Alfred Hitchcock Presents: Season 2, Episode 4

Kill with Kindness (21 Oct. 1956)

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Katherine Oldham feeds stew to a homeless man as she struggles to keep the mind of her brother, Fitzhugh--a butterfly hunter and birdwatcher--on the task of murder.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Himself - Host
Fitzhugh Oldham
Katherine Oldham
Mr. Jorgy
Margie Liszt ...
Mike Ragan ...
The Fireman


Katherine Oldham sees a homeless man in the park, feeding the pigeons. He looks perfect. Her brother, Fitzhugh, his mind either on a bird or his butterfly collection, absent-mindedly agrees. She brings the old man inside and feeds him some stew. The man dimly suspects something is wrong when the eccentric brother blurts out something about killing and substitutes and insurance. But his benefactors seem so nice. And they even give him a new suit of clothes--Fitzhugh's clothes. And they let him spend the night. He may have spent his last night on a park bench--or anywhere else. Written by J. Spurlin

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21 October 1956 (USA)  »

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[first lines]
Fitzhugh Oldham: Katherine. Katherine, look at this. Here, dear. Here. Come quick.
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Birds and Butterflies
7 July 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

We can tell by his hair that Hume Cronyn is playing an eccentric (and Hitch's intro suggests there's a fire involved).

Cronyn's Fitzhugh is soft spoken and into birds and butterflies, but his sister (with whom he lives) has a more serious interest. She kindly brings an old drifter to their home and feeds him, but the conversation suggests something else is afoot. Perhaps a bit too obviously so ("we're impoverished, nothing left but this house and our insurance policy").

The setup is fun and there's definitely a comic tone to this one, but the ending falls completely flat for me.

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