Features Peter Lorre. Peter plays Herman, a professer of biology who is digging in the basement to prepare his devils garden, a type of orchid garden. His wife is upset over the whole idea. She is a bit of a nag who pushes him along in her plans, and to get ready for their trip to America.
The henpecked and slightly absent minded man has had enough. He flirts with a sales gal over some books he ordered on orchids. The man begins to undermine his wife’s plans to make their trip, and be back for Christmas. As he pursues his love interest on the side, he puts into motion events that cause his wife’s death.
A few friends stop in for a last minute farewell. He has his own plan to kill his wife, and drop her in the hole in the basement. He makes the sea voyage, claiming his wife is too ill to leave the cabin. Once in New York, he meets his new love interest, they marry and travel as man and wife. Now with no plans to ever return, he enjoys his life and freedom to live on the spur of the moment.
His freedom comes to an end as his dead wife’s tightly woven plans comes to haunt him. He gets a telegram, as though from the grave that proves that he will indeed be back home for Christmas.