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The Tender Poisoner 

An executive plans to end an associate's love affair and save the man's career and marriage.


(as Leonard J. Horn)


(teleplay), (from the novel by)


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Episode cast overview:
Alfred Hitchcock - Host
Philip 'Barney' Bartel
Peter Harding
Beatrice Bartel
John O'Brien (as Philip Reed)
William Bramley ...
Lt. MacDonald
The Detective
The Policeman
Stan Jones ...
The Drug Clerk (as G. Stanley Jones)
Lorna Dickson


An executive plans to end an associate's love affair and save the man's career and marriage.

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20 December 1962 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Something For Her Heartburn
20 May 2015 | by (Chicago) – See all my reviews

Lackluster middle-aged businessman Barney, played by lackluster middle-aged actor Dan Daily, is tired of his oppressive wife, played by Jan Sterling, and has attracted an unlikely, pretty new girlfriend whom he insists on introducing to his best friend Peter, a handsome womanizer played by Howard Duff. Craving the prize for himself, Peter doesn't waste a beat moving in, manipulating and backstabbing his old friend in order to gain the girl. Meanwhile, Barney's wife is having an affair of her own with someone else, and everyone is pretty unlikable in his or her way. When the family dog of 15 years suddenly drops dead, nobody seems particularly upset. A tender poisoning, indeed. For no explicit reason it seems that Barney has decided to commit some of the titular poisonings, but in a clumsy and obvious way. Fortunately, his wife has gastro-intestinal problems and takes two heaping tablespoons of bicarbonate of soda every night, making things easy for any would-be poisoner. Lots of powders are spooned into lots of drinking glasses during this episode, and the surprise ending doesn't really make sense, even though you can see it coming.

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