The Alfred Hitchcock Hour: Season 1, Episode 14

The Tender Poisoner (20 Dec. 1962)

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

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Philip 'Barney' Bartel
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Peter Harding
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Beatrice Bartel
Phillip Reed ...
John O'Brien (as Philip Reed)
William Bramley ...
Lt. MacDonald
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The Detective
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The Policeman
Stan Jones ...
The Drug Clerk (as G. Stanley Jones)
Bettye Ackerman ...
Lorna Dickson
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An executive plans to end an associate's love affair and save the man's career and marriage.

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It is obvious, after Philip's car accident that his black Lincoln has been switched to another vehicle. The wheel covers are missing and the whitewall tires are now blackwall tires; never did a Lincoln in the '50s or '60s have blackwall tires. See more »

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An ever so slight miscalculation
20 November 2011 | by (brooklyn NY) – See all my reviews

***SPOILERS*** Big time businessman Phil "Barney" Bartell, Dan Dailey, has just about had it with his old bag of a wife Beatrice, Jan Sterling, and want's to trade her in for a new model. With Beatrice pushing 40 and starting to sag in all the right or wrong places Barney has been secretly making it with pretty 28 year old fashion designer Lorna Dickson, Bettye Ackerman, behind his wife's back. What Barney doesn't realize is that his old lady had just about had it with him and was having an affair with family friend Johnnny O'Brian, Phillip Reed, and is planning to dump him at the very first opportunity.

It's in all this confusion and whoring around that Barney's good friend Peter Harding, Howard Duff, pops in to offer both his help and advice. With Barney telling Peter to check out Lorna and keep her entertained while he's on a business trip in San Francisco he in fact falls for his best friend's secret lover Lorna and plans to screw Barney by stealing her from right under his nose. Peter in setting him up had given Barney the idea of knocking off his old lady when he was developing photos in his lab. Using the developer Altrapeine Peter tells an eager to learn, about film developing, Barney that if swallowed it can cause a person to go into convulsions and make it look like he or she died of a massive heart attack.

With that idea put into his head by Peter Barney gets a bottle of the stuff, Altrapeine, at the local pharmacy and plans to slip it into Beatrice's medication and finally get her out of his hair and life for good. Thus making it possible for him to finally marry Lorna! What Barney doesn't know is that his good friend Peter is setting him up to get caught in his wife's murder so that he, who's been getting it on with her while Barney's away, can have Lorna all too himself!

****SPOILERS**** Barney in fact got cold feet when it came to do in his old lady in finding out from Lorna that, by Peter telling her, Beatrice's suffering from heart troubles and him, Barney , leaving her would touch off a massive heart-attack on their, Barney & Lorna, part! The ending of this Alfred Hitchcock episode is a real lulu with Barney who after his entire plan to murder Betrice falls apart goes to plan B, after getting banged up in a car crash, which involves his own demise. But wait a moment Barney still has an ace up his sleeve in him getting even with his good friend Peter who in fact double-crossed him by trying to take Lorna away from him. And that ends up screwing and screwing real good Peter who naively went along, without knowing his part in it, with Barney's sinister plan!


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