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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Margaret Leighton ...
Nell Snyder
Carl Benton Reid ...
Capt. King Snyder
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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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Unforgettable Classic
11 October 2006 | by (Waterford,Michigan) – See all my reviews

I remember seeing this episode when I was five. That is how strong of an impression it left. Some thirty plus years later I read a collection of short stories that involved horror and children, which this story was part of. I knew it was the same that I had seen as a kid and the hunt was on. I finally found the episode and bought it. The episode involves a spinster aunt who basically has no time or patience for an orphaned child's imaginary friends and make believe world and tries to put an end to it. She soon learns why she should have listened and been a little more receptive to her niece's imaginary world and make-believe friends. If you can find this episode get, it since it ranks up there with the memorable "The Unlocked Window" and others. The old master Hitchcock, while most famous for his intrigue and murder mysteries in TV and film, could also do a nice nasty horror episode as well. This episode will haunt you, especially with its ending.


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