Alfred Hitchcock Presents

Season 1 Episode 23

Back for Christmas

Aired Sunday 9:30 PM Mar 04, 1956 on CBS

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  • An Alfred Hitchcock Directed Episode!

    This episode has Alfred Hitchcock directing, which wasn't a common occurance for the TV show. This show was made during the height of Hitchcock's movie career. It is a wonderful little story about a British man whose wife is accompanying him to the United States as he writes for the movies. She is very particular about everything and drives him crazy with her fastidiousness and attention to details he doesn't care about. She is determined to have them return by Christmas and always is punctual to a fault. The husband digs the floor of their basement up claiming to want to finish it so that it can become a wine cellar. She doesn't realize it is to become her grave and believes that it would be best finished professionally. The husband does kill her but finds himself still imprisoned by her fastidiousness and punctuality even in death. I couldn't help wondering if it was a humorous reflection on his wife and his move to the United States in the late 30s.