Alfred Hitchcock Presents

Season 1 Episode 29

The Orderly World of Mr. Appleby

Aired Sunday 9:30 PM Apr 15, 1956 on CBS
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The Orderly World of Mr. Appleby
Lawrence Appleby will do anything to keep his antiques shop, even murder.

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  • Mr. Appleby likes everything neat and tidy - including the murders he commits.

    Robert H. Harris was one of the actors who kept on turning up on this series - every season seemed to find a part for him. He was usually cast as fussy little fellows with a streak of obsessiveness which could turn nasty. Here, as the antiques dealer Mr. Appleby, he just wants to be surrounded by beautiful things, and he gets very annoyed when other people intrude upon his world with such trivial things as demands for money. Marriage seems to suggest a way out of Mr. Appleby's financial problems, but this, too, isn't the orderly business he wants it to be. Harris was an excellent actor, and conveys most amusingly the rage of an aesthete who would rather avoid the sordid world we all live in.moreless
Michael Ansara

Michael Ansara


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Louise Larabee

Louise Larabee


Guest Star

Gage Clarke

Gage Clarke


Guest Star

Robert H. Harris

Robert H. Harris

Laurence Appleby

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  • QUOTES (3)

    • Gainsboro: Remember, she's a woman. And I believe they're all very much alike.
      Mr. Appleby: Yes. I believe they are.

    • (Opening Narration)
      Alfred Hitchcock: Good evening, ladies. Has your husband recently acquired a faraway look in his eyes? In the event something unforeseen happens to you, do all of your worldly goods go to him? Is he, at this moment, nervously excusing himself from the room? If you have answered "yes" to all the above questions, you receive a score of one hundred. A gold star for neatness. And my advice to leave for mother's immediately. That is, immediately after the conclusion fo our program. Our story tonight is called, "The Orderly World of Mr. Appleby." Unfortunately, It will do nothing to relieve your fears. If that is what you want. If you want contentment, security, peace of mind, listen to this advice from our friendly philosopher.

    • (Closing Narration)
      Alfred Hitchcock: Oh, well, the bigger they come, the harder they fall. By the way, what you have just seen, is of historical significance. It was in precisely this way that a housewife carrying an armload of vegetables, invented the tossed salad. Now, before I say goodnight, my ah... sponsor would like to bring you an important message. I needn't tell you to whom it is important. (Fade to commercial)
      Alfred Hitchcock: That concludes our entertainment for tonight. Once again, through a propaganda play we have attempted to make the world a better place in which to live. I'm confident that tonight, we have struck a telling blow, in the cause of wall-to-wall carpeting. Goodnight.

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