Alfred Hitchcock Presents: Season 2, Episode 19

A Bottle of Wine (3 Feb. 1957)

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Judge Connors shares amontillado and civilized conversation with the young architect about to steal his wife. But the quality of his mercy is strained.

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The Judge and Wallace Donaldson sit in the former's drawing room, drink amontillado and have a painfully civilized conversation. What makes it painful, on both sides, is that young Mr. Donaldson is about to take away the old judge's young, beautiful wife. The tense meeting is not made more relaxing by the Judge's quotations from Aristotle and Plato. It's even less relaxing when the Judge takes out his pistol. Written by J. Spurlin

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Jarma Lewis (Grace) retired less than a year after this showing at the age of 26. See more »

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[first lines]
Judge: Oh, Grace.
Grace: Hello, Judge. I came to get my clothes.
Judge: So you're going. You're really going after all.
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Mind Games
19 February 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Good old handsome Robert Horton from "Wagon Train" plays the new love of a young woman who has tired of her again husband, a respected judge. The judge draws him into a trap to show his wife what a coward he is. The strength of this episode is the tension that builds on a hot day in August as the two men spar. The judge is in control the whole time as he maneuvers the clueless young fellow into his spider's web. Horton doesn't have any imagination. He is a pretty face and the newest of her paramours. The judge has justification since the two have acted on pure impulse. We know that while he is older, which can be a formula for disaster, the two have at no time paid him the respect he deserves. They are simply about to run and leave him. This is a nicely done little piece with good pacing and a believable plot. True to the Hitchcock TV formula.


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