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


(as Joseph Newman)


(short story), (teleplay)


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Episode cast overview:
Himself - Host
Marion Brown
Raymond Brown
Linda Lawson ...
Lucille Brown
Bernice Brown
Steve Gravers ...
Lieutenant Storber (as Steven Gravers)
Mr. Bleeker
Lew Brown ...
Detective Lanning
Dee J. Thompson ...
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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Did You Know?


Lew Brown who played Detective Lanning would be re-teamed with Steve Gravers who played Lieutenant Storber 8 years later in the 'Short Fuse' episode of Columbo. He would then once again play a detective in the 'Candidate for Crime' episode of Columbo in 1973. See more »


Mr. Brown arrives when the police are processing the crime scene and medical personnel are removing Mrs. Brown's body. When Mr. Brown goes for a drink, Lt. Storber informs him that she died from cyanide in the Scotch. Since they had apparently only just discovered the body, they wouldn't have had time to test the liquor for any poison, and the Scotch would have masked any odors. See more »


Alfred Hitchcock - 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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