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The Pearl Necklace 

Howard Rutherford is a very rich, elderly gentleman. Out of the blue, he proposes to his young secretary, Charlotte Jameson. He tells her that he is not in good health and that she will ... See full summary »

Director:

Don Weis

Writers:

Peggy O'Shea (as Peggy Shaw), Lou Shaw
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Cast

Episode cast overview:
Alfred Hitchcock ... Himself - Host
Hazel Court ... Charlotte Jameson Rutherford
Ernest Truex ... Howard Rutherford
Jack Cassidy ... Mark Lansing
Michael Burns ... Billy Lansing
David Faulkner David Faulkner ... Older Billy Lansing
Diane Webber Diane Webber ... The Other Woman
Shirley O'Hara ... Nurse
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Howard Rutherford is a very rich, elderly gentleman. Out of the blue, he proposes to his young secretary, Charlotte Jameson. He tells her that he is not in good health and that she will inherit his entire $11 million fortune. Charlotte initially dismisses the idea but her fiancé, Mark Lansing, thinks that a one year delay is very little to pay given the size of Charlotte's potential inheritance. Charlotte eventually marries Howard, who turns out to be in far better health than he let on. Every year on their wedding anniversary Howard gives her a beautiful pearl to add to her ever-growing collection. When Howard finally dies on their 25th wedding anniversary, Charlotte plans on re-marrying but it's not Mark that she has in mind. Written by garykmcd

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 May 1961 (USA) See more »

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Production Co:

Shamley Productions See more »
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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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When Charlotte throws her (usually delicate) wine glass into the fireplace. A shattering glass sound isn't heard. Instead, it sounds more like a large and thick glass. See more »

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Better than expected
19 April 2018 | by talonjensenSee all my reviews

This episode was much better than I expected, the writing is good, the acting even better (for the time) and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

The ending is very predictable once you are slightly over half way through the episode, but it was still nicely done and worth watching.

No writer today would write something like this where some characters seem "happy enough" with their choices without feeling great mental anguish or socially acceptable justice. But, the main amoral character does get lampooned in the end.

The ending actually struck me as comical justice and made me smile in spite of being not entirely "politically correct".


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