Alfred Hitchcock Presents: Season 7, Episode 28

The Kerry Blue (17 Apr. 1962)

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A man suspects that his wife buried his collapsed kerry-blue species dog alive, and now he wants to kill her.



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Episode cast overview:
Himself - Host
Gene Evans ...
Ned Malley
Thelma Malley
John Zaremba ...
Dr. Chaff
The Doctor
David Carlile ...
The Detective
G. Warren Smith ...
The Intern


Ned Mallie loves his 13-year old dog Annie, a Kerry Blue. So much so that his wife Thelma accuses him of caring more for the dog than her. When Ned returns from a business trip, Thelma has bad news: Annie died a few days after he left and she buried him in the woods. Because Thelma did not call a vet, Ned is convinced that she buried Annie alive and he slowly plots his revenge. Written by garykmcd

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"The Kerry Blue" is not your average dog story
10 July 2013 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

Gene Evans, a World War II hero and all-around nice guy in real life, could play some nasty fellows when given the chance. In "The Kerry Blue," he plays a rotten-to-the-core husband who continually abuses his wife (a beleaguered Carmen Mathews) and cares more for his dog "Annie," an old Kerry Blue. After returning from a business trip, Evans finds out that his precious doggie has died and that his wife has already buried the old girl. To put it mildly, Evans doesn't believe a word of it even though the obvious circumstances bear out the truth of his wife's statements. But because his wife didn't consult with a veterinarian first, he believes that the dog was still alive when she buried him. His lack of any respect for his wife (bordering on outright hatred), coupled with the misplaced love of his late pooch, blinds him to reality and poor Ms. Mathews takes the brunt of his anger. She soon gets pummeled with a vicious back-hander from Evans. To make matters worse for her, Evans sets out to even the score and throw her into an early grave. He decides to empty a bottle of crushed up sleeping pills into her nightly cup of cocoa and put her to sleep forever. His plans almost come to fruition until a familiar bark in the backyard piques his interest and simultaneously ends his murderous ways. "The Kelly Blue" is all about spousal abuse, a familiar Hitchcock subject and one that was used as a plot device on his show many times over. Evans does a fine job as a complete monster of a husband who deserves to be ripped apart by Rottweilers. Carmen Mathews is also excellent as his put-upon wife who doesn't have the right temperament to challenge her husband and put a stop to his callousness. Luckily for her, Evans is his own worst enemy and he ends up getting what's coming to him as the curtain closes on this episode.

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