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The Second Wife 

A mail order-bride begins to believe her husband killed his first wife and wants to kill her as well.


Joseph M. Newman


Robert Bloch (teleplay), Richard Deming (story)


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Episode cast overview:
Alfred Hitchcock ... Himself - Host
June Lockhart ... Martha Peters / Martha Hunter
John Anderson ... Luke Hunter
Alice Backes Alice Backes ... Helen Fiske
Eve McVeagh Eve McVeagh ... Sylvia Boggs
Jim Boles Jim Boles ... Reverend Gilfoyle
Gertrude Flynn ... Peggy Gilfoyle
David Fresco ... Sam Ogle
Vincent Chase Vincent Chase ... Pawnbroker


A mail order-bride begins to believe her husband killed his first wife and wants to kill her as well.

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Release Date:

26 April 1965 (USA) See more »

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Shamley Productions See more »
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1.33 : 1
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A Marriage Not Made in Heaven
3 June 2015 | by dougdoepkeSee all my reviews

The plot line may be spare along with the two-person cast, but the 60-minutes manages real suspense. Poor Martha's (Lockhart) a lonely-hearts bride, while Luke's (Anderson) her gruff, rough-hewn intended. Trouble is Luke apparently doesn't know how to display tenderness toward the needy Martha. He's more fumbling than ardent, which Anderson brings off well. Then too, as reviewer Maxwell points out, his dwelling is one of the ugliest, coldest, most inhospitable hovels in TV annals. Martha tries to make the best of it, but then finds out about the suspicious death of his first wife. But more ominously, why's he's digging in that dank cellar and what's in the coffin-like box; plus, why were his first words to her about her bankbook. In short, Lassie's mom is in big trouble.

Fine acting from both principals, though Lockhart's a bit too attractive to be convincing. And for TV, that unusual double-bed scene makes sense, otherwise we might wonder if the two ever got together. Brisk pacing by director Newman prevents the sparse plot from dragging. Also, there's the thunderous scoring that insists something bad may happen any moment. Anyway, good ironic ending showing there was still life left in that final year.

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