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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Alfred Hitchcock - Host
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Ralph Montgomery
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Mrs. Sutton
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Ethel Montgomery
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Earl Kramer
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George Brooks
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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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20 November 1955 (USA)  »

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The skin around Everett Sloane's right eye is noticeably swollen in many scenes, particularly those in the Montgomery house. See more »

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Well-Crafted Mini-Thriller
15 February 2006 | by (Ohio) – See all my reviews

This well-crafted mini-thriller adapts a Dorothy L. Sayers story very nicely into the half-hour television show format, and it is also helped considerably by Everett Sloane's leading performance. It sets up the tension efficiently, adding some good touches as things play out. Hitchcock's opening and closing remarks, full of his morbidly dry sense of humor, also contribute to a very good episode.

The story stars Sloane as an easygoing businessman who starts to experience unexplainable attacks of indigestion, at about the same time that authorities are on the lookout for a deranged, murderous housekeeper. Sayers's story makes perceptive use of human psychology, and Sloane's performance is important in bringing this out. The last part features some good twists that work quite well. If you watch it a second time, you can then follow the ways that viewer perceptions are cleverly steered in one direction, while keeping open some other possibilities that are less obvious, but just as well-founded.

It's a good combination of story, adaptation, direction, and acting, making for an above average episode of this classic anthology series.


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