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"Alfred Hitchcock Presents" The Kerry Blue (1962)

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3 out of 5 people found the following review useful:

"The Kerry Blue" is not your average dog story

Author: (chuck-reilly) from Los Angeles
10 July 2013

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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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1 out of 4 people found the following review useful:

Good ending

Author: (MoviesRT) from United States
26 March 2014

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A man is so fond of his dog that he treats his wife as a second class citizen. When she ends up having to bury the dog while he's out of town, he never gets over it and plots to kill her and make her go through what he thinks the dog went through. Needless to say it doesn't end the way he thought it would.

This is a good example of just rewards, but unfortunately it fits in real well with the way people in today's society care more for animals than people. I think the animal rights people have created this belief.

Nowadays we would find an organization like Peta taking the side of the man for his obsessive love of his pet, yet we all see how insane it is for a person to prefer animals to humans.

This episode stands out as very different from most of the rest. I've watched nearly every episode and a great majority of them deal with infidelity and insurance scams. This is the only one I can think of involving a pet.

I liked the way it turned out.

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