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They Should Have Buried the Daughter
Hitchcoc30 October 2008
Sometimes an episode seems so dumb. Of course, before long you come to realize that the whole thing was done tongue in cheek. This is about the crazy frenetic daughter of a wealthy family. She has murdered her "lover," a schoolmaster and now the family has to deal with it by covering it up. As far as basic morality goes, there's not much to go around in this presentation. They eventually invite a beloved family friend and decide to set him up for the crime. Meanwhile, the daughter, who gyrates and howls, continues to make outrageous statements, bothering everyone. If you want a primer on overacting, watch this. Still, she steals every scene she's in. Don't take this one very seriously and you'll enjoy it a lot more.
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Tita Purdom's performance ruins this one...
MartinHafer29 December 2013
The episode begins with learning that Millicent Princey has murdered someone. Her father (Cedric Hardwicke) insists that for the sake of the family name they MUST hide the murder. However, considering how much Millicent simpers and overacts, I was surprised he wanted to cover up the killing. So, he decides to pin it on a convenient scapegoat, Captain Smollet (John Williams).

Considering that "Wet Saturday" was the premier episode of season two, you'd think it would be a particularly good show. Well, it wasn't. Most of the problem was that Tita Purdom (who played Millicent) was just awful--overacting horribly. You cannot entirely blame her, as the director SHOULD have elicited a different sort of performance with at least SOME subtlety. And, considering that Hitchcock himself directed it, I certainly expected more. A HUGE disappointment.
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Weak start to Season 2
Archbishop_Laud3 July 2013
AH Presents has a handful of settings it rotated through, and this is one of them: upper class twits on the prowl. It becomes apparent early on that a Father is coaching his family on how to cover up a socially-inconvenient murder. The daughter is an irritating pool of tears. IMDb shows the actress as having only about half a dozen jobs in her life. Understandable.

But Cedric Hardwicke isn't bad as faah-ther (AH used him in Rope), and the great John Williams appears. I kind of like the calculating mendacity of the dad. I didn't get the ending at first as my attention was drifting.

Not a good start to Season 2.
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Useless Muddle
karenstar11 September 2019
This episode is so bad. When it ended, I didn't even realize it was the ending. It simply stopped (thank goodness). I don't know what it meant or how the 'plot' was resolved. Ugh.
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A Strange One
telegonus22 June 2017
Warning: Spoilers
Wet Saturday is a strange entry from the Hitchcock Present series, especially as it was the first episode of the second season as well as directed by the Master himself. I can't say it's one of the better episodes of the series but it's an awfully peculiar one, played for laughs; but British laughs are different from American ones, and Americans might be put off by its, well, dryness, the title and climatic conditions featured in the episode notwithstanding.

The story is both complex and slight, and has to do, as Hitchcock stories so often do, with the transference of guilt, in this case more literal than figurative, as the character upon whom the transference is done is innocent of the crime he is being set up to have been the perpetrator of. That he is also a policeman must have been a major attraction for the director when he chose to adapt John Collier's story, as Hitchcock was famously afraid of the police.

There's a tongue in cheek undercurrent to this episode, as is evident in the way over the top performance by the obscure young actress who plays the guilty party, whose overacting could make Bette Davis look like a sleepwalker. Not for all tastes, this entry itself seems to have had its tone transferred from the work of another British director, James Whale, who was still alive when it was made but long since retired from making films.
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