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Lamb to the Slaughter 

When Mary Maloney's police chief husband is found murdered, the police investigate and have a hard time trying to find the murder weapon.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Himself - Host
Lieutenant Jack Noonan
Mike - Policeman assistant
Robert C. Ross ...
Forensic doctor
William Keene ...
Fingerprint policeman
Thomas Wilde ...
Photographer policeman (as Thomas Wild)


Mary Maloney is a devoted wife and an exceptional housekeeper. One day, her husband, the police chief, announces that he wants a divorce because he has met another woman. Mary is quite angry and kills him with a blow from a frozen leg of lamb. She calls the police and provides an alibi for herself with the story that she'd been out to the store when the murder took place. The investigating officer, Lieutenant Noonan, is further frustrated when he cannot find the murder weapon. Knowing of the long and hard hours spent looking into the case, Mary invites Noonan and the other investigators for a bite to eat. They dig into Mary's leg of lamb and Noonan, still thinking about the missing murder weapon, says "For all we know, it might be right under our very noses." Written by Anonymous

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13 April 1958 (USA)  »

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(RCA Sound Recording)

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1.33 : 1
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In the following season's offering Alfred Hitchcock Presents: Cheap Is Cheap (1959), a hit man describes having seen this TV program, and thinks it was a good way to bump someone off. See more »


Himself - Host: Well, that's the way the old meatball bounces. As for Mary Malone, she would have gone scott-free if she hadn't tried to do in her second husband the same way. Unfortunately, he was the forgetful type and had forgotten to plug in the freezer. The meat was as soft as jelly. Speaking of plugs, that is precisely what our sponsor wants to do for his product, after which I'll wheel back.
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Referenced in Uit de wereld van Roald Dahl: Een frisse duik (1975) See more »

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Quintessential Hitchcock
6 July 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I recall having this episode described to me when I was quite young. It is probably the most famous of all the Alfred Hitchcock Presents stories. It involves another cad of a husband, a police officer, who comes home late and announces to his loving wife that he has had enough of her and is going to demand a divorce. He is a complete ass in doing this, showing no sympathy toward her, despite the fact that she adores him. She takes a leg of lamb out of the freezer in the garage, and when his back is turned, smashes in his skull. The remainder of the episode involves her covering up her crime as the police comb the house looking for the murder weapon. Before leaving the house to provide an alibi, she puts the lamb in the oven, frozen, and allows it to slow bake. Barbara Bel Geddes is excellent as the somewhat vacuous woman who holds in her emotions. At times it looks as if she will explode. She stays at the scene as the coroner and the crime scene guys work everything over. The last five minutes are really choice. Bel Geddes dominates every moment.

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