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Death and the Joyful Woman 

The secretary of a wine baron murders when her dream of marrying him is shattered.


John Brahm


James Bridges (teleplay), Edith Pargeter (novel) (as Ellis Peters)


Episode cast overview:
Alfred Hitchcock ... Self - Host
Gilbert Roland ... Luis Aguilar
Laraine Day ... Ruth
Laura Devon ... Kitty Norris
Tom Lowell ... Dominic Felse
Don Galloway ... Al Aguilar
Raymond Greenleaf ... The Doctor
Richard Bull ... The Butler
Andy Romano ... The Assistant
Jack Sahakian Jack Sahakian ... The Man
Frank Overton ... George Felse




The secretary of a wine baron murders when her dream of marrying him is shattered.

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Uneven entry
11 June 2013 | by HEFILMSee all my reviews

Written/adapted by later writer director JAMES BRIDGES, this promises more than it delivers. Nothing much happens for most of the episode and then the suspense is sort of bungled in the final segment. Gilbert Roland is quite good as the ugly father. There is one nice crane shot towards the end otherwise it's rather flatly directed by John Brahm. It might not be easy to turn an early drinking contest into a suspense or dramatic scene but Brahm doesn't even try. But it's the story that doesn't allow for anything to really happen until far too late in the game.

There are a number of sets including an impressive wine cellar. The dialogue is natural but unmemorable as are the characters other than Roland and his wife. The suspense involves--and I won't ruin it-- so let me say it involves a sort of ticking clock type device and the problem is the clock keeps showing the same time of day even though many minutes are passing by in the story. This may have been a production design problem but regardless it's poorly staged.

There is also one pretty big coincidence that occurs, also to help set up suspense in the final 15 minutes. So for a suspense show where there isn't any suspense for most of it and then what there is isn't done very well can't be a total success--to say the least. Roland is the chief reason to watch this one.

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12 April 1963 (USA) See more »

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