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A Bottle of Wine 

Judge Connors shares amontillado and civilized conversation with the young architect about to steal his wife. But the quality of his mercy is strained.


Herschel Daugherty


Stirling Silliphant (teleplay), Borden Deal (story)


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Episode complete credited cast:
Alfred Hitchcock ... Self - Host
Herbert Marshall ... Judge Connors
Robert Horton ... Wallace Donaldson
Jarma Lewis ... Grace Connors


The Judge and Wallace Donaldson sit in the former's drawing room, drink amontillado and have a painfully civilized conversation. What makes it painful, on both sides, is that young Mr. Donaldson is about to take away the old judge's young, beautiful wife. The tense meeting is not made more relaxing by the Judge's quotations from Aristotle and Plato. It's even less relaxing when the Judge takes out his pistol. Written by J. Spurlin

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Jarma Lewis (Grace) retired less than a year after this showing at the age of 26. See more »


Judge Connors claims to have spent his entire life in Wisconsin, a fact that hardly sits well with the upper-class English accent of the actor who plays him, Herbert Marshall. See more »


[first lines]
Judge: Oh, Grace.
Grace: Hello, Judge. I came to get my clothes.
Judge: So you're going. You're really going after all.
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7 April 2016 | by dougdoepkeSee all my reviews

Heavily talky episode that takes place in a single parlor room. Virile young Wallace (Horton) has come to the aging Judge's (Marshall) domain to escort the Judge's lovely young wife away from him and into Wallace's arms. Oddly the older man welcomes the young Lothario, and thus begins a long and uncomfortable conversation as Wallace cannot help feel ill at ease. Yet, the Judge seems completely self-assured. So where is this leading and what accounts for the Judge's odd attitude toward a man stealing his wife.

No wonder the producers hired expert gentleman Herbert Marshall for the key role. Watching him subtly put down the handsome interloper using his rather snobbish ways amounts to an exercise in civilized mayhem. Still, Horton responds ably with the kind of facial ticks that speak volumes. The ending seems more confusing than clarifying, so take the 30-minutes more as a theatrical exercise than a compelling drama.

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Release Date:

3 February 1957 (USA) See more »

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Shamley Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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