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
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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Release Date:

3 January 1964 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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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 »


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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Murder with a Light Touch
21 August 2015 | by (Claremont,USA) – See all my reviews

Primo Hitchcock. The ending is somewhat overdone, but that can easily be forgiven. Seems Ray Brown (Duryea) is having trouble counting. He keeps confusing one with four. After all, the law allows one wife per husband, but Ray insists on four! Plus, he uses their money to gamble with. Still I can see why he keeps confusing the count since all four are real lookers. Now, if only he can keep them apart. Trouble is one of the harem (Wright) finds out about the others and is none too happy. Worse, her solution is pretty drastic, proving that she has no trouble counting even if hubby does.

Good to see two stellar performers from the 1940's together on TV. Wright is her usual sparkling persona, even if her southern drawl sort of comes and goes. Then too, her charm makes much of the planned mayhem ironical as heck. It's almost like watching Nancy Drew get sent to the Big House. Duryea, on the other hand, is cast against type, wandering around mostly in confusion as he treks from one lost wife to the next. He may be slippery toward women, but his character is none too masterful, (Check out his fearsome pimp in the unforgettable Scarlet Street {1945}). Still, watching Wright and Duryea in the same show proves a real treat. And that's along with a tight script and Hitch's trademark light touch. So don't miss it.

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