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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Episode complete credited cast:
Himself - Host
Dorothy Stickney ...
Cissie Enright
Joanna Enright
Herbert Brenner
Ted Stanhope ...
Bank Teller


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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18 November 1956 (USA)  »

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(RCA Sound Recording)

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1.33 : 1
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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 »


[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)
Lyrics by Thomas Dunn English
Music by Nelson Kneass
Performed by Dorothy Stickney
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Enjoyable Light Relief
3 April 2007 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Two spinsters (Carmen Matthews and Dorothy Stickney) and have agreed to sell their house to a property developer (Ray Collins) but, regretting it, plan to kill him.

This episode is a very light hearted black comedy, as is clear from the incidental music. No psychological tension or heart-stopping suspense here, just a fun ride. The pace is maintained throughout - it never drags. The three main actors are all well suited to their roles. Carmen Matthews' part is similar to the one she played 4 episodes earlier (Kill with Kindness), though here she is a little more human, and the story itself is much more satisfying.

I didn't find the story predictable, and there was at least one surprise turn in the plot.

As with many of these episodes, this is one where you really could do without the obligatory "no-one must get away with a crime" epilogues which I dread even before Hitchcock opens his mouth. Still, it's better there than in the story itself.

So, sit back and enjoy...

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