Alfred Hitchcock Presents (1955–1962): Season 6, Episode 26 - Coming, Mama - full transcript

Lucy Baldwin rushes home when she hears her mother has taken ill but by the time she arrives, her mother seems fine. It seems that her mother is very possessive and the doctor confirms to Lucy that her mother faked the attack only because she was out with her friend, Arthur. It seems that her mother has done this before and Arthur, who very much wants to marry Lucy, tells her she has only until the next day to choose between him or her mother. Desperate to get out of her predicament Lucy decides to take drastic action, but with unanticipated results.

Good evening.

Tonight we have another
treat for those,

of you who enjoy a
peek behind the scenes.

I?m sure most of you imagine
that years of thought and work,

go behind the creation of a
television situation comedy series.

You are absolutely correct.

However modern science has managed
to distill and concentrate,

all this work into
this small package.

'Instant situation comedy'.
All you do is to add water.

You don't even have to stir.

Contains the ingredients for a complete
cast together with recorded laughter,

and a large supply
of the following:

retorts witty, replies devastating,

quips modest, reproof parental,

mohs ball, and takes double.

All that is necessary is to slice
the results into 39 segments.

That is what I would term
a population explosion.

I better come in with
you. You may need me.

I?ll never forgive myself if
anything's happened to her.

-Mrs Evans what's happened?
-It's all right Lucy she's fine.

-Hello. -Is the doctor here?
-She insisted that I call him.

It might not have been necessary
but I thought I?d better humor her.

-Thank goodness you were here.
-I just stopped by I thought you might,

-like a little company.
-Oh thank you very much.

-Oh what are neighbors for?
-Lucy is that you?

-Coming mama. -I wait down
here. -Yes you better.

Don't look so frightened
dear I?m all right now.

-Are you sure mother?
-Perfectly sure.

-Isn't that right dr Larson.
-Quite right.

You see? Did you have
a nice evening dear?

-It was all right.
-How's Arthur? -He's fine.

And his mother. She hasn't been
to see me for the longest time.

Well she lives so far out in the country,
mother, Arthur scarcely ever sees her himself.

She's such an active woman.

Must be wonderful to be able
to get around like that.

-Can I get you something mother?
-Well a cup of tea would be nice.

I?m sure dr Larson
would like some coffee.

No thanks I must be getting
on, good night mrs Baldwin.

-Thank you doctor.
-I didn't do a thing.

-Good night Lucy.
-I?ll see you to the door I?ll be right back mother.

She is all right
isn't she, doctor?

You know as well as I Lucy
that she didn't have an attack.

It was staged for your benefit.

Because I was out with Arthur?

Because you were out at all.

Lucy if you take my advice
you'll stop giving in to her,

you can't stay cooped up in
this house 24 hours a day.

I feel so guilty if anything
happened to her here alone.

Nothing's going to happen to her.

It's about time you started thinking
of yourself young lady.

-I think about myself all the time.
-Then stop thinking and start doing.

It's all wrong Lucy, what
are you letting happen.

Well it was a bad day
she was very restless.

Well we'll see to it that
it's not a bad night.

Yeah put one teaspoon in her tea
and she'll sleep right through.

-That way at least you'll get some sleep.
-Thank you doctor.

Now remember one teaspoon
only it's strong stuff.

Good night doctor.

Well satisfied?

Yeah she's all right.

In other words the same old thing
again. Much ado about nothing.

-I?m afraid so. -Well that settles to, Lucy.
I can see you're never going to do,

anything about this all happend.

I?ll have to, I?m not gonna let you
put off our marriage any longer.

-Darling you know I don't want to.
-But you keep on doing it.

Believe me your mother
doesn't need you.

Arthur, she thinks she doesn't.
That's the same thing isn't it?

No no no. You always worry
about what your mother wants.

But what about what you
want. Or what we want.

You see, we're not
children anymore.

You don't have to tell me that.

All right then,

-look darling I?ve tried to be patient.
-I know you have, and I?m very grateful.

Grateful? Well there's
nothing to be grateful about?

I love you and I want to marry
you, but I won't wait forever.

Arthur it won't be forever just
give me a little more time.

No no Lucy,
now I had made up a mind even,

before this happened.
That I was going to,

settle this tonight once and for all.
Now you've got to make a decision.

You either want to
marry me or you don't?

And I want your answer tomorrow,
and I mean it this time.

Don't worry again.

-You shouldn't have bothered dear.
-It was no bother mother.

-Lucy are you angry with me?
-Why should I be?

I don't know but you're certainly
not acting very nicely.

I?m sorry, you were frightened but I
certainly couldn't help having an attack.

Couldn't you?

Well that's a funny thing
to say, of course not.

I did so want you to have a nice
evening not have anything spoiled.

Oh stop it mother,
just stop it.

But what kind of a way is
that for you to talk to me?

You did not want me to have a nice evening
you did not want me to go out at all.

