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When his pretty ex-fiancee returns from another failed relationship, a chicken farmer not wanting anything to do with her, decides to eliminate her.


Alfred Hitchcock


James P. Cavanagh (teleplay by), Arthur Williams (based on a story by)


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Episode cast overview:
Alfred Hitchcock ... Himself - Host
Laurence Harvey ... Arthur Williams
Hazel Court ... Helen Brathwaite
Robert Douglas ... Inspector Ben Liebenberg
Patrick Macnee ... Sgt. John Theron
Barry Harvey Barry Harvey ... Constable Barry (as Barry G. Harvey)


When his fiancée Helen leaves chicken farmer Arthur for another man, he accepts her decision by conveniently enjoying the life of a bachelor. A year passes and Helen pays him a return visit, asking for forgiveness. It seems her love interest didn't work out and she wants to rekindle an old flame, against Arthur's wish to remain a bachelor. Accustomed to strangling chickens for a living, Arthur angrily applies the same method to Helen, then hides her body. The police suspect him of murder, but can do nothing for lack of evidence. Written by alfiehitchie

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Release Date:

27 September 1959 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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A new scoring of the theme music was used from this episode onward. See more »


When Arthur is holding the chicken in the opening scene, his right hand has a noticeable dark spot near his thumb. Then the shot switches to a closeup and no spot is visible - suggesting that the closeup was accomplished using a "hand double." See more »


Alfred Hitchcock - Host: There was a very sad end to our story. Because of the excellent bone, meat and blood meal Mr. Williams kept supplying them, his chickens grew to enormous size. Then it happened. One day as he shouldered his way to the hungry flock... It is too awful to describe. Please rejoin me in a minute after I pull myself together.
[commercial break]
Alfred Hitchcock - Host: I have abandoned the egg business. Our model was successful in only one case: one hen dutifully reproduced it perfectly, but unfortunately, the uses...
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Laurence Harvey and Patrick Macnee
29 July 2014 | by marthawilcox1831See all my reviews

Laurence Harvey plays a despicable character who speaks into camera and murders Helen Braithwaite just like he strangles chickens. If it wasn't for Patrick Macnee's appearance in this episode I would have switched off. Here we see Macnee before he went on to appear in 'The Avengers'. It shows how Brits do well in America, sometimes before they do well in Britain. Another addition to this episode is Robert Douglas from 'Ivanhoe' and 'The Prisoner of Zenda'. Both Macnee and Douglas draw attention away from Harvey's character and make this episode tolerable. It is a lesson in scriptwriting that if you're going to have a despicable character as a lead you need to surround them with either engaging characters, or good actors that we know and trust.

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