Alfred Hitchcock Presents

Season 1 Episode 23

Back for Christmas

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

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  • Herbert Carpenter buries his murdered wife in the cellar and leaves for America - but will he be "back for Christmas" after all?

    One of the most beautifully-made of all the episodes in this long-running series, and even an improvement on the brilliant John Collier story it's based on - there, Carpenter kills his wife because he's got another woman in the US, but here, he gives no reason and we don't need one; we see, briefly, quite enough of his "well-ordered" marriage to know that his "perfect" wife is a bossy shrew who's made his life a quiet hell for decades and never realised it. The understated wit of the direction finds perfect on-screen expression in the acting of John Williams - he doesn't want much from life, only the freedom to be untidy, casual - and unmarried.