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The Festive Season 

A bitter man continues to live in a dark old mansion with his controlling sister, whom he believes killed his wife, while openly planning her murder.


Arthur Hiller


James P. Cavanagh (teleplay), Stanley Ellin (story)


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Episode complete credited cast:
Alfred Hitchcock ... Himself - Host
Carmen Mathews ... Celia Boerum
Edmon Ryan ... Attorney John
Richard Waring ... Charlie Boerum
Benny Baker ... Al - Bartender


Charlie Boerum has been carrying on a long standing feud with his sister Celia because he believes that she killed his wife. When the family lawyer shows up on Christmas Eve to make an attempt to reconcile the two, he discovers that they are still squabbling. He also discovers that they are also planning each other's murder. Written by Anonymous

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Release Date:

4 May 1958 (USA) See more »

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Shamley Productions See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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More Curious Than Suspenseful
19 April 2011 | by dougdoepkeSee all my reviews

Rather sour entry with weak payoff. Feuding brother and sister in same household conspire against one another over strange death of brother's wife. It's a talky 30-minutes with basically only a single set. Fortunately, the small 3-person cast comes through with the series strength of good performances, especially Ryan as the on-looker and Mathews as the sister.

The episode manages some suspense— actually more like curiosity—over undercurrents among the characters; however the plot is more character study than involving story. In fact, the humorous Hitchcock wraparound may be the best feature. In my book, it's an unfortunately lesser entry.

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