Alfred Hitchcock Presents: Season 5, Episode 1

Arthur (27 Sep. 1959)

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When his fiancée Helen leaves chicken farmer Arthur for another man, he accepts her decision by conveniently enjoying the life of a bachelor. A year passes and Helen pays him a return visit... See full summary »

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When his fiancée Helen leaves chicken farmer Arthur for another man, he accepts her decision by conveniently enjoying the life of a bachelor. A year passes and Helen pays him a return visit, asking for forgiveness. It seems her love interest didn't work out and she wants to rekindle an old flame, against Arthur's wish to remain a bachelor. Accostomed to strangling chickens for a living, Arthur angrily applies the same method to Helen, then hides her body. The police suspect him of murder, but can do nothing for lack of evidence. Written by alfiehitchie

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Laurence Harvey and Patrick Macnee
29 July 2014 | by See all my reviews

Laurence Harvey plays a despicable character who speaks into camera and murders Helen Braithwaite just like he strangles chickens. If it wasn't for Patrick Macnee's appearance in this episode I would have switched off. Here we see Macnee before he went on to appear in 'The Avengers'. It shows how Brits do well in America, sometimes before they do well in Britain. Another addition to this episode is Robert Douglas from 'Ivanhoe' and 'The Prisoner of Zenda'. Both Macnee and Douglas draw attention away from Harvey's character and make this episode tolerable. It is a lesson in scriptwriting that if you're going to have a despicable character as a lead you need to surround them with either engaging characters, or good actors that we know and trust.


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