At an art gallery, Mark is surprised when the art dealer hands over a portrait of Mark's first wife instead of the painting he'd originally purchased.

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Alfred Hitchcock - Host
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Mark Halliday
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Debbie Halliday
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Arthur Clymer
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Jeff Harrison
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Mark Halliday takes his wife to an art gallery, to show her a painting he has purchased for their first anniversary. But instead of the painting he had seen, he is given a portrait of his first wife Jocelyn, who disappeared five years ago. Both he and his new wife are shocked and upset, so Halliday shows the portrait to Jocelyn's brother, who locates the artist for him. When Halliday goes in search of the artist, he encounters further coincidences and confusing developments, suggesting that Jocelyn is living very close by. Written by Snow Leopard

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8 April 1956 (USA)  »

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When Clymer sits down on his staircase and pours himself a drink, his glass and the bottle of wine instantly switch hands after the camera changes view. See more »

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The missing wife
5 July 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A man and wife enter an art gallery at closing time. He bought her a painting for their 1st wedding anniversary and wants to pick it up. It takes a bit for the guy to fetch it, and when the wife finally sees it she is shocked. The husband objects that this isn't what he bought. Is this a joke?

What I like is that we don't actually see the painting until well into the next scene (alas, at the end of a dose of forced exposition).

Anyway, the painting is of the man's first wife, who disappeared a couple years ago. The painting appears to have been painted more recently than that. I think the episode develops a good bit of tension, and our recently wed pair starts to feel the stress.

I didn't see the ending coming. Pretty decent stuff, although I doubt it's fully plausible.


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