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"Alfred Hitchcock Presents" Tea Time (1958)

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Kathleen Hite (teleplay)
Margaret Manners (story)
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Original Air Date:
14 December 1958 (Season 4, Episode 10)
Blanche Herbert invites Iris Teleton to tea at a posh restaurant. Blanche and Iris' husband Oliver have... See more » | Add synopsis »
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 (Episode Cast) (in credits order)

Alfred Hitchcock ... Himself - Host
Margaret Leighton ... Iris Teleton

Marsha Hunt ... Blanche Herbert
Murray Matheson ... Oliver Teleton
George Navarro ... Maitre D
Angela Austin ... Young Blonde
Fritz Feld ... Waiter

Episode Crew
Directed by
Robert Stevens 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Kathleen Hite  teleplay
Margaret Manners  story

Produced by
Joan Harrison .... producer
Norman Lloyd .... associate producer
Cinematography by
John F. Warren (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Edward W. Williams 
Art Direction by
Arthur Lonergan 
Set Decoration by
James Redd  (as James S. Redd)
Makeup Department
Jack Barron .... makeup artist
Florence Bush .... hair stylist
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Ronald R. Rondell .... assistant director (as Ronnie Rondell)
Sound Department
William H. Lynch .... sound (as William Lynch)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Vincent Dee .... costume supervisor
Editorial Department
Richard G. Wray .... editorial supervisor
Music Department
Frederick Herbert .... music supervisor

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Additional Details

30 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound Recording)


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5 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
A Dialogue-Heavy Dandy from Season 4, 1 September 2011
Author: samgslp from United States

In the fourth season of Hitchcock Presents, the show increasingly made use of elaborate set design and took a turn away from the early episodes, which often took place on two or three sets and was centered mostly on dialogue. In a way, Tea Time is more like a season one or two episode in that it could easily be reproduced on stage without losing much, if any of its impact.

The premise centers around a successful middle-aged businessman, Oliver, and his complex romantic affairs. His wife, Iris, receives an invitation for tea from his slightly younger and slightly more attractive mistress, Blanche.

Blanche asks for Iris to consider divorcing Oliver, as their marriage has become dull and she seems to be primarily interested in his finances. Iris flatly refuses and mocks Blanche for her romantic idealism, but the tables quickly turn when Blanche reveals that she has a letter proving that Iris had an affair early in her marriage. Iris comes up with a desperate plan to resolve the conflict and keep her husband.

The dialogue proves to be the thrust of the episode, and both actresses do an excellent job providing interest with very little to work with. The typical Hitchcock themes of divorce, affairs, and murderous intentions are all in place and provide for a nicely executed episode, although it is not exactly enthralling. Nice performances, classic premise, some unexpected turns in the story, and a whole lot of dialogue make this installment a worthwhile addition to season four.

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