Alfred Hitchcock Presents

Season 2 Episode 1

Wet Saturday

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Aired Sunday 9:30 PM Sep 30, 1956 on CBS
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A vulnerable man is pinned with a murder he did not commit.

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  • Mr. Princey will do anything to protect his family name from scandal - even covering up a murder committed by his deranged daughter.

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    The English class system - something Hitchcock really knew about - is at the centre of this extremely droll tale. Cedric Hardwicke's character really despises his family - dull wife, idiotic son and desperate, sex-starved spinster daughter - but the Princeys have always lived in the big old house outside the village and he believes firmly that they have a position to maintain. So when the daughter murders the man she was infatuated with, he naturally works out an elaborate scheme to put the blame elsewhere. The good manners of the English haute-bourgeoisie count for little when murder's afoot, but the ritual of afternoon tea is nonetheless maintained. Incidentally, the murder victim in John Collier's story is a clergyman, but here he's a schoolteacher - censorship, maybe?moreless
Cedric Hardwicke

Cedric Hardwicke

Mr. Princey

Guest Star

Kathryn Givney

Kathryn Givney

Mrs. Princey

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Tita Purdom

Tita Purdom

Millicent 'Millie' Princey

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John Williams (II)

John Williams (II)

Capt. Smollet

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    • Millie: I wish I was dead!
      Mr. Princey: Yes, unfortunately that wouldn't help matters now.

    • Closing Narration
      Alfred Hitchcock: I presume that that story was to indicate that blood is thicker than water. I always find it heartwarming to see a family standing shoulder to shoulder in the face of adversity. Unfortunately, the authorities were not thrilled by this sight, and were seen tossing about such phrases as "obstructing justice," "accessory after the fact," "murder in the first degree…" (shakes his head) Very nasty. The Princeys received substantial sentences. You see, unfortunately Captain Smollet played the game. When the police arrived, he insisted on his innocence, thus confusing poor Millicent to such an extent that she re-enacted the crime with her father as the victim. Broke the croquet mallet. (Turns to his teapot) I believe I'll have another. (pours from what looks to be a creamer) No more vermouth. Oh, well, fortunately there are plenty of olives (takes an olive from what appears to be a sugar bowl and then swallows) That was exceedingly dry. Next week, we shall be back at the same old stand. Please drop in again. Good night.

    • [Opening Narration]
      [As we begin, the camera pans to an easel with a sign that reads "MOVED TO A NEW LOCATION". It continues to pan till we see Alfred lying on a shelf next to a tea set.]
      Alfred Hitchcock: Oh, good evening. I'm so glad you found me. As you can see, our, uh, new quarters are rather modest, but we like the location and thought the change might do us good, also. And now, if you don't mind, I would like to indulge in an old American custom. No matter how busy they are, or what the surroundings may be, Americans never omit this quaint ritual. If you don't care to join me, I think you'll find our play is about to begin on one of the lower shelves.

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