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December 09, 2007

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Grigs

I saw the "Alfred Hitchcock Presents" version of this on TV and thought it was great, but the Peter Lorre version you posted is far superior. I can just feel Hubert's frustration and growing insanity. Hermione is so annoying that I felt like burying her in the basement myself. And Miss Marcum is just the opposite...absolutely loveable. I really enjoyed this.

Cameron Estep

I have to say this is one of my personal top favorite episodes to hear because Peter Lorre is one of my favorite actors. I first heard this story on Escape and I thought it was a good one because Eleanor Audley captures the shrill and domineering qualities of Hermione until she meets her grim and yet to me well-deserved end. Later I heard the first two Suspense versions and out of both of them the 1943 version with Lorre is terrific and he does a fantastic job of the meek and mild-mannered professor who then becomes mad with frustration and hatred for his shrewish wife. When he goes mad at the end I was literally getting the shivers. I finally did read the short story and was shocked at how the husband dispatches his wife. I also saw the Alfred Hitchcock Presents TV version with John Williams as Herbert and Isabel Elsom as Hermione and thought Hitchcock did a very good job filming the dark yuletide story. Glad to see others enjoy this story

Christine A. Miller

Hi Cameron,
Thanks for your comment. I agree with you -- especially about Eleanor Audley! Happy holidays, Christine

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