Alfred Hitchcock Presents: Season 2, Episode 1

Wet Saturday (30 Sep. 1956)

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Mr. Princey's daughter has just murdered the schoolmaster. A murderess in the family? That won't do. It's up to Mr. Princey to frame someone else for her crime.

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Mr. Princey (as Sir Cedric Hardwicke)
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Capt. Smollet
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George Princey (as Jerry Barclay)
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Mr. Princey's batty daughter, Millicent, has just killed the schoolmaster, with whom she was in love, when she found out he had gotten engaged to another woman. A murderess in the family? That won't do. Mr. Princey has a shallow dimwit for a son and a wife who, whatever her other qualities, is no good when it comes to covering up a murder. Mr. Princey takes it upon himself to keep Millicent out of prison or the madhouse. Good luck is on his side when Captain Smollet stops by for a visit. Captain Smollet, it seems, has just as much a motive for murder as Millicent. Written by J. Spurlin

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Mr. Princey: Be quiet. They'd send her to an institution or they'd hang her. We should have to move away from here. It would be impossible.
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Tita Purdom's performance ruins this one...
29 December 2013 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

The episode begins with learning that Millicent Princey has murdered someone. Her father (Cedric Hardwicke) insists that for the sake of the family name they MUST hide the murder. However, considering how much Millicent simpers and overacts, I was surprised he wanted to cover up the killing. So, he decides to pin it on a convenient scapegoat, Captain Smollet (John Williams).

Considering that "Wet Saturday" was the premier episode of season two, you'd think it would be a particularly good show. Well, it wasn't. Most of the problem was that Tita Purdom (who played Millicent) was just awful--overacting horribly. You cannot entirely blame her, as the director SHOULD have elicited a different sort of performance with at least SOME subtlety. And, considering that Hitchcock himself directed it, I certainly expected more. A HUGE disappointment.


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