The Alfred Hitchcock Hour: Season 3, Episode 13

Where the Woodbine Twineth (11 Jan. 1965)

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After Eva Snyder becomes an orphan, she comes to live with the elderly Mississippi riverboat Captain King Snyder and his old maid daughter Nell. While the Captain is piloting his boat, Nell... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview:
Himself - Host
Margaret Leighton ...
Nell Snyder
Carl Benton Reid ...
Capt. King Snyder
Joel Fluellen ...
E.J. André ...
The Preacher (as E.J. Andre)
Lila Perry ...
Eileen Baral ...
Eva Snyder


After Eva Snyder becomes an orphan, she comes to live with the elderly Mississippi riverboat Captain King Snyder and his old maid daughter Nell. While the Captain is piloting his boat, Nell finds it difficult to govern Eva, who constantly talks to imaginary friends whom Eva believes are real, including Mingo and her father Mr. Peppercorn. When the Captain returns, he presents Eva with a gift--a black doll named Numa. Nell hears Eva chatting and playing with Numa, but suspects that it is a child from the neighborhood. Eva warns that if Nell takes Numa away, Eva will trade places with Numa and go to the idyllic place "Where the Woodbine Twineth." When Nell puts Numa on top of the player piano, Eva steals Numa away, and the piano mysteriously plays by itself. Nell finds Eva in the backyard with a black girl playmate, and Nell chases the girl away, warning her to never return. Then Eva disappears. When Nell finds a doll in Numa's box that looks exactly like Eva, she tearfully realizes ... Written by Lew Amack

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Creepy Episode
24 November 2007 | by See all my reviews

Just like the previous reviewer said, this episode affected me permanently after seeing it. I was 8 years old and I never forgot Numa being put on top of the player piano, which would start by itself. Most episodes of The Alfred Hitchcok Hour were about cops and robbers, which was very boring to a child of 8 years old. This is one of the final episodes and I seriously doubt this will ever be released to the public due to political incorrectness. The people responsible for banning "Amos 'n' Andy" and "Walt Disney's Song of the South" would no doubt prevent the release of this episode too, for the same reasons. I too found a DVD-R copy of it on the Internet. If you haven't seen this and are into movies/TV shows dealing with the supernatural, I strongly recommend getting this. The one i have is about a 6 to 7 in quality, on a scale of 1 to 10, but the impact is still there. The immortal music of Bernard Herrmann makes it even the more creepy. Hitchcock was the truly the "master of horror" and his ability shines through with this brilliant episode.

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