The Alfred Hitchcock Hour: Season 1, Episode 15

The Thirty-First of February (4 Jan. 1963)

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An inquest rules a wife's death as accidental, but when the widower returns to work, it seems someone is tricking him, including a letter accusing him of murder and one of his wife's ... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview:
Andrew Anderson
Sgt. Cresse
Elizabeth Allen ...
Staats Cotsworth ...
William Sargent ...
Peter Granville
Charlie Lessing
Steve Gravers ...
The Psychiatrist
Stacy Harris ...
The D.A.
Bernadette Hale ...
Miss Wright
King Calder ...
Kathleen O'Malley ...
Valerie Anderson
Robert Carson ...
The Coroner


An inquest rules a wife's death as accidental, but when the widower returns to work, it seems someone is tricking him, including a letter accusing him of murder and one of his wife's letters appearing, revealing she had a lover. Increasingly the widower's own mind tricks him, rejecting logical explanations, instead angrily confronting his co-workers. Written by David Stevens

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David Wayne and William Conrad
28 February 2012 | by (Youngstown,Ohio) – See all my reviews

"The Thirty-First of February" had great potential, a battle of wills between Andy Anderson (David Wayne), a husband whose wife has just died in an accidental fall, and Sgt. Cresse (William Conrad), a somewhat unethical detective convinced he's guilty of murder. The coroner's inquest rules that Mrs. Anderson's death was an accident, falling down the cellar steps with a pack of matches by her side, because the basement lights were burned out. After a span of three weeks, Anderson returns to his regular job at an advertising agency, immediately finding trouble when his daily calendar is still set on the day his wife died, while receiving special messages revealing an affair his late wife was apparently having with a fellow employee. At first, Anderson accuses the boss, Mr. Vincent (Staats Cotsworth), then decides to focus on Charlie Lessing (Bob Crane), believing him to be angling for his job. All the while, Sgt. Cresse continually hounds Anderson, feeling he planted the matches next to his wife's body, but failing to acknowledge the widower's background, the victim of a nervous breakdown during WW2 due to battle fatigue. The conclusion is unsatisfying, and a subplot involving Anderson's affair with a co-worker (Elizabeth Allen) doesn't lead to anything.

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