Alfred Hitchcock Presents: Season 2, Episode 8

Conversation Over a Corpse (18 Nov. 1956)

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Cissie Enright is not exactly thrilled with the idea of poisoning the real estate man. But her sister, Joanna, insists that it's the only way.

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Cissie Enright is not exactly thrilled with the idea of poisoning Mr. Brenner, the real estate man. But her sister, Joanna, insists that it's the only way. Otherwise, he is going to take the house from them. Cissie reluctantly poisons the tea. Mr. Brenner arrives with no idea what is in store for him. But things don't go as Joanna or Cissie had planned either. Written by J. Spurlin

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Cissie cries, "She mustn't!" and puts her right hand to her throat. In the next shot, she's covering her throat with her left hand. See more »

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[first lines]
Cissie Enright: [singing snatches of a song] Who laughed with delight... You... frown... In the old churchyard... Gave her a smile... And trembled... And alone...
[Joanna enters]
Cissie Enright: Oh, it's you, Joanna.
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Ben Bolt (Oh, Don't You Remember)
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Lyrics by Thomas Dunn English
Music by Nelson Kneass
Performed by Dorothy Stickney
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Watch out for a band of old ladies!
10 November 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is entirely tongue in cheek. It involves a couple of elderly sisters. One of them quite dominating and the other rather passive. Enter a man played by Ray Collins (Lt. Tragg from Perry Mason). He wants their property and won't take no for an answer. They decide that they should kill him. The entire episode is a series of efforts to do away with the man while he sits there and listens. He is paralyzed for much of the episode. As time goes along, the sister that seems like the mouse begins to assert herself. It leads to a satisfying conclusion. It's best if you don't take this one too seriously.

The byplay between the two sisters and Collins' pleading are quite comical. I think a great deal of charm comes from the two women's cold bloodedness. They don't seem to care that they are about to murder someone, only how to do it.


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