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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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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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 »

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Annette Borden: Oh, there you are, Lorna. Been looking all over for you.
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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.


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