Alfred Hitchcock Presents: Arthur (1959)

Genres - Mystery  |   Sub-Genres - Anthology Series [TV]  |   Run Time - 30 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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Season five of Alfred Hitchcock Presents gets under way with a darkly humorous character piece, directed by Hitchcock himself. Laurence Harvey heads the cast as Arthur Williams, a fairly prosperous New Zealand poultry farmer. Ever since he was jilted by his sweetheart, Helen (Hazel Court), Arthur has vowed to remain a bachelor. When the avaricious Helen comes back into his life, Arthur tries to explain that he is "set in his ways" and not interested in matrimony. Not long afterward, Helen vanishes without a trace, compelling the police to pay a visit Arthur's farm. Though the cops can find no signs of foul play, it is obvious to the viewer that a certain amount of "fowl" play has occurred.