The Alfred Hitchcock Hour

Season 2 Episode 14

Beyond the Sea of Death

Aired Thursday 10:00 PM Jan 24, 1964 on CBS

Episode Recap

Grace Renford is a wealthy and attractive woman who is interested in meeting a man who will love her, not for her money, but for what she is. She begins to correspond with a young engineer named Keith Holloway who she met through an ad in a spiritualism magazine. When he arrives from Bolivia, Grace pretends to be a middle class woman by renting a modest apartment. Her friend and surrogate mother Minnie Briggs becomes displeased at her deceptive actions. Later, Grace and Keith are engaged and she finally tells him about her wealth. He tells her that he is not interested in her money. His charm even manages to win over Minnie. Keith returns to South America, but soon after he arrives Grace receives a telegram telling her that he died in a mining explosion. Grace goes to a mystic named Dr. Shankara who holds a séance to contact Keith. Grace is grateful and she decides to give her fortune to Dr. Shankara's foundation. Minnie grows suspicious and learns that Keith is alive. Apparently Keith, whose real named is Harold Drummond, has been working scams with Dr. Shankara for years. Minnie tells Grace that she is being conned. Grace, however, prefers her romantic notion of Keith. Overcome with anger, Grace kills Minnie for trying to destroy her fantasy.
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