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The Orderly World of Mr. Appleby 

"The Orderly World of Mr. Appleby" is an episode of Alfred Hitchcock Presents starring Alfred Hitchcock, Robert H. Harris, and Meg Mundy. An antiques dealer comes up with a clever way to raise money to pay off a loan. But things won't be as easy for the shop owner the second time around.. or will they?



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Episode complete credited cast:
... Himself - Host
... Laurence Appleby
Meg Mundy ... Martha Sturgis
... Sidney Gainsborough (as Gage Clark)
Louise Larabee ... Lena Appleby
... Desar
Helen Spring ... Mrs. Grant
... Mrs. Murchie
Molly Glessing ... Elly (as Mollie Glessing)


Mr. Appleby's antique shop is losing money, because he is so fond of the best items that he refuses to sell them to anyone. A representative from a supplier visits the shop, and tells Appleby that he must pay his bill within two weeks, or else the supplier will reclaim his inventory. Appleby's wife has a moderate endowment, but she will not help him, so he kills her and makes it look like an accident. He gets away with it, and marries a wealthy woman whom he had met in the shop. But he soon learns that she knows all about him, and has made careful arrangements to protect herself. Written by Snow Leopard

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Release Date:

15 April 1956 (USA)  »

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(RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


When Miss Sturgis writes the check for the broken figurine, she dates it 4/15/1956, the date this episode was first aired. See more »


When Martha Sturgis writes the check for the broken camel, she spells Laurence with an "s" instead of a "c". See more »

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He Pulled the Rug Out From Under Her
20 October 2008 | by See all my reviews

If this weren't so blatantly tongue-in-cheek, this would be a terrible episode. I'm always amazed how easily people die in television shows. What is odd is that Hitchcock, in his movies, never made dying a routine thing. Oh well, he was just the host here. The man in question kills his wife by luring her to a rug and then pulling it violently out from under her. I have to be quite honest. If I did this, they would most likely fall on their rear and get up and punch me in the nose. There is a subplot of the man trying to hang on to treasures in an antique/curio shop; an obsession not shared by his spouse. He needs money to continue buying all this junk and this becomes a sore point. Eventually, he hooks up with a woman who is obviously his equal and the sparks fly. Take this for what it is. Far fetched. If you accept it on those terms it's not so bad.

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