Alfred Hitchcock Presents

Season 6 Episode 29

A Pearl Necklace

Aired Sunday 9:30 PM May 02, 1961 on CBS

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  • Rich old Mr. Rutherford wants to marry Charlotte, his junior by forty years; her avaricious boyfriend urges her to do it, for the old man will be dead in a year at the most. But matrimony seems to revive him...


    A story spanning some twenty-five years, this is a trenchant account of shifting emotional ties. Charlotte doesn't want to marry the old man in the wheelchair, she wants to marry Mark, the dashing salesman - she doesn't realise, as we immediately do, that he's shallow and greedy and no good for her. At his insistence, she does marry the old man, who gives her a pearl every year on their wedding anniversary - and instead of dying, as she and Mark expect, he gives her enough pearls to make a necklace before finally expiring at age 90. Charlotte, now 50, has long since realised what Mark is really like, and has also, somewhat to her surprise, grown close to her husband; her revenge on Mark is just a little shocking.