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Lamb to the Slaughter 

When Mary Maloney's police chief husband is found murdered, the police investigate and have a hard time trying to find the murder weapon.


Alfred Hitchcock


Roald Dahl (teleplay), Roald Dahl (story)

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Episode complete credited cast:
Alfred Hitchcock ... Himself - Host
Barbara Bel Geddes ... Mary Maloney
Harold J. Stone ... Lieutenant Jack Noonan
Allan Lane ... Patrick Maloney
Ken Clark ... Mike - Policeman assistant
Robert C. Ross Robert C. Ross ... Forensic doctor
William Keene ... Fingerprint policeman
Thomas Wilde Thomas Wilde ... Photographer policeman (as Thomas Wild)
Otto Waldis ... Sam


Mary Maloney is a devoted wife and an exceptional housekeeper. One day, her husband, the police chief, announces that he wants a divorce because he has met another woman. Mary is quite angry and kills him with a blow from a frozen leg of lamb. She calls the police and provides an alibi for herself with the story that she'd been out to the store when the murder took place. The investigating officer, Lieutenant Noonan, is further frustrated when he cannot find the murder weapon. Written by Anonymous

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Release Date:

13 April 1958 (USA) See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


In the following season's offering Alfred Hitchcock Presents: Cheap Is Cheap (1959), a hit man describes having seen this TV program, and thinks it was a good way to bump someone off. See more »


Himself - Host: Well, that's the way the old meatball bounces. As for Mary Malone, she would have gone scott-free if she hadn't tried to do in her second husband the same way. Unfortunately, he was the forgetful type and had forgotten to plug in the freezer. The meat was as soft as jelly. Speaking of plugs, that is precisely what our sponsor wants to do for his product, after which I'll wheel back.
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Himself - Host: And now, ladies and gentlemen, those of us who work in television have a technical ...
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Referenced in Women of the House: Dear Diary (1995) See more »

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I Love ALL of the Alfred Hitchcock Presents Episodes!!!!
6 August 2017 | by kittycatpauseSee all my reviews

I love the Lamb to the Slaughter one too, but honestly every episode of Alfred Hitchcock Presents was just great!

I love b/w TV and movies as well. I love all the Twilight zone episodes too, ahhhh back then they made great TV. Too bad TV is not like that now, now you see guts everywhere, blood splattering, rape you name it; back then the censors forced TV and movies to use a lot of imagination and cool techniques to create feelings of horror or eeriness and sexuality. there was so much more creativity back then!

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