After arguing with her boyfriend, Karen wakes up in a jail cell with no recollection of what transpired and is told that she committed murder.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Himself - Host
Karen Stewart
Renee (as Louise Albritton)
Jeff Simmons
Jack Mullaney ...
Joan Banks ...
Mason Curry ...
Mr. Sterling
Karine Nordman ...
Tipsy Woman
Marion Gray ...
Party Goer
Bar Patron
Carol Veazie ...
Jack Ramstead


Karen wakes up in an unfamiliar bed, with a hangover that's even worse than usual. She knows that by getting drunk again she has once more broken her promise to her boyfriend Jeff. Then she realizes that her hand is bandaged and badly injured, and she struggles to remember what happened the night before. She had gone to a party with Jeff, but she felt uncomfortable and lonely, and had started to drink. She tries to piece together the rest of the night, but all she can remember is being angry and drunk. Written by Snow Leopard

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22 April 1956 (USA)  »

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(RCA Sound Recording)

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1.33 : 1
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One of the few episodes in which the serious subject matter (in this case, alcoholism) prompted host Alfred Hitchcock to deliver a straightforward closing monologue, rather than his usual humorous quips. See more »


When Karen drinks her martini, she drinks every drop. One second later when the shot changes, there are several tablespoons left in the glass. See more »

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A Glass of Apple Cider, Please
9 February 2016 | by (Claremont,USA) – See all my reviews

A recovering alcoholic, Karen, comes-to in a strange bed with a terrible hangover. Through her clouded mind she struggles to recall what happened the night before. With her supportive husband Jeff, she's been so good at leaving off the juice, so what could have happened. Slowly events come back. It was a party, Jeff's sophisticated co-workers were there. Drinks were everywhere, but she kept saying no thanks. Trouble is she didn't seem to fit in among the guests; worse, why was Jeff paying so much attention to that tall, middle-age woman. The only person paying Karen any mind was this weird guy, Marlowe. Maybe that means she is weird too. Maybe too, that's why she's in this strange bed-- but why is her hand so heavily bandaged. If only she could remember.

That fine actress Phyllis Thaxter specialized in troubled women like Karen , e.g. Bewitched (1947). Here she runs a gamut of emotions, even allowing her good looks to turn haggard and disheveled. The entry's heart is in the right place— a dramatic warning against the destructive effects of alcohol. However, the logic of Karen's rejection at the party, plus Jeff's keeping company with Renee, aren't really accounted for. Thus, the fateful events seem more contrived than necessary. Too bad these holes weren't filled. Anyway, there's a good ironic kicker that certainly underlines the entry's message, narrative flaws or not.

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