Alfred Hitchcock Presents: Season 1, Episode 17

The Older Sister (22 Jan. 1956)

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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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Episode complete credited cast:
Himself - Host
Polly Rowles ...
Nell Cutts
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: Did she seem a trifle overwrought to you? She did to me. But then I react in precisely the same way whenever I hear a child singing Davy Crockett. Being more civilized than Lizzie, I don't go about hitting tables. I hit the child instead, not with the ax of course but in a nice way.
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They Should Have Axed for Help!
8 October 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is a character study and had a little different feel to it than some of the other episodes. Of course, it's about the case of Lizzie Borden who was accused, then acquitted of the murder of her mother and father with an ax. This takes place a year after the trial, as Lizzie and her sister are holed up in their family home, dealing with the constant bombardment of reporters and nosy people. Children chant around their house and make their lives miserable. Enter a really offensive newspaper reporter who will not take no for an answer. She digs and digs and actually puts herself in harm's way. There is an interesting twist. There are some theories about these murders that involve questionable evidence gathered after the event. I'm sure police departments at the time had rather primitive means of collecting such evidence. Anyway, like most Hitchcock offerings, we are treated to a different perspective and a pretty well done little film.

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