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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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.
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And the dog?
20 July 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This episode is the bread and butter of what the series is about. There are more creative episodes, but this is what people tuned in to see.

It's the tale of an well-to-do artist couple, and I have to say, they aren't convincing as artists. Ralph Meeker is the husband, his first appearance since the opener of Season 1, and he looks like he should be coaching college lacrosse. The wife is Phyllis Thaxter, a regular as well. She's working on a stunning green vase; alas, we can't see the color.

The husband becomes ill a couple of times and the suspicion turns to poisoning. The bulk of the episode plays off of this. Without getting into the details, it works.

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