Alfred Hitchcock Presents: Season 1, Episode 25

There Was an Old Woman (18 Mar. 1956)

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Dishonest Frank and Lorna Bramwell visit the home of wealthy, eccentric Monica Laughton, with the intention of robbing her.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Himself - Host
Monica Laughton
Frank Bramwell
Lorna Bramwell
Theodore the Milkman
Emerson Treacy ...
Deli Manager


Elderly Monica Laughton greets the milkman, and tells him that another relative of hers has passed away. The milkman then stops at a cafeteria, where he discusses Miss Laughton's wealth and eccentricity with the man at the counter. The conversation is overheard by Frank Bramwell, who then plans to visit Miss Laughton with his wife, so that they can rob her. When they reach her home, they are shown into an empty parlor, where she introduces them to a number of imaginary relatives, and shows them an open, empty coffin. Fearing that she is insane, Lorna Bramwell wants to leave, but Frank sees the situation as an even better opportunity than he'd hoped for - and he is not above using force to get what he wants. Written by Snow Leopard

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18 March 1956 (USA)  »

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(RCA Sound Recording)

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1.33 : 1
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The title is the first line of the nursery rhyme about the woman who lived in the shoe. See more »


Frank Bramwell: [threatening Miss Laughton with a knife] Do you dig up that money right now, or do I use this on you?
Monica Laughton: I haven't quite decided.
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"That's tellin' em Winwood
17 September 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I enjoy watching this episode on DVD. Estelle Winwood is excellent in her believable portrayal of an eccentric and portentous old lady. Charles Bronson plays a boorish golddigger while his wife, played by Norma Crane, is a young, blonde whiner with little understanding of what is actually taking place. The only issue that concerns her is her hunger. The final scenes are somewhat ambiguous when one has to decide whether or not the Winwood character is deliberately trying to poison her houseguests. While making the muffins she is looking for rat poison as she "dialogues" with her cat as to those pesky rodents. Then she asks, "Now where did I put that rat poison?" However it does not seem obvious if she intentionally intended to inform her guests that the muffins were poisonous or not. In one scene Winwood "scolds" Bronson in a manner that many today could not relate to. "You have made me very angry. You are indeed a man without honor". I thought to myself, "That's tellin' 'em".

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