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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(RCA Sound Recording)

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1.33 : 1
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[first lines]
Fitzhugh Oldham: Katherine. Katherine, look at this. Here, dear. Here. Come quick.
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Hume Cronyn Was Great!
30 October 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I saw Hume Cronyn on stage as Richard III in 1965. He was a masterful actor. He could play anything. In this he is an eccentric butterfly collector who lives with his sister. They are both nuts. They have decided to pull a con to collect fire insurance. He is so possessive of his hobby that he gets in the way. They lure a homeless man with the idea of substituting him for the Cronyn character. Because of the brother's instability we can sense things aren't going to go smoothly. Unfortunately, a ring the homeless man is wearing won't come off, plan B is implemented. This, of course, is going to throw the whole thing off. This episode is so far fetched but the acting is great. Where it fails is in the basic script. The plot just doesn't satisfy.

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