Shortly after having a quick breakfast with his wife and the new cook whom they have recently hired, Ralph Montgomery suffers a bad attack of indigestion, and continues to have trouble ... See full summary »

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Shortly after having a quick breakfast with his wife and the new cook whom they have recently hired, Ralph Montgomery suffers a bad attack of indigestion, and continues to have trouble afterward. Later, he reads a newspaper story about a housekeeper who has poisoned several of her employers, and who is still at large. Ralph begins to suspect the worst, and he takes a cup of cocoa from the kitchen to a chemist, in order to have it analyzed. Written by Snow Leopard

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An Entertaining Stomach Ache
29 July 2010 | by (Claremont,USA) – See all my reviews

More classic Hitchcock. So what's causing aging businessman Sloane's indigestion. Must be the grouchy old housekeeper Bondi who may be the serial poisoner the cops are looking for. She certainly looks the part. Good thing he's got a devoted young wife and helpful blonde secretary. Then again maybe it's just bad food. What's he to do besides take a Tums.

Getting a good cast was a big reason for the series success. This first year entry is no exception. Sloane's perfect since his character looks like he was born with a stomach ache; ditto Bondi's character who looks capable of anything, especially fixing a lethal dose of cocoa. Also, don't miss Ward's Cheshire cat grin that's so distinctive.

In my book, putting crime into the white-collar suburbs is a classic mark of the series and resonated, I expect, with a 1950's audience. Happily, this 30-minutes remains an entertaining dose of suspense instead of steaming cocoa, along with an amusingly memorable very last shot.


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