Alfred Hitchcock Presents: Season 2, Episode 12

The Rose Garden (16 Dec. 1956)

TV Episode  |   |  Crime, Drama, Mystery
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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.


(as Francis Cockrell)


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Episode complete credited cast:
Himself - Host
Alexander Vinton
Patricia Collinge ...
Julia Pickering
Evelyn Varden ...
Mrs. Cordelia Welles
Ralph Peters ...
Cab Driver Barney


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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16 December 1956 (USA)  »

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(RCA Sound Recording)

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1.33 : 1
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[first lines]
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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Misses Julia and Cordelia
15 July 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The opening is a bit about Hitch digging up the grave of Adam and Eve.

John Williams (an NYC-based publisher) is riding in a cab in Louisiana. The driver gives us the backstory about "Miss Julia" and "Miss Cordelia." They arrive at a large southern estate. A black servant answers the door, but before he can speak, one of the Misses interrupts. Not too many African-American speaking parts back then.

The issue is whether one of the lady's new murder novel is, in fact, true. A downside of this is we hear a bit too much reading from the manuscript. Still, I like the setup and the three leads. The ending seems OK, but there are a couple of steps to it, and I'm not sure I like the final one.

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