Alfred Hitchcock Presents: Season 3, Episode 26

Bull in a China Shop (30 Mar. 1958)

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A handsome homicide detective is befriended by four old ladies who invite him for tea and proceed to play out a variation of Arsenic and Old Lace for his benefit.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Himself - Host
Dennis Morgan ...
Miss Hildy-Lou
Elizabeth Patterson ...
Miss Bessie
Miss Samantha
Ida Moore ...
Miss Birdie
Joe Downing ...
Kramer--Detective (as Joseph Downing)
Paul Maxwell ...
Lab Technician


A handsome homicide detective is befriended by four old ladies who invite him for tea and proceed to play out a variation of Arsenic and Old Lace for his benefit. Written by Anonymous

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Arsenic indeed
7 January 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Clever spin on the classic comedy, "Arsenic and Old Lace," "Bull" features four little old ladies who call in their neighbor, a handsome homicide detective, to check out a corpse on their couch. Turns out the corpse was yet another little old lady, and the coroner discovers she was poisoned with arsenic. The detective questions the four spinsters, and decides the poor woman's death was accidental, since the ladies keep the arsenic (rat poison) next to their sugar supply in the cupboard. Shortly after, they call him in again, and this time, one of the four is dead, also from arsenic poisoning. This time, the detective figures one of the three survivors is a murderer, but which one? The immortal Estelle ("The Magic Sword") Winwood, with her goggly eyes and crooked smile, is delightful as the landlady of the house and Dennis Morgan handles his Cary Grant-ish role with the proper finesse. A must-see for fans of the 1944 movie that starred Grant.

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