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One for the Road 

A former nurse learns that when her husband is away on business trips, he's seeing another woman.


Robert Stevens


Robert C. Dennis (teleplay), Emily Neff (story)


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Episode complete credited cast:
Alfred Hitchcock ... Himself - Host
John Baragrey ... Charles Hendricks
Georgann Johnson ... Beryl Abbott
Louise Platt ... Marsha Hendricks
Mickey Kuhn ... Ellerbee (as Michael Kuhn)


Charles Hendricks is happy. At home, he has a doting wife. On business trips, he has a doting mistress. Things only become difficult for him when his wife finds his mistress's cigarette lighter. She's not a jealous woman and makes little of it. But that first clue to his infidelity leads to another. And finally she knows. Unknown to him, his wife takes a trip to meet the other woman. She pretends to be collecting old clothes. But her real goal is far more sinister. Written by J. Spurlin

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Release Date:

3 March 1957 (USA) See more »

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Production Co:

Shamley Productions 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?


The title refers to the last alcoholic drink the patron has before he or she leaves the bar, restaurant or his or her host's residence. Also a line in the song "One for My Baby (and One More for the Road)" that is a popular song written by Harold Arlen and Johnny Mercer for the 1943 musical "The Sky's the Limit" (1943) and a standard sung by Frank Sinatra. See more »


In the last scene when she hands him the coffee cup, it is less than half full. When he hands it back and she puts it down on the tray and adds the sugar, it is full again. See more »


[first lines]
Charles Hendricks: Marsha?
Marsha Hendricks: I'm coming, darling.
Charles Hendricks: Where are my cigarettes?
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Vintage Hitchcock
10 June 2010 | by dougdoepkeSee all my reviews

Smug, suburban husband cheats on his long-suffering wife.

Vintage Hitchcock. It's a stellar cast, but I particularly like Louise Platt as the dowdy, put- upon wife. Her eyes are especially expressive. Watch her emotions run the gamut from abject devotion to hardened resolve, all in convincing fashion. Her character is the epitome of the wronged woman. Actress Platt had an odd, abbreviated career that peaked with the classic Stagecoach (1939), but she definitely had the talent as demonstrated here.

And what a perfect two-timing louse Baragrey makes. There's enough oil in his performance to create a major spill. Wondering how poetic justice will eventually deal with his smug self- absorption is worth waiting for. And Georgeann Johnson as the blonde "other woman" creates a surprisingly sympathetic character who also believes in one last chance.

Anyway, in my book, this is classic 50's Hitchcock, with its suggestion of criminal potential among non-criminal types as mundane as a suburban family. It's an episode that may also make you think twice about that last cup of coffee.

(In passing—if you were the law, how would you apportion guilt. Seems to me like it's something of a legal conundrum, given the facts of who did what.)

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