Alfred Hitchcock Presents – “The Orderly World of Mr. Appleby”

Alfred Hitchcock Presents Season 1 DVD

Original Air Date: April 15, 1956
Starring: Alfred Hitchcock, Robert H. Harris, Meg Mundy
Directed by: James Neilson

Cat Out of the Bag Alert!  This review contains some spoilers for this episode!

Synopsis: Mr. Laurence Appleby (Robert H. Harris) is an obsessive compulsive antiques dealer who would rather kill his wives for their money than sell his precious treasures.

Kitty Cameo: After marrying the rich Martha Sturgis (Meg Mundy) to save his store, Mr. Appleby is shocked to come home one evening to find an orange tabby cat sitting in a chair.

Alfred Hitchcock Presents - The Orderly World of Mr. Appleby - orangy tabby cat Dicky on chair

Appleby’s former wife had always wanted a cat but he had forbidden it, saying they destroy everything. Mr. Appleby calls for Martha and asks her what that is. She says the cat’s name is Dicky.

Alfred Hitchcock Presents - The Orderly World of Mr. Appleby - Martha Meg Mundy holding orangy tabby cat Dicky with Appleby Robert H. Harris

Martha then goes on to explain that she won’t be giving Mr. Appleby any more money, as she’d rather have him lose the store and spend more time around the house with her.

Alfred Hitchcock Presents - The Orderly World of Mr. Appleby - Martha Meg Mundy holding orangy tabby cat Dicky with Appleby Robert H. Harris

Alfred Hitchcock Presents - The Orderly World of Mr. Appleby - Martha Meg Mundy holding orangy tabby cat Dicky with Appleby Robert H. Harris

The finally straw is when Martha says she is going to feed Dicky the cat and nonchalantly uses a china dish to do so.

Alfred Hitchcock Presents - The Orderly World of Mr. Appleby - Martha Meg Mundy holding orangy tabby cat Dicky and dish with Appleby Robert H. Harris

Final Mewsings: Cats have as much right to eat from china as people.

Many thanks to Ted Davis who spotted this Television Tabby for us!


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