Alfred Hitchcock Presents: Season 1, Episode 24

The Perfect Murder (11 Mar. 1956)

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Unscrupulous brothers Paul and Henri Tallendier plan to murder their Aunt Rosalie so that they can get their uncle's inheritance.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Hurd Hatfield ...
Paul Tallendier
Himself - Host
Aunt Rosalie
Philip Coolidge ...
Henri Tallendier
Gladys Hurlbut ...
Walter Kingsford ...
Percy Helton ...
Marie Tallendier
Jack Chefe ...


Henri and his brother Paul attend the reading of their uncle's will, and learn that their Aunt Rosalie inherits everything, but that after her death the two nephews are to share the income from the estate. The excitement of the two brothers is tempered by their present lack of resources. Rosalie has little regard for either of her nephews, and she determines to outlive them both. Paul decides to win over his aunt, and he soon moves in with her. The two brothers then look for a way to kill her without arousing suspicion. Written by Snow Leopard

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Himself - Host: According to statistics, a murder will be committed during the next sixty seconds, as well as four armed robberies, thirty-three petty thefts, and a forgery. There will also be a television commercial. If you doubt me, watch.
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Money Not A Problem Anymore
30 May 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Hitchcock's production crew was always excellent in picking out good stories and this one is no exception. The guest cast features Mildred Natwick who would later become better known briefly as one of televisions "Snoop Sisters" -a short lived series on NBC I believe.

Two brothers have a rich dotty old aunt who is leaving them money, money, money when she dies. She is in such good health that one of the brothers loses patience waiting for his money and devises a plan to kill her. Her talks his brother into helping do the deed.

They prepare carefully, making sure they have everything right knowing the Aunt's routine and planning it all to the last detail. Everything is perfect until the Aunts Senility kicks in and throws the entire plot off schedule. Let's just say that in the end the Aunt is still a picture of health and someone else is well, dead. The dead don't need any money and sometimes scare the wits out of the living.

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