Alfred Hitchcock Presents: Season 2, Episode 20

Malice Domestic (10 Feb. 1957)

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Marital discord between writer Carl Borden and his wife Annette intensifies when poison is found in his food.


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Episode complete credited cast:
Himself - Host
Carl Borden
Annette Borden
Ralph Clanton ...
Perry Harrison
Vinton Hayworth ...
Dr. Ralph Wingate
Lili Kardell ...
Lorna Jenkins


When a friend moves to San Francisco, Carl and Annette Borden agree to take her Great Dane, Cassandra. Carl gets along wonderfully with the dog, but the beast doesn't seem to take well to Annette. Carl is a writer, Annette an artist who works with clay. She's also an artist in the kitchen, where some serious domestic trouble is about to begin. Meanwhile, Cassandra lives up to her name. Written by J. Spurlin

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10 February 1957 (USA)  »

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(RCA Sound Recording)

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[first lines]
Annette Borden: Oh, there you are, Lorna. Been looking all over for you.
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Bait and Switch
19 February 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is the prototypical Hitchcock episode. It involves the setting up of a series of red herrings designed to take us off the scent. We are treated to the deterioration of a man, seemingly through arsenic poisoning. It's about a dog and a triangle and some pretty tricky moves. Of course, we are treated to the "Alfred Hitchcock" ending. There are some pretty convincing performances which lead us to several wrong conclusions. When I saw this I hadn't watched a Hitchcock show for quite a while, so I was taken in. By the way, watch the way the man strokes the collar of the great Dane. That's what really distracted me. The other serious thing has to do with the wife's profession and her outside contacts. Well done.

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