You're tired my dear you
wouldn't talk such nonsense.

Yes, I am tired, I am tired
of pretending to believe you,

when you lie there saying one
thing and meaning another.

Lucy, I?ve never
seen you like this.

Everyone else is running out of
patience today why shouldn't I?

But what have I done?

What you always do mama,

you were perfectly impossible all day
today because I was foolish enough,

to tell you that I was going out this
evening and then to finish it off.

You pretend to have a heart
attack when I come home,

to make me feel guiltier if
such a thing is possible.

What a dreadful thing to say.

I suppose Arthur?s been putting
these ideas into your head.

He doesn't have to I?m not
a fool I just act like one.

I don't think I can't
discuss it anymore.

Tonight you're obviously overall
and I?m not well enough...

You are perfectly
well enough.

I think I?m more capable
of judging that than you.

And more capable than the
doctor mama. He said there,

was no reason for his being
called out here tonight.

-Well that was highly unethical of him.
-No just honest.

Mom don't you see what
you are doing to me?

I am 34 years old, pretty soon
I?ll be 35 and then I?ll be 40.

And I?ll still be right here
I?ll still have nothing.

What did Arthur say to you
tonight to bring all this on?

-It isn't what he said, it's everything.
-What did he say?

He said that he wanted to marry me but
that he wasn't going to wait forever,

-but he was asking me for the last time.
-My dear...

that would be by far the very
best thing that could happen.

-For whom, you?
-No not for me I?m thinking of you.

-You mustn't marry this man.
-Or any man.

-Isn't that what you
mean? -No it isn't.

If he were a suitable man
who was in love with you..

He is in love with me.

Oh my dear don't make me say things
that will hurt you I don't want to.

-I?m only trying to protect you.
-Mama I?m going to marry him.

I must say, it Arthur
doesn't love you.

-It's the money he's after.
-He knows I haven't any money.

He also knows I have.

I actually believe that you'd
say anything to get your way.

Oh think what you like of me but
don't throw away your life like this.

The money comes to you when
I die and I very little time.

-Oh please. -It's true, whether
you believe it or not I know it.

When that happens you can
do as you please but until,

then I won't let you make
this dreadful mistake.

-It is not a mistake.
-Very well then.

If you trust him tell him.

Tell him you'll marry him and
when you do, I'll change my will.

I'll leave everything
I have to charity.

-That won't make any difference.
-And there's no problem.

Tell him, tell him tomorrow.

Or are you afraid to risk it.

-Are you?
-Yes I am afraid.

Look at me, why should
anybody want to marry me now?

Are you satisfied? Is that
what you wanted me to say?

My dear you're a lovely woman.

-Everyone can't be a great beauty.
-As you have reminded me so often mama.

-My dear loose... -Mama I don't care even
if what you say is true, I want him.

I have got to
have someone.

I have been by myself long enough.

-Hello darling. -Oh hello Arthur.

-Are you all right? -Yes I?m
all right. -You're not angry?

-No I?m not angry.
-And you do understand how I feel?

I thought I?m very tired tonight,
I can't,

cope with yours or
anyone else's feelings.

I see. Then I?m to take
it your answer is no.

I didn't say that Arthur, I?m very tired
you'll have to give me a little more time.

No Lucy no more time.

Lucy Lucy, did you hear me?

Yes Arthur
I heard you.

You'll have your answer
tomorrow, good night.

I?m sorry mama, I didn't
mean to lose my temper.

That's all right we all
do one time or another,

it's better than bottling
everything up inside.

-Perhaps it is.
-We forget all about it.

-I know you didn't mean any of those
things you said. -No I didn't.

But you did
didn't you mama.

If you mean about
Arthur I?m afraid I did.

And I don't suppose there's anything that
I could say to make you change your mind.

Not when I know I?m right.

If I was uncertain do you think I?d
have used the threat of that money_

-I didn't enjoy that.
-I?m sure you didn't.

-But you would do it wouldn't you mama?
-I?d have to.

It's for your own good.

Well as you say mama we better
just forget all about it.

-Try not to feel too badly.
-Oh I nearly forgot,

dr Larson left you
some medicine mama.

He thinks you need building up.

-Two tablespoons.
-As much as that?

You can take it your tea mama.
That way you won't even taste it.

Thinks you humoring me?

Leave the trade here.

Good night Lucy.

Lucy Lucy you forgot the sugar.

Oh thank you mrs Evans she got
so annoyed if I forget anything.

Lucy Lucy what is it?

I?m afraid she's gone dear.

She must have been
sicker than we thought.

But mrs Evans she wasn't
sick enough to die.

What are you looking at?

What is the top doing
off this bottle.

I gave her one teaspoon
full that's all.

She was supposed to have and
then and then I closed it.

-I don't understand?
-Why would she take more?

I warned her not to, I told
her what the doctor said.

Mrs Evans why would
mother want to die?

Iif she did it she must
have done it for you.

