Alfred Hitchcock Presents: Season 3, Episode 28

Lamb to the Slaughter (13 Apr. 1958)

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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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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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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 »

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Version of Tales of the Unexpected: Lamb to the Slaughter (1979) See more »

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Bel Geddes Has The Last Laugh!
1 March 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is one of the most famous episodes in the history of this long-running series. I am glad it is because one of my favorite actresses, Barbara Bel Geddes, was the star of this particular story.

She plays a sweet wife, something she was good at doing with her soft voice and pleasant face. (See "Caught," with Robert Ryan.) Her husband comes home from work and is strangely silent. Mary (Bel Geddes) couldn't be nicer to the crabby hubby and finally he speaks up, saying coldly that we wants a divorce because he loves another woman. Although devastated, Mary exacts revenge pretty quickly by slugging the brute in the back of the head with a big club of frozen lamb as he is about to leave the house. It kills him.

The rest of the show, which comprises the bulk of it, is the police investigation headed by Lt. Jack Noonen (Harold J. Stone).

The fun part is near the end when we see what happens to the murder weapon.

I defy anyone to watch this episode and not laugh at Barbara's smile and chuckle at the end! She was such a good actress. It's one of Hollywood crimes that she never was given the opportunity to be the movie star she should have been.

Note: Roald Dahl, who became famous for writing "Charlie And The Chocolate Factory" and other bizarre kids' stories, wrote the screenplay!


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