Alfred Hitchcock Presents: Season 1, Episode 29

The Orderly World of Mr. Appleby (15 Apr. 1956)

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Antiques dealer Laurence Appleby thinks he has solved his financial problems by killing his wife Lena, but new complications arise in his second marriage.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Robert H. Harris ...
Laurence Appleby
Himself - Host
Meg Mundy ...
Martha Sturgis
Gage Clarke ...
Sidney Gainsborough (as Gage Clark)
Louise Larabee ...
Lena Appleby
Helen Spring ...
Mrs. Grant
Edna Holland ...
Mrs. Murchie
Molly Glessing ...
Elly (as Mollie Glessing)


Mr. Appleby's antique shop is losing money, because he is so fond of the best items that he refuses to sell them to anyone. A representative from a supplier visits the shop, and tells Appleby that he must pay his bill within two weeks, or else the supplier will reclaim his inventory. Appleby's wife has a moderate endowment, but she will not help him, so he kills her and makes it look like an accident. He gets away with it, and marries a wealthy woman whom he had met in the shop. But he soon learns that she knows all about him, and has made careful arrangements to protect herself. Written by Snow Leopard

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15 April 1956 (USA)  »

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Lena Appleby is holding a full glass of water when she takes her fatal fall, but there is no broken glass or spilled water on the floor anywhere near her body. See more »

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He Pulled the Rug Out From Under Her
20 October 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

If this weren't so blatantly tongue-in-cheek, this would be a terrible episode. I'm always amazed how easily people die in television shows. What is odd is that Hitchcock, in his movies, never made dying a routine thing. Oh well, he was just the host here. The man in question kills his wife by luring her to a rug and then pulling it violently out from under her. I have to be quite honest. If I did this, they would most likely fall on their rear and get up and punch me in the nose. There is a subplot of the man trying to hang on to treasures in an antique/curio shop; an obsession not shared by his spouse. He needs money to continue buying all this junk and this becomes a sore point. Eventually, he hooks up with a woman who is obviously his equal and the sparks fly. Take this for what it is. Far fetched. If you accept it on those terms it's not so bad.

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