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A True Account 

A nurse claiming she suspects her very rich husband of killing his first wife, seeks advice from a lawyer, instead of going to the police.


Leonard J. Horn


Fredric Brown (teleplay), Robert C. Dennis (teleplay) | 1 more credit »

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Episode cast overview:
Alfred Hitchcock ... Himself - Host
Jane Greer ... Mrs. Cannon-Hughes
Kent Smith ... Gilbert Hughes
Robert Webber ... Paul Brett
Jocelyn Brando ... Alice
Madge Kennedy ... Mary Hughes
Dorothea Lord Dorothea Lord ... Mrs. Simpson
Lillian O'Malley Lillian O'Malley ... Housekeeper
Selmer Jackson ... Reverend


Paul Brett is a top notch criminal attorney who is consulted by Mrs. Cannon-Hughes. She was a nurse by profession who tended to the bedridden wife of Gilbert Hughes until her death. In the time since then, she married Mr. Hughes only to come to the conclusion that he murdered his first wife. Brett advises her that there is little that can be done without evidence but he takes quite a liking to her and they eventually become lovers and marry when Gilbert takes his own life. Little does he realize the consequences of the choices he has made. Written by garykmcd

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Release Date:

7 June 1959 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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First directorial credit for Leonard J. Horn in TV or film. See more »


The attorney Paul Brett tells Mrs. Cannon-Hughes that "a wife cannot testify against her husband". That is, however, incorrect and as an attorney Paul Brett should know that. A wife cannot be forced to testify against her husband against her own will, however, if she chooses to do so she can of course testify against her husband. See more »


Alfred Hitchcock - Host: It seems to me that she could take my blood pressure with a tire gauge.
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Solid Hitch
6 December 2011 | by dougdoepkeSee all my reviews

Solid Hitchcock entry.

Rich old lady Hughes is a crabby patient that requires all nurse Cannon's (Greer) patience. On the other hand, Mr. Hughes is such a sweet, shy man (Smith), it's not surprising that he and nurse Cannon get hitched when the old lady dies. So why is Mrs. Cannon-Hughes now seeing handsome lawyer Brett (Webber) when things at home seem so idyllic.

That opening scene with Greer and Webber is a little gem of cat and mouse. Fans of film noir will enjoy seeing classic spider woman Greer in what appears casting against type. Also, Smith is a familiar face from 1940's melodrama, especially Val Lewton's memorable horror films. Add Bob Webber from 12 Angry Men(1957)and you've got a first-rate cast. Together, they play out this "who did what to whom" in fine suspenseful fashion.

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