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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Himself - Host
Margaret Leighton ...
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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Emblazoned in my Memory for 30 yrs.
26 September 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I first saw this episode when I was only 10 yrs old ,I didn't remember if it was Hitchcock, Twilight Zone, or Outer Limits, then I had been TIVOing the Alfred Hitchcock Hour off the Encore Suspense channel and watched this episode the other night, first time in over 30 yrs and it all came rushing back to me after the scene with the umbrella poking under the couch for her imaginary friends ,it was like a tidal wave of memories and I remembered the twist ending before they even showed it, it haunted me for years as a kid. This is definitely an atypical episode for Hitchcock, you half expect Rod Serling to walk out from behind the bushes and give his epilogue at the end because this was definitely more in the wheelhouse of a Twilight Zone episode than a Hitchcock. Well acted, well written, disturbing and haunting, as the saying goes " they just don't make them like this anymore " The dolls' resemblance to the little girl and facial expression at the end were so eerily accurate and creepy they will haunt your mind forever.


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