One year after Mr. and Mrs. Borden were brutally murdered, reporter Nell Cutts tries to interview Lizzie Borden and her sister Emma about the killings.



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Himself - Host
Polly Rowles ...
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Margaret (as Pat Hitchcock)
Wendy Winkelman ...
Little Child (as Wendy Winkleman)
Kay Stewart ...


One year ago, Mr. and Mrs. Borden were brutally murdered in their home, and it is widely believed that their daughter Lizzie committed the crimes, even though she was tried and acquitted. Lizzie and her sister Emma are still living in the same home, but Emma now plans to leave on a vacation to rest her nerves. The sisters' housemaid Margaret is also planning to leave, to avoid being alone with Lizzie. As Emma and Margaret discuss their plans, a woman arrives at the door, and introduces herself as a newspaper reporter. Emma desperately tries to get the visitor to leave, but the pushy reporter insists on questioning Emma about all of the details of the murders, bringing Emma to a state of near hysteria. In the midst of their confrontation, Lizzie herself comes down the staircase, and immediately takes control of the situation. Written by Snow Leopard

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22 January 1956 (USA)  »

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Himself - Host: [Hitchcock stands there holding an ax] This is an ax. I say this for the convenience of those of you whose television tubes may have burned out. I wish to reach the largest possible audience.
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Hitch Meets Lizzie Borden
7 February 2016 | by (Claremont,USA) – See all my reviews

As I recall, this is one of the episodes that helped put the series on the TV map, probably because it's an imaginative take on a legendary double murder. So why did Lizzie Border take an axe and give her parents 81-whacks. Well, a breakfast of cold mutton does sound like it could addle the brain. Just the thought makes me gag. Anyway, to find out why, we're given lots of talk and few scene changes. Happily, strong acting and direction do a lot to compensate. Basically, the story's a drawing room drama with gripping undercurrents. On the cast side, I especially like Joan Loring as the innocent looking Emma, Lizzie's sister.The baby-face actress had a short but stellar career in 40's noir. Then too, Carmen Mathews is commanding as the intimidating Lizzie, while Polly Bowles is duly tricky as the inquiring reporter. In fact, for 30-minutes there's not a man in sight, which strikes me as unusual for the time.

I doubt that any other series could have gotten away with the ending, which is one reason many of us were drawn to the format at the time. Note too that Hitch doesn't balance the scales in his epilogue. Rather, we're left with a contemplative fade-out that seems ironically appropriate given the case's actual history. Anyway, it's a riveting character study, courtesy sedate New England, 1892.

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