Alfred Hitchcock Presents

Season 1 Episode 8

Our Cook's A Treasure

Aired Sunday 9:30 PM Nov 20, 1955 on CBS
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Our Cook's A Treasure
A real state agent becomes obsessed with finding out if his new cook is a serial killer who poisons her victims.

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  • Man becomes convinced that his new cook is a serial poisoner, and that he is her next victim.

    Fair, but in the long run, nothing special tale. The \'twist\' is okay, but not one of the show\'s better ones.

    BTW, the episode title is \"Our Cooks a Treasure\", not \"Our Cook\'s Treasure\". The DVD set got this wrong on the box, and on the episode guide on the DVD itself, but the other title is clear as day on the episodes title card. The title also makes a lot more sense considering the plot.moreless
  • Predictable, but still entertaining.

    This episode (from 1955) has a formulaic and predictable plot. Nevertheless, it\'s very entertaining and a bit of fun.

    While this was not one of the best episodes of the series, the acting was good and the suspense was sustained right up to the \"gotcha!\" ending. For a 1950s TV show, the cinematography was interesting (mirror shots, an unsual deep focus close-up at the end, and interesting angles).

    Hitchcock\'s lead-in was a bit longer than usual and well worth it. It\'s interesting how, seconds after viewing a suspense drama, you find yourself chuckling from the 45 seconds of Hitchcock that follows.moreless
Everett Sloane

Everett Sloane

Ralph Montgomery

Guest Star

Janet Ward

Janet Ward

Ethel. Montgomery

Guest Star

Beulah Bondi

Beulah Bondi

Mrs. Sutton

Guest Star

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  • QUOTES (3)

    • Ralph: I don't know why a woman can't understand that a man likes his newspaper in virginal condition!

    • (Opening Narration)
      Alfred Hitchcock: (Sitting at a desk with three glasses of wine in front of him, labeled "X", "Y", and "Z".) Oh, good evening. No, I'm not drinking on the job. Not for pleasure at any rate. I am an amateur wine taster. A friend suspects that someone has been tampering with his wine. Of course, there's no use going through the trouble of a laboratory test when any self-respecting gourmet can detect impurities. (He tastes wine "X".) Nothing wrong here. A very fine Burgundy, a Romani Conti, I would say. (He tastes wine "Y".) This is Muscatel. Home made, no doubt. The do-it-yourself craze knows no bounds. (He tastes wine "Z".) Something foreign has been added. A large quantity, too. Anyone could have detected. But exactly what? (He drinks all of wine "Z".) I have it. Arsenic. I wish I had more. It's very good, really. That is, if you like a very dry wine. While you wait to see what possible effect this may have on me, you may watch our dramatization of one of Dorothy L. Sayers' stories.

    • (Closing Narration)
      Alfred Hitchcock: That was a warm and touching little fable, wasn't it? The kind of story that gets you right here. Oh, about my wine-tasting. I'm afraid I was very much mistaken about brand "Z". You will be relieved to hear there was nothing wrong with it. Nothing had been added. You see, it wasn't wine. It was mosquito spray. The arsenic belonged there. Apparently, the mosquitoes prefer their spray very dry. Next week at this same time I shall invade your living rooms again, provided your television set holds up. Good night.

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