Alfred Hitchcock Presents

Season 2 Episode 22

The End of Indian Summer

Aired Sunday 9:30 PM Feb 24, 1957 on CBS
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An old woman is under investigation by her insurance company when she is about to get married for a third time after her previous husbands have died mysteriously.

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  • Old Mr. Fieldstone and the delightful Mrs. Gillespie are keen to get married. But which one is planning to murder the other?

    The focus of this episode is squarely on the insurance investigator, played by Steve Forrest, who is convinced that the pleasant Mrs. Gillespie has made a habit of bumping off her husbands (rather like the real-life George Joseph Smith, the "brides-in-the- bath murderer"). This is perhaps a mistake, for we have too much time, as we follow his discoveries, to spot holes in the story and to wonder why no-one ever got suspicious of this lady before. However, when veteran character actor James Gleason turns up as her new intended, the episode shifts focus and ends with a stylish twist - you'll quickly guess why Mr. Fieldstone is so intent on matrimony, but it's a charming denouement all the same.moreless
Gladys Cooper

Gladys Cooper

Marguerite Gillispie

Guest Star

Steve Forrest

Steve Forrest

Joe Rogers

Guest Star

James Gleason (I)

James Gleason (I)

Howard Fieldstone

Guest Star

Philip Coolidge

Philip Coolidge


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    • [Closing Narration]
      Alfred Hitchcock: (still in his fishing gear) Theirs was truly a marriage of December and December. It ended in a draw with no one the winner except the insurance companies. And now for the epilogue of tonight's story - after which, I'll scamper back. [(pause for commercial break)] We have now passed another tombstone on television's highway to culture. Please join us next week when we continue on our pilgrimage. Good night.

    • Mrs. Gillespie: It's strange about rooms. The moment you walk into them, you know.

    • Mrs. Gillespie: I'm old enough not to mind being old-fashioned.

    • Sam: (after instructing Joe to investiage Mrs. Gillespie) Take your wife along.
      Joe: My wife? Why?
      Sam: Well, if our Mrs. Gillespie is such a femme fatale, you're going to need the protection.

    • Joe: Ever hear of "coincidence," Sam?
      Sam: It's my least favorite word.

    • [Opening Narration] Alfred Hitchcock: (dressed in fishing gear and holding a rod) Sh-h-h. (camera pans back and the audience can see that the fishing line is dangling in a bathtub. Hitchcock reels in the line and there is nothing on the hook.) I can't understand it. Of course! How stupid of me. I forgot to put in the water. I must do that at once if I want to catch anything today. (pretends to turn on a faucet) All of this is not as absurdly irrelevant as you might think. If you listen very closely, you will hear the words "bath tub" mentioned in tonight's script. Of course, other topics are mentioned which we could have discussed. For example, the story is about marriage. However, I don't feel that marriage should be discussed on television. It's too controversial. No question about it, we are much safer with a bath tub. And now, in a moment, is tonight's opera boufe - "The End of Indian Summer." Like all stories, it has a great deal of romance in it. But watch for that bath tub.

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