Alfred Hitchcock Presents

Season 4 Episode 19

The Morning of the Bride

Aired Sunday 9:30 PM Feb 15, 1959 on CBS

Episode Recap

Helen Brewster is a brand new bride, waking up on the morning after her nuptials. She smiles as she watches her new husband from the window, who is out in the garden. Anxious to finally meet her mother-in-law, she gazes at the woman's photo and reminisces over the past several years.

On the first night she was to see Philip's mother, he had come alone and then told her that his mother was sick and that he had been drafted to go to Korea.

After Philip returns from overseas and months go by, Helen again wishes to see Philip's mother. On the advice of her roommate, Helen tells him that she must leave him as he keeps putting it off, month after month. Philip is beside himself, and tells her that they should get married right then and there. They do so and return to Philip's house, which is the mansion owned by his mother. In the morning, Helen finally approaches the room of Philip's mother. She isn't there. No one is there. She sees a newspaper clipping that reveals that she has been dead for seven years. Philip then enters the room. He talks to an empty rocking chair as if his mother were still alive. Helen screams in horror at the disturbed person she has just taken "for better or for worse."

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