The Alfred Hitchcock Hour

Season 2 Episode 11

How to Get Rid of Your Wife

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Aired Thursday 10:00 PM Dec 20, 1963 on CBS
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How to Get Rid of Your Wife
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A submissive gentleman and his shrewish wife put together separate plans to murder each other.

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  • The mild-mannered Mr. Swinney concocts an elaborate scheme to make it seem as if his overbearing wife wants to murder him.

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    Note that the title says "get rid of", not "murder"; such violence would be beyond the kindly-seeming Mr. Swinney, who only wishes to lead his own life in the way he wants and not to be at the constant beck and call of his appalling wife. He manages to convince her that he intends homicide, but then does nothing to follow up on this - instead, he contrives to make it seem as if she's about to kill him instead, and her behaviour becomes distinctly unhinged as a consequence. The quietness of Bob Newhart's performance and his perpetually unassuming manner work very well, although the British setting of Robert Gould's original version, with its air of polite fiendishness amidst all the middle-class niceness, was more appropriate.moreless

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    • This was an Americanized version of a British television play by Robert Gould which had been televised by the BBC on a Sunday night only a year or so earlier. Peter Sallis played the leading role, here taken by Bob Newhart. Although the script was rewritten for an American setting and slightly trimmed, Robert Gould retained sole script credit.

    • The opening music, which is woven thru the episode, is very similar to the bouncy Odd Couple Theme. This episode's music is by Lynne Murray, the Odd Couple Theme by Neal Hefti.

    • The actress playing the pet shop owner, Anne Morgan Guilbert, later was in Dick Van Dyke Show & The Nanny

    • This episode was filmed in the same house set used in the television series Leave it to Beaver.

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