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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Himself - Host
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Nell Snyder
Carl Benton Reid ...
Capt. King Snyder
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Suse
Joel Fluellen ...
Jessie
E.J. André ...
The Preacher (as E.J. Andre)
Lila Perry ...
Numa
Eileen Baral ...
Eva Snyder
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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 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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11 January 1965 (USA)  »

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leaves a lasting impression
18 February 2007 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

When I was about ten I saw this episode in the UK. Like some of the others, from this series, I never forgot it but this one stood out the most. I think it mad a huge impact on me ( as a child, and I probably should not have been allowed to watch it, on reflection) and influenced the sort of drama I have been interested in since. One thing, I do not know where I can get this DVD in the UK and would really like to find out, if anybody wants to post a comment on where I should look?

The story involves, as I remember it, a small girl who has an imaginary friend and her mother (or perhaps her guardian) has very little patience with her. The way the plot unfolds was done in a near perfect fashion and the usual Hitchcok type twist was done with pure genius. Fabulous TV and I can't think of another film that had a similar effect on me apart from the brilliant 'Don't Look Now'.


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