: Episode By Episode – Alfred Hitchcock Presents “Bang, You’re Dead”

  1. Dan says:

    Sorry for the late reply guys

    The major difference between the original and this remake is the closing narration by Hitch. The original squarely places the responsibility of preventing access to the gun in the adults lap. Here, the message is simply, “Guns are bad.” No comment is made about restricting access by locking it up and out of harms way. Once again, in typical 80s scapegoat fashion, no adult takes personal responsibility for allowing this scenario to happen in the first place.

    The Gun is not evil. Amanda is not the villain. Uncle Jack’s carelessness is the true evil.

    The extended version Doug references is different than the one I remember. In the extended run I saw:

    Billy looks at his cheap plastic gun and thinks about what Amanda had just done. Her toy was far superior to his cheap imitation. He throws his plastic gun down in disgust and marches off as they freeze frame on Jack retrieving the pistol from the ground. But instead of merely freezing, the scene dissolves to Billy entering his home, climbing the stairs, entering his parents room and opening his dad’s night stand drawer. He pulls out a wooden nondescript box and flips open the metal hinged clasp. As the lid opens, we see a plush velveteen lining with a 9 mm automatic resting inside its downy goodness. Billy takes the 2 clips and the gun from the box, loads the magazine, and cocks the gun before giving a knowing sideways glance to the camera.

    Come on parents – be responsible and lock up your guns.

    Keep having fun guys,


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