You were right about your mother
Lucy and we were all wrong.

You said you would never leave
her while she was still alive.

And she wanted you to
marry Arthur and be happy.

You've been so kind
mr Simon everyone has.

Why shouldn't. They be everyone knew
how devoted you were to your mother.

-Well now what are your plans?
-Well I don't really know.

-Arthur wants to get married right away, you know.
-I think you're lucky.

Having such a dependable man
standing by you through all this.

There's still so much to do I haven't even
talked to you about settling the estate.

Oh you don't have
to think about that.

-What do you mean?
-Well I can handle everything without bothering you.

See your mother was a very meticulous
woman she kept all of her bills paid up and,

uh the insurance will
cover the cost of the funeral and,

since the annuity ceases at her death
there's really very little to settle.

-Well yes.

Well you knew that's where your
mother's money came from didn't you?

Yes of course.

Frankly I was against
your father's,

investing his money
in that fashion but,

uh law you can only advise and
your father wanted it that way and,

-so did your mother.
-I?m sure she did.

I beg your pardon.

-I?m sure mother wanted it if father did.
-Oh oh yes of course.

Well they were both so sure that you'd
be married and well taken care of...

-How do you see they were right.
-Yes weren't they.

Well mr Simon you must let me know
if there's anything I have to do.

-Now there won't be a thing. You just invite
me to that wedding. -I will.

-Hello Donna.
-Hello Arthur.

-Well, Simon I guess I?m here just in time
to say goodbye. -Just about.

Goodbye miss Baldwin nice to see you again
mr Clark and good luck to both of you.

Thank you.

-There's something wrong?

You're a lot more cheerful
when I left you last night.

-Come on what is it?
-I don't want to talk about it.

-Well Lucy look...
-Arthur, please.

All right if you don't want
to talk about it you don't.

Well what should we talk about?

Our wedding?

-Arthur I?m still not sure.
-Uh, too late.

-Made all arrangements for Saturday.

That's right, that'll give you
time to shop for the trousseau,

and do whatever
else you have to do.

My trousseau. What am I
supposed to use for money?

-I don't understand?
-Mother's money came from an annuity.

It stopped at her death
there's nothing left for me.

Just like your mother...

-And I bet she didn't tell you
either didn't she? -No.


is that what this is all about?
Is that why you're so upset?

Oh darling what
difference does it make?

I?m not rich but I?m not starving.

Hey wait a minute did you think
it it would make a difference?

Not really but I
was so frightened.

You are silly. Forget
about the money.

Let's talk about
something important.

Like uh where we're
going on our honeymoon.

-Wherever you say.
-All right.

Now let's not plan anything
we'll get in the car.

We'll just drive and drive,
wherever we want to go.

That sounds wonderful
just wonderful.

-Is that you dear?
-Yes mother it's us.

Oh you look lovely I felt so
terrible about missing the wedding.

-Anything that mattered dear?
-My mother, I didn't know you were ill.

You mean Arthur hasn't told you?

Of course he hasn't he didn't want to
spoil your wedding day, did you dear?

-Well mother she's been through so
much lately. -Of course.

Well I had this terrible
fall down the seller's steps.

And here I am, and at my age dear.

It's a serious matter.

-Mother you mustn't think that way.
-What way can I think?

It's terrible to look
forward to bein bedridden.

Doctor has no
idea when this will heal.

Patience patience he
says could be.

I?ll have to be patient
for the rest of my days.

-I?m so sorry mother.

these things happen I
certainly am glad you've,

had so much experience
taking care of your,

own mother and Lucy
dear I want you to know,

how sweet you are to
give up your honeymoon.

You don't mind do you?
Arthur said you wouldn't.

You see he couldn't possibly
afford a private nurse for me.

-Yes I can see that.

this house is plenty big enough for
all of us and now take off your,

things and make some tea and we'll
have our own little celebration.

Just the three of us. Arthur
you show her where to go dear.

Lucy Lucy wait a minute.

-I?m sorry about this.
-Arthur when did your mother have her accident?

-What difference does that mean?
-Was it before mother died?

Well yes I suppose it
was a day or so before.

-A day or so before.

Lucy dear I?m so uncomfortable could
you come and help move me dear.

She must be in great pain we'll have to ask
the doctor for some sleeping medicine for.

-Lucy please, hurry.
-Coming mother.

That may not have been
situation comedy for Lucy,

who was caught on her next try,

but perhaps the rest of
you found it amusing.

I should be back
after the following,

which is designed to sober you up.

Next week our situation comedy
takes place in far off Denmark.

Junior overhears a scrap of conversation
and quite naturally jumps to the conclusion,

that his uncle murdered his father
in order to marry his mother.

This amusing misunderstanding leads to
a great number of hilarious situations.

And to the death of all four
principles. I?m sure you'll enjoy it.

So tune in next week
when we present,

Junior Caesar Ghost. Good night.