Alfred Hitchcock Presents: Season 7, Episode 38

Where Beauty Lies (26 Jun. 1962)

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Caroline Hardy lives with her handsome brother Collin. She is in her 30's, is unmarried and thinks of herself as ugly and unattractive. She thinks the world of Collin, a well-known stage ... See full summary »

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Collin Hardy
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Caroline Hardy lives with her handsome brother Collin. She is in her 30's, is unmarried and thinks of herself as ugly and unattractive. She thinks the world of Collin, a well-known stage actor and keeps house for him. She sees them drifting apart however, particularly as Collin seems ever closer to his girlfriend Joan. Caroline hatches a plot to ensure that Collin will forever be dependent on her and will shun all outside contact. Written by garykmcd

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"Where Beauty Lies" is last episode of half-hour series
16 July 2013 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

"Where Beauty Lies" was the last half-hour episode in the "Alfred Hitchcock Presents" series. The show returned with hour-long entries, but the earlier and shorter version of the series was actually the better of the two formats. For one thing, the surprise and/or shock endings arrived a lot sooner. This last story ("Where Beauty Lies") was one of the lesser ones, although both George Nader and Cloris Leachman give excellent performances. They play a brother and sister living together; she's a "Plain Jane" woman in her 30s and he's a noteworthy, wealthy, and very handsome stage actor. Cloris has been living her life to take care of George, but now she fears that an impending marriage will come between them. It's never established just how these two ended up living together and there's no hint or undercurrent of any sexual tension between the two. That said, as the story begins, Cloris is caught in a compromising position with a married man and chastised severely by her brother. Was she trying to make her brother jealous or was she merely desperate for some romance? As the plot progresses, Cloris' behavior suddenly turns totally neurotic and she begins to plan a way to end her brother's engagement as well as putting the kibosh on his good looks. Not exactly sisterly love, but then, this is Hitchcock. As it turns out, George really needs his sister more than ever---after he's blinded in an "accident." Luckily for him, his classic facial features are still intact, but conniving Cloris convinces him that he's permanently disfigured and his life is ruined. With sisters like that, who needs enemies? "Where Beauty Lies" doesn't deliver the normal jolt of the usual Hitchcock half-hour jaunt, but it's still worth the brief investment in time. Nearly all of the entries in this ground-breaking series were unique and certainly a step ahead of anything seen on mainstream television, before or since. We won't see their like again.


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