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Death and the Joyful Woman 

The secretary of a wine baron murders when her dream of marrying him is shattered.


John Brahm


James Bridges (teleplay), Edith Pargeter (novel) (as Ellis Peters)


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Episode cast overview:
Alfred Hitchcock ... Himself - Host
Gilbert Roland ... Luis Aguilar
Laraine Day ... Ruth
Laura Devon ... Kitty Norris
Tom Lowell ... Dominic Felse
Don Galloway ... Al Aguilar
Raymond Greenleaf ... The Doctor
Richard Bull ... The Butler
Andy Romano ... The Assistant
Jack Sahakian Jack Sahakian ... The Man
Frank Overton ... George Felse


The secretary of a wine baron murders when her dream of marrying him is shattered.

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Release Date:

12 April 1963 (USA) See more »

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Shamley Productions See more »
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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


A copy of the portrait of Lord Horatio Nelson painted by Lemuel Francis Abbott can be seen hanging on the wall at the stairs. See more »


Version of Smrt a blazená paní (1980) See more »


For He's A Jolly Good Fellow
Sung by the party guests
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Gilbert Roland and Laura Devon
15 March 2012 | by kevinolzakSee all my reviews

"Death and the Joyful Woman" is a rather obvious storyline, featuring silent screen heartthrob Gilbert Roland as wealthy wine merchant Luis Aguilar, whose son Al (Don Galloway) followed after his teetotaler mother, spurning the father by refusing to enter into an arranged marriage that would have enhanced the family business. When Al requests 5000 dollars to start a family from his still bitter father, Luis decides to humiliate the boy by offering him a bet, to drink his more experienced father under the table (something Luis couldn't do to his father until he was 26). The victorious Luis then proceeds to force his unwanted attentions upon the beautiful Kitty Norris (Laura Devon), thereby spurning his fiancée Ruth (Laraine Day), who had faithfully worked as his secretary for 20 years before he finally promised to marry her. Also appearing is Frank Overton, best remembered for the STAR TREK episode "This Side of Paradise," broadcast less than two months before he died in 1967. Incidentally, the 'Joyful Woman' is a reference to the father's favorite wine.

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