Alfred Hitchcock Presents: Season 2, Episode 12

The Rose Garden (16 Dec. 1956)

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A book publisher visits two elderly sisters at their Louisiana mansion. One of them has written a murder mystery. And he learns that it may contain more fact than fiction.

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The cab driver taking Mr. Vinton to his destination is surprised to see he has business with Miss Julia Pickering and not her sister, Miss Cordelia. Miss Cordelia, aka Mrs. Welles, has her sister under her thumb. He's even more surprised to find that Miss Julia has written a book that Mr. Vinton wants to publish. When Mr. Vinton arrives at the elderly sisters' magnolia-scented Louisiana mansion, he's the one surprised, finding that the house perfectly matches the one Miss Julia had described in her story. As a guest in the house, he finds old furniture carved with lion's heads, brass cherubs, a stone bench in a rose garden -- all things from the book. Mr. Vinton's mind becomes troubled as he wonders how much the rest of Miss Julia's murder mystery might be true. Written by J. Spurlin

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Cab Driver Barney: You say you come all the way to New York to see Miss Julia on business? You sure you ain't got them mixed up? You didn't come to see Miss Cordelia?
Alexander Vinton: No, who is Miss Cordelia?
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Watch Out for the Quiet Ones
11 November 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A publisher's representative comes to a Louisiana mansion to speak to an elderly lady about a mystery novel she has written. This novel puts her in conflict with her domineering sister who seems to run the show. She is steeped in the tradition of the deep South and the need to not air dirty laundry. She is embarrassed by her sister. As the man comes to know the two women, he comes to appreciate the more timid of the two. As the story develops, we come to also realize that the novel is not totally fiction but may have more autobiography in it than originally thought. A cover-up begins to take place and some factors not in evidence begin to appear. It's not a bad little story. A previous episode took two very similar characters and made them comic. This one is much more balanced.


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