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Murder Me Twice 

"Murder Me Twice" is an episode of Alfred Hitchcock Presents starring Alfred Hitchcock, Phyllis Thaxter, and Tom Helmore. At a house party, Lucy Prior allows herself to be hypnotized by Miles Farnham. While under his spell, she claims to be a woman living in 1853 and in the process of describing what she did, ... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview:
... Himself - Host
... Lucy Pryor
... Miles Farnham
... William Pryor
Ward Costello ... William Burke
... George Thompson
Liz Carr ... Adele Thompson
... Mr. Sherman
... Mr. Carson
Charles Seel ... Clerk of the Court
Alma Lawton ... Alma


At a house party, Lucy Prior allows herself to be hypnotized by Miles Farnham. While under his spell, she claims to be a woman living in 1853 and in the process of describing what she did, picks up a pair of scissors and kills her husband. In looking into the case, the coroner determines that in 1853 a woman did just as Lucy described but is suspicious that this could be a sham. At the inquest, Miles suggests that he hypnotize Lucy, with unexpected consequences. Written by garykmcd

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7 December 1958 (USA)  »

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(RCA Sound Recording)

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


At an inquest depicted in the drama, there is a reference to a Dr. Malcolm Atterbury having signed a death certificate. No doubt this was an in-joke as there was an actor named Malcolm Atterbury who had appeared in an earlier first-season Hitchcock program and was filming North by Northwest (1959) at the time this one was made. See more »


Lucy states that the US president in 1853 was "Benjamin Pierce." There was never any President Benjamin Pierce. Franklin Pierce took the office in March 1853, following Millard Fillmore. Pierce's father and one of his sons were named Benjamin, however. See more »

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Hypnosis for Dummies
8 July 2013 | by See all my reviews

Thank God that police investigations in real life aren't as ridiculous as the ones in many of these Hitchcock episodes. In this one, a woman at a cocktail party asks to be hypnotized by an expert. While in a trance, she becomes a psychotic young woman from the South in the mid 1800's. She suddenly grabs a letter opener from a table and stabs her husband to death. Well, you get it. She's not responsible because she was a different person and there's no way to prove otherwise. I have a feeling that the law would have leaned on her a lot harder than they ultimately. Meanwhile, the hypnotist, who it turns out has a few skeletons in his closet, tries for a payoff from the young woman. The police and the legal system are totally incapable of at least an investigation. Like, perhaps looking into the relationship with the husband or checking the story a bit further. One other thing that has always bothered me. The ease with which people are killed with pointed objects. I know hitting the right spot can kill a person, but most don't have the skill to find that spot and people don't really that easily. In "Dial M for Murder" Grace Kelley easily kills her assailant sent by her husband, using a pair of scissors. Yet in "Torn Curtain" there is a long painful attempt to kill a man who doesn't want to be dead. Oh, well, I'm learning to be patient although this effort just doesn't seem to rate my patience. Oh, you know there is a twist at the end, but I'll leave that to your perusal.

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