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The Morning After 

"The Morning After" is an episode of Alfred Hitchcock Presents starring Alfred Hitchcock, Robert Alda, and Jeanette Nolan. A married businessman keeps his naive young mistress in an apartment, assuring her with costly gifts that he will marry her as soon as he can secure a divorce from his harpy wife. The young woman's mother is not so easily persuaded.



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Episode cast overview:
... Himself - Host
... Ben Nelson
... Mrs. Trotter
... Sharon Trotter
... Mrs. Nelson
Dorothea Lord ... Maid


A mother, distraught about her daughter's affair with a married businessman, confronts him in his office. She has been told for a year that he's working on gaining his freedom from his wife so he can marry the young woman. The middle-aged executive won't waver from his story, but can't persuade the righteous mother to stop interfering. Written by David Stevens

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11 January 1959 (USA)  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Familiar Plot Well Done
5 May 2011 | by See all my reviews

Notice that slimy philanderer Ben Nelson (Alda) heads up a plastics firm. I doubt plastics was accidental since he molds himself to each situation. Watch him finagle his way around kittenish paramour Sharon Trotter (Provine) and then his unsuspecting wife (Wray). At first we're unsure of his true feelings as he strings Sharon along with seemingly sincere promises of getting free of his wife. However, Sharon's very proper mom (Nolan) disapproves, suspecting Ben's true motives. So what will she do since Sharon appears sincerely in love.

It's a talky entry, but holds interest largely because of the well-acted characters. Also, Hitch's letter-reading prologue remains drolly hilarious. There is a moral to the story, however— whatever you do, don't mess with King Kong's girl !

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