The Alfred Hitchcock Hour: Season 2, Episode 12

Three Wives Too Many (3 Jan. 1964)

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One of a bigamist's 4 wives, takes it on her own to track down and kill the other three women.


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Episode cast overview:
Himself - Host
Marion Brown
Raymond Brown
Linda Lawson ...
Lucille Brown
Jean Hale ...
Bernice Brown
Steve Gravers ...
Lieutenant Storber (as Steven Gravers)
Robert Cornthwaite ...
Mr. Bleeker
Lew Brown ...
Detective Lanning
Dee J. Thompson ...
Duane Grey ...
Detective Millard
David Fresco ...


Raymond Brown has wives in Baltimore, Newark, Hartford, and Boston. His wealthiest wife is also the oldest, and she visits the other wives, killing each by lacing a drink with cyanide, so that Brown will be all hers. When Brown discovers her treachery, he threatens to tell the police, but she reminds him that he is a bigamist with a motive for the murders. Written by Lewis O. Amack

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3 January 1964 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Steve Gravers playing Lieutenant Storber must have influenced Peter Falk ("Just one more thing") as Columbo. In fact Steve would go on to play a police sergeant in the sixth episode of season one of Columbo titled 'Short Fuse' almost 8 years to the day later in 1972. See more »


When Raymond calls Marion from the pay phone, he tells the operator to place a collect call. When Marion answers the phone she immediately begins talking to him. The operator never told her it was a collect call and ask her if she wanted to accept it before connecting them. See more »


Himself - Host: Richard was not only guilty of simple bigamy. In his case, it was more like trigonometry. He is now in a well-known federal prison. You see, the law took the position that he must be punished... as though having four wives were not punishment enough.
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In the closing credits, David Fresco is listed as playing "The Bother in Law" See more »

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Teresa Wright and Dan Duryea
7 April 2012 | by (Youngstown,Ohio) – See all my reviews

"Three Wives Too Many" begins with a meeting between Marion Brown (Teresa Wright) of Baltimore, and Bernice Brown (Jean Hale) of Newark, New Jersey, the former revealing to the latter that they share the same husband, Raymond Brown (Dan Duryea), a traveling salesman. Marion convinces Bernice to join her in divorce proceedings against their bigamist spouse, then unexpectedly poisons the unsuspecting young woman before returning to Baltimore to rejoin Raymond. A day later, his next stop is Newark, where he is stunned by the news of Bernice's sudden death, ruled a suicide by the authorities. What he doesn't know is that the pattern will continue in Hartford, Connecticut, where a third wife, Lucille (Linda Lawson), also dies under identical circumstances. Marion turns out to be Raymond's most recent spouse, all wed to cover severe gambling debts, which quickly mount as each wife dies. Teresa Wright certainly enjoys being cast against type, with a brief appearance by Robert Cornthwaite.

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