Alfred Hitchcock Presents

Season 3 Episode 28

Lamb to the Slaughter

Aired Sunday 9:30 PM Apr 13, 1958 on CBS



  • Trivia

  • Quotes

    • [Closing Narration]
      Hitchcock: [in a supermarket] Well that's the way the old meatball bounces. As for Mary Malone, she would have gone scott-free if she hadn't tried to do in her second husband the same way. Unfortunately, he was the forgetful type and had forgotten to plug in the freezer. The meat was as soft as jelly. Speaking of plugs, that is precisely what our sponser wants to do for his product. After which I'll wheel back...[Commercial Break]... And now ladies and gentlemen those of us who work in television have a technical term for this part of the program. We call it 'The End'. Next week we shall be back with another story. [Horn sounds] I must be going. I can't risk another ticket. Good night.

    • Mike: [as the policemen eat] No one's found the weapon.
      Jake: Doc says its probably some sort of a club.
      Policeman: You mean like a sheleighly or something?
      Jake: Well something heavy anyway. It must have weighed about eight or nine pounds.
      Policeman: Whoever did it, is not going to carry a thing like that around longer than they need.
      Mike: Personally, I think its here on the premises.
      Jake: Well for all we know, it might be right under our very noses.

    • Patrick: Now we have to be sensible about it all. Calm and sensible. I'll arrange for the divorce. Naturally, you can have the baby when it comes. You'll have some money. Sorry, I can't give you a lot. But you'll get along alright.
      Mary: I'll get you you're supper.
      Patrick: Get what?
      Mary: Yes, you must have your supper darling. I wouldn't ever let you go without your supper...

    • [Opening Narration]
      Hitchcock: [in a Supermarket with a police officer giving him a ticket] He gave me this ticket for blocking an aisle during the rush hour. I don't understand, I was in the slow lane. I just stopped a moment at the condiment shelf where the store is having a get acquainted sale on [holding up a box] 'Low Calorie Calories'. Tonight's play is not unrelated to this mileau. It is called 'Lamb to the Slaughter'. But before we see it, the store has asked that I direct your attention to their very best bargain...

  • Notes

    • This episode is based on the short story "Lamb to the Slaughter" by Roald Dahl. This story was first published in Harper's (September, 1953).

    • 1958 Emmy Nomination: This episode garnered Roald Dahl an emmy nomination for Best Writing of a Single Program of a Dramatic Series (Less Than One Hour).

    • 1958 Emmy Nomination: This episode garnered Alfred Hitchcock an emmy nomination for Best Direction of a Single Program of a Dramatic Series (Less Than One Hour).

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