A married man finds his beautiful mistress murdered and flees without reporting it, only to become the victim of blackmail.



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Episode cast overview:
Alfred Hitchcock - Host
George Maxwell
Mavis Maxwell
Alva Hardwicke
Sam Kirby
Alice Backes ...
Martha Hinchley
Alice Frost ...
Eda Faye Hardwicke
Bill Walker ...
Pedro, the Bartender


George Maxwell takes a cab for a late-night meeting with his old girlfriend, showgirl Adele Beaumont, only to discover that she is dead. The next morning her murder is front-page news. The cab driver, Sam Kirby, remembers Maxwell, because he couldn't break a $20 bill. Kirby comes to his office, and makes a blackmail demand. He tells his wife Mavis about the threat, and she tells him to set up a meeting with Kirby at the house. When she offers Kirby a molasses cookie, she pulls a pistol from the plate, and kills Kirby. George and Mavis plant Kirby's body in a new rose tree bed. Then Mavis reveals that she killed Adele. Next morning in his office, his secretary, Ms. Hinchley, asks for a raise, and for more personal attention. She has a tape recording of Maxwell's conversation with Kirby, because Mavis' father, company president Alva Hardwicke, put a bug in the office. Maxwell immediately calls his wife, and tells her to prepare the garden for another bed of roses. Written by Lew Amack

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Release Date:

22 May 1964 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Both lead actors are "Star Trek" TOS alums: Torin Thatcher in "The Return of the Archons"; and, Kathie Browne in "Wink of an Eye." See more »


Sam Kirby: You know I've been thinking. I like Covington better than Slidell, for fishing. A little bit more expensive, though.
George Maxwell: I wouldn't get too carried away, If I were you.
Sam Kirby: Oh, a thousand will do, for a start.
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Delicious Hitch
30 September 2016 | by (Claremont,USA) – See all my reviews

First-rate Hitch. I love that early scene around breakfast. Husband George (O'Neal) sits silently by, enduring wife Mavis's (Browne) air-head blather as she flits around like a blonde butterfly. But George better keep quiet, because she's the boss's daughter entitling him to a big house, servants, and an executive position with the firm. Lovely empty-headed Mavis amounts to real tour-de- force by actress Browne. But who's that dead girl George finds in an apartment. Panicked, he leaves in a hurry along with obnoxious cab driver Kirby (Lindsey) Trouble is Kirby turns up later much to George's chagrin. So how will things sort out for the now besieged George.

Excellent screenplay that builds suspensefully to fill out the hour, without the pitfall of padding. Great character color, even George's dour deadpan that fits the character perfectly. And get a load of old hag Lulu who gives whole new meaning to 'barfly'. But maybe most of all is that really jarring got'cha, one of the best of the series. At the same time, the irony of the got'cha is unexpectedly delicious. Note too, how the episode's central relationship alters as more character is revealed. That's another good subtle feature. All in all, in my book, the hour's just below the series' very best.

(In passing—Mr. Amack's Storyline synopsis gives away much too much. Come on, IMDb, check these out before posting. After all, the episode depends a lot on surprises.)

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