Alfred Hitchcock Presents: Season 1, Episode 8

Our Cook's a Treasure (20 Nov. 1955)

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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 ... See full summary »



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Episode complete credited cast:
Himself - Host
Ralph Montgomery
Mrs. Sutton
Janet Ward ...
Ethel Montgomery
Earl Kramer
Gavin Gordon ...
George Brooks
Walter Woolf King ...
Dr. Pritchard -Card Player
Olan Soule ...
Chemist (as Olan Soulé)


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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Don't Drink That Cocoa!
3 October 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Once again we are at the mercy of Hitchcock's manipulations in a retelling of a Dorothy Sayers short story. Women are being bumped off by serial killer who poisons them. A man has a seemingly loving relationship with his younger wife. He reads the paper each morning, looking for further news of this murderer. His wife, meanwhile, an aspiring actress, continues to go to rehearsals and express her love for him. The housekeeper/cook who prepares the food comes under suspicion. It would be perfectly natural for her to be the killer. Meanwhile, the man becomes sicker and sicker and realizes that something untoward is going on. He finally fires the old woman, thinking that this will solve the problem. What happens after he confronts her is what this is all about. As usual, there is a wonderful vignette with Hitchcock as a wine taster coming to realize that the arsenic he has drunk was actually in mosquito poison. Well, you have to see it. These were often the highlights of the shows.

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