Alfred Hitchcock Presents: Season 2, Episode 20

Malice Domestic (10 Feb. 1957)

TV Episode  |   |  Crime, Drama, Mystery
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.5/10 from 196 users  
Reviews: 4 user

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


(teleplay), (story)
Watch Episode
0Check in

Watch Now

Free at IMDb


IMDb Picks: May

Visit our IMDb Picks section to see our recommendations of movies and TV shows coming out in May, sponsored by COVERGIRL.

Visit the IMDb Picks section

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 301 titles
created 02 Dec 2011
a list of 4829 titles
created 14 Jan 2012
a list of 14 titles
created 29 Oct 2012
a list of 22 titles
created 29 Aug 2013
a list of 57 titles
created 1 month ago

Related Items

Search for "Malice Domestic" on

Connect with IMDb

Share this Rating

Title: Malice Domestic (10 Feb 1957)

Malice Domestic (10 Feb 1957) on IMDb 7.5/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Alfred Hitchcock Presents.
« Previous Episode | 59 of 268 Episodes | Next Episode »




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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

writer | artist | great dane | poison | dog | See All (32) »





Release Date:

10 February 1957 (USA)  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


Carl enters Annette's studio while she is molding a vase. The clay is wet and glistening; in the next shot, the clay is completely dry. See more »


[first lines]
Annette Borden: Oh, there you are, Lorna. Been looking all over for you.
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Love Me, Love My Dog
17 March 2010 | by (Claremont,USA) – See all my reviews

Husband Carl (Meeker) keeps having stomach pains and it isn't Gas-Ex. Suspicion falls on wife Annette (Thaxter) who may have more than pottery on her mind. Maybe it's because he pays more attention to the Great Dane than he does to the wife.

Reviewer Hitchcoc is right—this is the sort of entry that won the series a loyal following and classic status. It's not exceptional, but is very well done in all departments. Note how subtly the screenplay hints at an extra-marital attraction between the silver-haired Perry and wife Annette, supplying her with needed motivation. Note also the effective way director Lucas uses blended close-ups of Meeker to stage the final scene, underscored with a lightly humorous touch—perfect for the Hitchcock style.

The athletic, muscular Meeker would seem an odd casting choice for a stay-at-home writer, but I guess it makes sense when you think about it. Thaxter was an early Hitchcock favorite, being so good at suggesting inner conflict. But it's really Lily Kardell's Lorna that I watched. She's a terrible actress but has the kind of dimples a guy could get lost in.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Anyhting Similar to this ? ndrnik
New to this show, any recommendations? michaelmartind
Finished all 7 running low on anthology fuel! funkdakarma
Episodes directed by Hitchcock john292
Scariest episodes? The-MVP-Navarro
The AHP dvds jennybuffyfan
Discuss Malice Domestic (1957) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: