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 »
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
This is one of those episodes that defined "Alfred Hitchcock Presents." Hitchcock could make murder humorous. In this, the Laurence Harvey character enjoys his monologue with the audience as he brags about murdering an insufferable young woman who has used him as a fallback from failed relationships. The delightful part is that this man is fixated on chickens and the raising of them. He speaks with glee about the making of his own feed, using a device that he has invented. He relishes visitors in the style of Poe's "The Tell-Tale Heart" and "The Black Cat." Hitchcock is in full tongue in cheek mode here, mugging and bragging his way into our hearts. This one is just plain fun.
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