Alfred Hitchcock Presents: Wet Saturday (1956)

Sub-Genres - Anthology Series [TV]  |   Run Time - 30 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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Season two of Alfred Hitchcock Presents begins with a droll but sinister little mood piece, directed by Hitchcock himself. Cedric Hardwicke heads the cast as wealthy and powerful Mr. Princey, whose daughter Millicent (Tita Purdom) has just finished murdering her faithless suitor. Determined to protect his daughter and save the family name, Princey decides to frame someone else for the killing. The unlucky patsy is one Captain Smollet (John Williams), to whom Princey extends a "Hobson's Choice": take the rap for the murder or be murdered himself. "Wet Saturday" is based on a short story by John Collier, which had previously been dramatized numerous times on the radio anthology Suspense.