Alfred Hitchcock Presents: Season 6, Episode 24

A Woman's Help (28 Mar. 1961)

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Arnold Burton hires a very attractive nurse, Miss Greco, to care for his bedridden and demanding wife, Elizabeth. Over a period of months, Arnold and Miss Greco fall in love and concoct a ... See full summary »

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Elizabeth Burton
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Arnold Burton hires a very attractive nurse, Miss Greco, to care for his bedridden and demanding wife, Elizabeth. Over a period of months, Arnold and Miss Greco fall in love and concoct a scheme to slowly poison Elizabeth. She catches them kissing one evening and demands that Miss Greco leave. Realizing that his wife controls all of the money, he reluctantly agrees. Arnold then arranges for his wife to interview three candidates to replaces the now departed nurse and she takes great delight in hiring the eldest, a grandmotherly type. Little does she know that she is the one who is in for the surprise. Written by garykmcd

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Not A Marriage Made in Heaven
14 May 2010 | by (Claremont,USA) – See all my reviews

A delicious episode of competing intrigues. Mrs. Burton (Fitzgerald) is a petty-tyrant invalid with money who keeps her fecklessly handsome husband (McKay) on a short leash. Into this unhappy household arrives nubile nurse Greco (Bower) as full-time help for the demanding wife. Unsurprisingly, hubby wants a share of nurse's ministrations too, but Greco wants a wedding ring first, while hubby refuses to divorce his wealthy wife. It's a classic set-up for the intrigues that follow.

Fine, clever script (Slesar) with a darkly amusing upshot. McKay delivers an effectively shaded turn as the gigolo husband; ditto Fitzgerald as the domineering wife. Together, their maneuvering provides a real lift to familiar material. Note how initially we're led to identify with the put-upon husband, that is, until his own devious nature emerges. After that, we can better understand the wife's sardonic attitude. In fact, this is an episode without a sympathetic character to identify with. So that ending may be emotionally satisfying, but it's still worth pondering whether poetic justice is served. Anyway, this half-hour shows how the series could breathe life into even the tritest of plots.


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