Alfred Hitchcock Presents: Season 7, Episode 3

Maria (24 Oct. 1961)

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While drunk, Leo Thorby buys what he thinks is a chimp. His wife Carol is outraged when she finds out he spent $500 and wants him to get his money back. Both of them are shocked to find out... See full summary »

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Leo Thorby
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Carol Thorby
Edmund Hashim ...
El Magnifico
Merry Anders ...
Lena
Kreg Martin ...
Benny
Marjorie Bennett ...
The Elderly Woman
Doug Carlson ...
The Roustabout
Venus de Mars ...
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While drunk, Leo Thorby buys what he thinks is a chimp. His wife Carol is outraged when she finds out he spent $500 and wants him to get his money back. Both of them are shocked to find out that the chimp is actually a woman, Maria, in a monkey suit and Leo thinks he has found the perfect circus act. Maria can sketch but only paints what she sees and when Leo sees a sketch of his wife kissing the lion tamer, he immediately jumps to conclusions. Little does he realize it's all part of Maria's plan to get rid of Carol. When he gets of Maria, she plots her own revenge. Written by garykmcd

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"Maria" is a strange one
25 June 2013 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

Occasionally, Alfred Hitchcock went for the "weird" and this entry is one of them. Norman Lloyd, one of Hitchcock's producers, plays a carnival worker who, during a drunken stupor, buys what he thinks is a talented monkey for $500. When he wakes up with a hangover and tells his wife (Nita Talbot) about it, she throws a fit. But Lloyd assures his wife that it's a very talented "female" monkey. Within minutes, she's drawing a picture of his wife on the wall, but Lloyd's "better half" is not the least bit interested. She just wants this monkey/lady out of their trailer and to get her husband's money back. But Lloyd has other ideas. He sees a "gold mine" with this primate. As he tries to explain to her that the monkey can help them with their career (the couple performs a worn-out mind-reading act for the carnival), the monkey introduces herself! She's really a dwarf in a realistic monkey costume named "Maria"---and for a dwarf, she's not unattractive. Ms. Talbot finally and reluctantly drops her objections and Maria soon becomes part of their show, delighting audiences with her drawings as the couple starts to make some real money. But Maria is the jealous and conniving type and she's hooked on old Lloyd. She plots a way to eliminate Ms. Talbot from the act and to get her thrown out of the carnival. Blinded by success, Lloyd falls for Maria's machinations and tragedy ensues. "Maria" was directed by the prolific Boris Sagal and he keeps this bizarre story of love and intrigue moving along with expert precision. Both Norman Lloyd and Nita Talbot are alive and well after all these years and still involved in their craft. Maria was played by Venus De Mars, a striptease dancer who was originally from Mexico. For someone who was barely a few inches over three-feet tall, Ms. De Mars exuded plenty of sex appeal and had a certain exotic mystique. This was one of her only screen appearances and her whereabouts is unknown at this point in time. She was only 24 when this episode was filmed.


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