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The World's Oldest Motive 

A philandering husband decides to improve his situation by having his overweight and frumpy wife killed. When he tells his girlfriend about the plan, she is outraged, and he desperately tries to stop the murder.

Director:

Harry Morgan

Writers:

Lewis Davidson (teleplay), Larry M. Harris (story)
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Cast

Episode cast overview:
Alfred Hitchcock ... Himself - Host
Henry Jones ... Alex Morrow
Linda Lawson Linda Lawson ... Fiona McNiece
Robert Loggia ... Richard Schausak
Kathleen Freeman ... Angela Morrow
Dee J. Thompson Dee J. Thompson ... Miss Rice
Joseph Mell Joseph Mell ... Jamieson
Susan French ... The Cleaning Woman
Kai Hernandez Kai Hernandez ... The Hatcheck Girl
Shawn Michaels Shawn Michaels ... The Drinker
Syl Lamont Syl Lamont ... The Waiter
Tom J. Stears Tom J. Stears ... The Taxi Driver (as Tom Stears)
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A philandering husband decides to improve his situation by having his overweight and frumpy wife killed. When he tells his girlfriend about the plan, she is outraged, and he desperately tries to stop the murder.

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Language:

English

Release Date:

12 April 1965 (USA) See more »

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Production Co:

Shamley Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Old Theme, Hitch Variation
23 March 2016 | by dougdoepkeSee all my reviews

When jowly, aging Alex (Jones) hooks up with luscious young Fiona (Lawson), we know something's up. After all, this is Hitchcock. Trouble is Alex has an aging plump wife (Freeman) that Fiona doesn't know about. But when Fiona finds Alex is married she cuts him off. Now it looks like Alex is stuck; that is, until slickster Shausak (Loggia) arrives to offer him a super efficient solution to his problem.

It's an okay episode with the usual spiral toward an ironic payoff. There's quite a bit of padding, especially with the extended Alex-Shausak interview in the washroom, of all places. But, as usual, the entry benefits from excellent casting. A familiar face from that era, Jones combined first-rate acting skills with an unmistakable Basset hound face. Add that fine utility actress Kathleen Freeman as the dowdy wife, and their scenes together are little gems of toothless sharks.

All in all, it's a decent, if padded, variation on a familiar premise, done up Hitchcock style.


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