Screen Directors Playhouse: Season 1, Episode 24

Claire (25 Apr. 1956)

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A doctor's second wife is tormented by the presence of his pet cat, which reminds her of the fact that she was involved in her husband's first wife's drowning.



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Episode cast overview:
Dr. Stanley Wayne
Vera Wayne
Jean Willes ...
Roberta Lawrence
Amanda Randolph ...
Kate (as Armanda Randolph)
Carl (as William Erwin)


Dr. Stanley Wayne carries his new wife, Vera, across the threshold. They've married following the death of his first wife, Vera's friend, who drowned while Vera, who can't swim, was unable to go for help. Vera settles in, redecorating to put her own stamp on the place, encouraged by her husband and by Kate, the family cook. The only creature that seems to object is Claire, the dead woman's cat. While friendly to everyone else, Claire trips Vera, musses her new dress, and wails at night. After a party, Dr. Wayne leaves to see a patient, and Vera decides it's time to take care of Claire. Written by <>

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cat | party | drowning | second wife | cook | See more »


Comedy | Drama | Romance




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25 April 1956 (USA)  »

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(Western Electric Recording)

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1.33 : 1
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Weak Entry in the Series
16 February 2011 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Screen Directors Playhouse: Claire (1956)

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A doctor (George Montgomery) marries his second wife (Angela Lansbury) who just happens to have witness his first wife drown to death. Once the two are married and living in the first wives old house the new wife begins to think that the cat Claire hates her and wants her out of the way. This is a rather strange short as it seems like a weak version of a Poe story or at least a reject from the Alfred Hitchcock series. I'm sure there's a good story to be found somewhere but sadly none of it is brought to life and in the end we're pretty much left with a bland story without too much energy. It appears both Lansbury and Montgomery were sleepwalking as neither one breathes any life into the film. It really did appear as if both actors were just in a little rehearsal as it's hard to see that either one of them are interested in what's going on. Lansbury really hurts the film because her character is suffering some psychological problems and the actress just can't get this out. Another problem is that the entire thing just looks incredibly cheap and it appears as if no one involved knew what type of movie they were wanting to make. Just take a look at the final sequence and the bit with the cat and the outcome. The scene is so poorly shot and edited that you can't help but feel what impact might have been there is just lost.

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