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Alfred Hitchcock Presents

Season 1 Episode 24

The Perfect Murder

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Aired Sunday 9:30 PM Mar 11, 1956 on CBS
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Two twisted brothers scheme to obtain their inheritance a little sooner by killing their aunt.

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  • A terrifically written episode! Good acting too!

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    The finale of this episode had me laughing out loud. Two brothers are in line to inherit money on the death of an elderly aunt. The question is how to hasten and achieve her death. Will it be ok if one of them lives off her money while she is living, or must she be killed off sooner? What happens to the brother who isn't living off of the aunt and is suffering? What is the best method of death? These questions and more must be answered in this episode and it ends up being as amusing as can be. I've noticed I enjoy the episodes more if I go through the episode guide rather than the play all feature. There is a brief description of the episode as well as the names of the directors and writers. It helps me prepare for the the story.moreless
Hurd Hatfield

Hurd Hatfield

Paul Tallendier

Guest Star

Hope Summers

Hope Summers

Marie Tallendier

Guest Star

Mildred Natwick

Mildred Natwick

Aunt Rosalie

Guest Star

Philip Coolidge

Philip Coolidge

Henri Tallendier

Recurring Role

Walter Kingsford

Walter Kingsford

Pierre

Recurring Role

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    • Paul: Why don't we drink to our Aunt Rosalie. (Lifts his glass) To wish the dear old lady godspeed into the next world!

    • (Opening narration)
      Alfred Hitchcock: (Has a knife in his back) Oh, good evening, ladies and gentlemen and welcome to Hollywood. I think everyone enjoys a nice murder, provided he is not the victim. Well, tonight's little comedy of bad manners is concerned with that dream of all of us who harbor homicidal tendencies: the perfect murder. Of course, to be serious for a moment, there is no such thing as a nice murder or a perfect murder. It is always a sordid, despicable business. especially if you don't have a good lawyer.

    • (Closing narration)
      Alfred Hitchcock: As for the eventual outcome of tonight's crime, the case was later re-opened and Henri, arrested and convicted of violating the Pure Food and Drug Act. He had used an inferior grade of glass. We shall have our next performance of another play one week from tonight. Oh, yes. Normally, I detest sentimentality. But I must leave you with this little thought for the day. Never turn your back on a friend. Good night.

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