Alfred Hitchcock Presents: Season 6, Episode 37

Make My Death Bed (27 Jun. 1961)

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When an older woman has a sexual affair with a handsome married singer, her jealous husband has murder in mind, and so does the wife of the singer.

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Himself - Host
Diana Van der Vlis ...
Elise Taylor
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Bish Darby
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Della Hudson
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Dr. Bob Hudson
Alexander Lockwood ...
Police Officer
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Ken Taylor
Madeleine Sherwood ...
Jackie Darby
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Mattie Darby (as Judy Erwin)
Dennis Rush ...
Bob Darby
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Bish Darby and his wife Jackie are new in town and become fast friends with Ken and Elise Taylor. Jackie is always after Bish to watch his diet and cut down on his intake of sugar. Bish and Elise become a bit more than friends and start having an affair. Both of their respective spouses think something is going on and when Ken walks in on them one he evening he shoots Biff, killing him. When they relay the news to Jackie however, her reaction is not quite what they expected. There is also something of a surprise for Elise. Written by garykmcd

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27 June 1961 (USA)  »

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Barbara Allen
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Solo performance by Diana Van der Vlis
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Don't Let Marriage Stand in the Way
5 January 2010 | by (Claremont,USA) – See all my reviews

If memory serves, 1961 was about the time tabloids started titillating readers with reports of "wife swapping" in the affluent suburbs. This episode doesn't go that far, but it does involve infidelity among young professionals. Bish (Best) and Elise (Van der Vlis) may be married to others, but that hardly dampens their mutual attraction. Nor are they very discreet about it, embarrassing their respective mates in front of others. We know something's going to explode, but what. After all, these are upscale folks with bright futures.

Average episode, but 'average' for Hitchcock means solidly entertaining. There's something of an unexpected twist, plus a convincing turn from Brando's sister Jocelyn that adds credibility. I also like the well designed livingroom that suggests young, style-conscious affluents. The script also makes good ironical use of the folk ballad "Barbara Allen". Generally, it's a suspenseful, but unmemorable 30 minutes. (Be sure however to catch Hitch's appropriate opening and closing.)


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