The Alfred Hitchcock Hour: Season 2, Episode 25

The Ordeal of Mrs. Snow (14 Apr. 1964)

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A elderly woman is locked in an air tight safe, with one of her cats, by her niece's fiancée when she discovers he is a forger.



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Bruce Richmond marries Lorna, niece of wealthy Adelaide Snow. Lorna must wait another year for her inheritance, so Bruce forges several checks from Adelaide's account to cover his gambling debts. When Adelaide finds out, Bruce locks her in her home's walk-in safe (which has a limited air supply), and tells Lorna that her aunt went to Connecticut to visit a friend for the weekend. Lorna accepts his explanation, but wonders who is taking care of Adelaide's cats. Written by Lewis O. Amack

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Bruce gets the idea to forge Adelaide's checks when she is writing one to pay a bill and asks him to mail it for her. The check number is 252 and the date is Feb 25, 1964. Later, when she's looking at the forged checks from her bank, one of them is number 250 with the date Aug 28 of the same year. For this to work out logically, the forged check should have had a number higher than 252, not lower. See more »

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Patricia Collinge and Jessica Walter
25 April 2012 | by (Youngstown,Ohio) – See all my reviews

"The Ordeal of Mrs. Snow" is one of the better shows from the second season, featuring veteran stage actress Patricia Collinge, whose most memorable role was as young Charlie's mother in Hitchcock's favorite film, "Shadow of a Doubt." She portrays wealthy Adelaide Snow, who allows her young niece Lorna (Jessica Walter) and her husband of three months, Bruce Richmond (Don Chastain), to live in her expansive home, along with a multitude of cats. Adelaide is a widow who wants to do right by Lorna, and gets Bruce a job after bailing him out of a gambling debt her niece remains unaware of. Problems arise when Bruce gets caught by her aunt forging checks to cover further losses at the track, not wanting his loving wife to learn about his indiscretions. Adelaide turns her back on the unscrupulous Bruce, only to be suddenly locked in her own private vault, with no hope of escape, as everyone else has gone away for the weekend, including Bruce, who immediately leaves to join the already departed Lorna. Things look bleak for Adelaide, as her oxygen is running out, and only her beloved cat to keep her company. The fitting climax evokes memories of a certain Poe story, supported by an excellent cast, including George Macready, Anna Lee, and June Vincent. Patricia Collinge had only two dozen screen and television credits, of which this was followed only by a 1967 episode of N.Y.P.D. (she died in 1974). The always stunning Jessica Walter was only 23, and making just her sixth television appearance, still seven years away from her most famous role in 1971's "Play Misty for Me," opposite Clint Eastwood.

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