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The Silk Petticoat 

In 1817 London, a silk petticoat belonging to the first wife of a newly remarried husband, reveals him to be a very evil man.



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Episode cast overview:
Alfred Hitchcock - Host
Sir Humphrey J. Orford
Elisa Minden
Jack Livesey ...
Dr. Minden
Doris Lloyd ...
Mrs. Boyd
David Frankham ...
Philip Haven
Molly Glessing ...
Parlor Maid (as Mollie Glessing)
Shirley O'Hara ...


In the early 19th century, Sir Humphrey J. Orford informs his fiancée, Elisa Minden, that twenty years previously he was married but that his wife died at the age of 19. Orford is something of a scholar and while visiting his study, Elisa finds a lady's silk petticoat that is obviously under repair and a gruesome painting. She is immediately frightened and wonders if she has discovered a hidden side to Orford's personality. As she explores her new home and learns more about her husband-to-be, she discovers that his first wife was unfaithful and that Orford had arranged for her lover to be hanged. On their wedding day, she makes an incredible discovery. Written by garykmcd

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2 January 1962 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Suiitably creepy
14 January 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A woman in early 1800s England is about to marry a man who begins to reveal a side to himself that disturbs her. For one thing, he reveals just days before their weeding that he was married once before, to a woman who died young and was unfaithful. Also, in his study, the bride to be finds a petticoat that clearly belonged to the first missus, and he lies about it. She also discovers he has a thing for pain and suffering, and in fact had his first wife's lover hanged. Then she makes the worst discovery of all. Michael Rennie is the evil groom. For the early 1960s, the period feel is pretty good. The ending is a real shocker.

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