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"The Alfred Hitchcock Hour" Where the Woodbine Twineth (1965)

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James Bridges (teleplay)
Davis Grubb (short story)
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Original Air Date:
11 January 1965 (Season 3, Episode 13)
After Eva Snyder becomes an orphan, she comes to live with the elderly Mississippi riverboat Captain King Snyder and his old maid daughter Nell... See more » | Add synopsis »
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 (Episode Cast) (in credits order)

Alfred Hitchcock ... Himself - Host
Margaret Leighton ... Nell Snyder
Carl Benton Reid ... Capt. King Snyder

Juanita Moore ... Suse
Joel Fluellen ... Jessie
E.J. André ... The Preacher (as E.J. Andre)
Lila Perry ... Numa
Eileen Baral ... Eva Snyder

Episode Crew
Directed by
Alf Kjellin 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
James Bridges  teleplay
Davis Grubb  short story

Produced by
Norman Lloyd .... executive producer
Original Music by
Bernard Herrmann 
Cinematography by
John F. Warren (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Douglas Stewart 
Art Direction by
Alexander A. Mayer 
Set Decoration by
John McCarthy Jr.  (as John McCarthy)
Perry Murdock 
Makeup Department
Virginia Darcy .... hair stylist
Bud Westmore .... makeup artist
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Donald Baer .... assistant director
Sound Department
Melvin M. Metcalfe Sr. .... sound
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Vincent Dee .... costume supervisor
Editorial Department
David J. O'Connell .... editorial department head
Music Department
Stanley Wilson .... music supervisor

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Oliver Barrett  story (one episode)
George Bellak  story (one episode)
Andrew Benedict  story (2 episodes)
John Bingham  story (2 episodes)
Nicholas Blake  story (one episode)
Robert Bloch  story (4 episodes)
Robert Branson  story (one episode)
Thomas H. Cannan Jr.  story (one episode)
Avram Davidson  story (one episode)
Lewis Davidson  story (2 episodes)
Amber Dean  story (one episode)
Richard Denning  story (one episode)
Francis Didelot  story (one episode)
Nigel Elliston  story (one episode)
Lee Erwin  story (one episode)
Kenneth Fearing  story (one episode)
Richard Fielder  story (one episode)
Celia Fremlin  story (one episode)
John Garden  story (one episode)
Andrew Garve  story (2 episodes)
C.B. Gilford  story (one episode)
Robert Gould  story (one episode)
Larry M. Harris  story (one episode)
Elizabeth Hely  story (one episode)
James Holding  story (one episode)
Randall Hood  story (one episode)
S.B. Hough  story (one episode)
Clark Howard  story (one episode)
W.W. Jacobs  story (one episode)
Selwyn Jepson  story (one episode)
Veronica Parker Johns  story (one episode)
Henry Kane  story (2 episodes)
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Hilda Lawrence  story (one episode)
Richard Levinson  story (one episode)
William Link  story (one episode)
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John D. MacDonald  story (one episode)
Margaret Manners  story (one episode)
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Emily Neff  story (one episode)
Helen Nielsen  story (one episode)
V.S. Pritchett  story (one episode)
Jack Ritchie  story (2 episodes)
Samuel Rogers  story (one episode)
Arthur A. Ross  story (one episode)
Sidney Rowland  story (one episode)
Mann Rubin  story (one episode)
Charles Runyon  story (one episode)
Henry Slesar  story (7 episodes)
Boris Sobelman  story (one episode)
Julian Symons  story (one episode)
Robert Twohy  story (one episode)
Gabrielle Upton  story (one episode)
Douglas Warner  story (one episode)
H.G. Wells  story (one episode)
Hugh Wheeler  story (one episode) (as Patrick Quentin)
Ethel Lina White  story (one episode)
Cornell Woolrich  story (one episode)
John Wyndham  story (one episode)
James Yaffe  story (one episode)

Film Editing by
David J. O'Connell 
Sound Department
John C. Grubb .... sound
Ronnie Rondell Jr. .... stunts
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Additional Details

48 min
Aspect Ratio:
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I finally found it, 21 September 2014
Author: rocketXpert from WI, USA

Judging by most of the reviews I've seen, this episode made an indelible impression on a lot of people when they watched it as children. You can count me among that number. However, I didn't see the entire episode or even most of it. At best, I only saw a couple minutes, and yet that was sufficient to stick with me to this day. Since the advent of the internet, I've made attempts to track down whatever it was I saw, looking through the episode descriptions of various older anthology series. The Alfred Hitchcock Hour was one I never considered, however, since I wasn't aware that it ever delved into the supernatural.

I could not have been more than three at the time. What I remember watching is this: A woman finds her little girl sitting in front of the davenport, talking to her "imaginary friends," most of whom have unusual sounding names. When the woman looks under the davenport, there's nobody there, and the distraught little girl accuses the woman of chasing her friends away. At that point, my Mom turned off the TV, probably fearing it was too frightening for me. She may have been right; the little girl's performance was unnerving, and at that age, I was easily scared; I was even freaked out by certain stuff I saw on Sesame Street (ie, Kermit chasing Grover while wearing fake teeth).

Despite the danger to my tender young psyche, I sort of wish my Mom had let me watch the entire thing. In a way, the damage had already been done; that one scene was eerily intense enough that it never left me, and I spent many years not knowing what I'd seen and wondering what happened next. I'm not sure if those decades of uncertainty were any better than the risk of an even greater childhood trauma.

One thing seems pretty certain. If I had seen the rest of the episode when I was little, it would definitely have made a much bigger impact on me than it did when I finally managed to watch it last night.

I was so excited to have stumbled upon the thing that I'd been trying to find for so long. I turned off the lights and prepared to be creeped out. But I'm not quite as easily frightened these days, and I suppose nothing could match over three decades' worth of expectations.

The ending is good, though while it might have emotionally scarred the three year old me for life, watching it now, I just found it rather predictable and not nearly as upsetting as the ending to some other episodes of this show I've seen. Some reviews I've read elsewhere suggest that voodoo is at play here- one person even referred to the doll the girl receives as a voodoo doll. Why? Because it's black? Seems like a somewhat racist assumption. I thought it was kind of cool that this little white girl would become enamored of a black doll, though I don't for a second think it was a colorblind choice; rather, when the ending comes, the racial difference helps make things abundantly clear that something magical has occurred. Anyway, if voodoo folklore involves wee folk who live under furniture and ride on frogs, this is the first I've heard of it.

Speaking of which, if this had been a half hour episode, all the stuff about the little people that only the girl could see- the part I remembered so vividly- could have easily been cut out without it affecting the rest of the plot. Also, what's with the disagreement the servants have about the ham she asked him to get from the smoke house? She insists she told him, but he insists he would have remembered. It can't be there for no reason, but it's never explained either. All of it hints at something strange going on, and is supposedly tied together in a way the audience isn't meant to fully understand, but the story feels a bit padded or disjointed as a result.

It's often been said that what is left up to the imagination is scarier than what you are actually shown. That's definitely true in this case. Thinking about the brief snippet I saw as an impressionable child was far creepier than seeing the episode in full as a jaded adult.

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