Twice a month, Mrs. Bixby travels to Baltimore to visit an elderly aunt, her only living relative. Or so she tells her dentist husband. In fact, she visits the Colonel, her rich lover. ... See full summary »

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Twice a month, Mrs. Bixby travels to Baltimore to visit an elderly aunt, her only living relative. Or so she tells her dentist husband. In fact, she visits the Colonel, her rich lover. Before returning home, he gives her a gift of a fur coat - along with a letter saying that they won't be seeing other any more. Mrs. Bixby decides to pawn the coat but her elaborate scheme to explain the coat to her husband doesn't quite go as planned. Written by garykmcd

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27 September 1960 (USA)  »

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Version of Le coup du berger (1956) See more »

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A Maupassant short story
30 January 2016 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

This is not the normal Hitchcock episode, Audrey Meadows is married to a bland and stingy dentist, He does not appear to be particularly mean-spirited. She escapes from him once a month to be with her wealthy lover who appreciates her. He gives her a gift to end the relationship, and the story revolves around the fate of this gift.

There is an air of lost dreams and stifled hopes of people trapped in unfulfilling relationships. The plot moves along steadily and it only becomes apparent what is going to happen at the very end.

I seem to have rated this episode higher than most viewers as I got into the atmosphere of the story from the very beginning, and had recently seen a number of episodes which did not involve the black humour, or elements of murder or death present in most episodes.

It was not particularly slow moving or leisurely, and did move along in a very gentle way.


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