Alfred Hitchcock Presents

Season 5 Episode 1


Aired Sunday 9:30 PM Sep 27, 1959 on CBS

Episode Recap

Arthur Williams is a reclusive chicken farmer. His fiancee Helen comes to him one evening and informs him that she is leaving him - to marry his friend. Cold and contempt towards him, Helen tells him that she detests the farm and would much rather travel and dine out and enjoy life. Arthur releases her from her obligation to marry him but warns her that her new man is no good. He decides to settle into life as a confirmed bachelor, cynical towards marriage, enjoying ordered life on his self-contained chicken farm. A year later, Helen returns, having been jaded by her good-for-nothing husband who has kicked her out without so much as a penny. Arthur finds her incessant chatter and habits madly annoying. When Helen declares that she'd "rather be dead" than face the humiliation of him not helping her, he strangles her. The police suspect Arthur, but cannot find the body though they thoroughly search the farm. Later, Arthur offers them a gift for their troubles: chickens. The chickens are quite fat from a special feed that was made up, in part, from his former girlfriend's body.