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 All (63) »


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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That Darn Cat
20 January 2011 | by (Claremont,USA) – See all my reviews

The 30-minutes plays much like a Hitchcock Presents episode. Second wife Vera (Lansbury) lives with doctor husband (Montgomery) in a lakeside home, where she's menaced by Claire, the first wife's pet cat. So what's up with the odd feline behavior. Vera seems like a nice, if uncertain, wife in an ordinary household. There's some suspense here since we can't be sure where the story is going or what the payoff will be.

I'm used to seeing either an aging, matronly Lansbury or the rather coarse blonde of her early movie career. Here, however, she's almost glamorous, all prettied-up in typical 50's fashion. Hubby Montgomery has traded his usual six-guns and Stetson for a doctor's stethoscope and a good guy role, which he does well. My only reservation is with Claire whose acting abilities don't get beyond that of a normal cat, instead of an unnatural force she's supposed to be. Then again, maybe director Tuttle is not used to working with 4-footed performers. All in all, an interesting, well acted half-hour.

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