A vain, querulous woman can't get a divorce from her husband. Luckily, he loves to garden. And he's just dug a nice big hole in the backyard.


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Episode complete credited cast:
Himself - Host
Mabel McKay
Henry G. McKay
Vinton Hayworth ...
Mr. Abernathy
Rusty Lane ...
Police Detective
Karen Norris ...


Plain, dull, middle-aged Mabel McKay deludes herself into believing that she bears a striking resemblance to glamorous movie star Martha Mason. The indolent Mabel suddenly conks her solid, devoted husband with a hammer, and buries him in their garden which he tended with care. Mabel covers up the murder, but will people believe the note she fakes that her equally dull husband felt he was totally unworthy of her magnificence, so he impulsively ran off with a lesser woman ? Written by David Stevens

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19 May 1957 (USA)  »

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(RCA Sound Recording)

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1.33 : 1
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[first lines]
Mabel McKay: Henry!
Henry McKay: Coming right up. Sorry, my dear. I'm afraid I overslept this morning. The lodge lasted till all hours. Reading of the treasurer's report. It was very interesting, though.
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The Patience of Job
17 June 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I won't spoil the ending, other than to say that until I got there I was pretty tired of this episode. Hitchcock's portrayal of shrew-like women is pretty consistent and this is no exception. History has shown us that he was a bit of a misogynist, especially in his movies (Marnie, The Birds, etc.). The long suffering husband has been portrayed ad- infinitum. As I've tried to catch up on these episodes, I've run across so many abused men. Most recently it was the man who murdered his wife and locked her in the trunk of his car, only to be foiled by a highway patrolman. Anyway, this one is so self centered that she can't see what a nice life she has. She is enamored with some film star and truly believes that they are alike in appearance and talent. When she strikes, we know the wrong person has paid the price. Enjoy this one. It has a payoff.

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