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Surely giving each of the copious seasons of Alfred Hitchcock’s presents their allotted time to discuss would take more than a couple of posts to complete. However with Halloween approaching and the thrill of the season being too much for a lot of us, why not share a couple favorites that otherwise might go unnoticed. Each proving that more is not necessarily needed in order to capture suspense and great story telling as the intro and outro by Hitchcock himself offer a dose of humor with a side of murder.

The Cheney Vase (1955): Directed by Robert Stevens Written by Robert Blees
Starring: Patricia Collinge as Martha Cheney & Darren McGavin as Lyle Endicott

Hell hath no fury like a woman denied her own bidding. Saying appearances can be deceiving simply wouldn’t do the justice that Mrs. Cheney receives in the end. Due to her forceful and new assistant who believed he could pull one past her when he should have been giving credit where due. The deliveries was great as she displayed the ending shelves and smiled to herself at her own victory.

The Sorcerer’s Apprentice (1962): Directed by Joseph Lejtes Written by Robert Bloch
Starring: Diana Dors as Irene Brandon De Wilde as Hugo David J. Stewart as Sadini

What’s a secret love affair to do but seek out revenge and plan on having an impaired child posed for the crime? Taking in a boy found laying out and feeding him falsified information they thought would benefit themselves in the end. To find that while action was taken, it was certainly not in the manner they saw fitting.

Mr. Blanchard’s Secret (1956): Directed by Alfred Hitchcock Teleplay by Sarett Rudley
Starring Robert Horton as Mr. Fenton Dayton Lummis as Mr. Blanchard Mary Scott as Mrs. Fenton

Curiosity killed…the housewife. Or did it? Cooped up all day writing certainly seems good for the creative mind. Just not so for the sane one as Mrs. Fenton seemed an expert at letting her mind wonder, while conjuring up story after story as to what could possibly be going on next door. The outcome yielding disheartening results as her husbands thoughts of her turned out to be rather on point all along.

Lamb to the Slaughter (1958): Directed by Alfred Hitchcock Written by Roald Dahl
Starring: Barbara Bel Geddes as Mary Maloney and Allan Lane as Patrick Maloney

Whose to say what a normal reaction to ones husband leaving his pregnant wife should be. Especially one married to a Police chief that had widely been known to have wondering eyes. Though quick to think on her feet and left with little time to spare, dinner wouldn’t left cold as the officers find their stomachs full with not so much as a hint of where the murder weapon could have ended up.