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"Alfred Hitchcock Presents" There Was an Old Woman (1956)

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Alfred Hitchcock Presents: Season 1: Episode 25 -- A couple, desperate for cash, plan to rob a senile, old woman. Charles Bronson guest stars.
Alfred Hitchcock Presents: Season 1: Episode 25 -- A couple, desperate for cash, plan to rob a senile, old woman. Charles Bronson guest stars.


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Original Air Date:
18 March 1956 (Season 1, Episode 25)
Dishonest Frank and Lorna Bramwell visit the home of wealthy, eccentric Monica Laughton, with the intention of robbing her. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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"That's tellin' em Winwood See more (4 total) »


 (Episode Cast) (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)

Alfred Hitchcock ... Himself - Host

Estelle Winwood ... Monica Laughton

Charles Bronson ... Frank Bramwell

Norma Crane ... Lorna Bramwell

Dabbs Greer ... Theodore the Milkman
Emerson Treacy ... Deli Manager

Episode Crew
Directed by
Robert Stevenson 
Writing credits
Marian B. Cockrell (teleplay) (as Marian Cockrell)

Jerry Hackady (story) and
Hal Hackady (story) (as Harold Hackady)

Produced by
Joan Harrison .... associate producer
Cinematography by
Reggie Lanning (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Edward W. Williams 
Art Direction by
Martin Obzina 
Set Decoration by
James Redd  (as James S. Redd)
Makeup Department
Jack Barron .... makeup artist
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Richard Birnie .... assistant director
Sound Department
Earl Crain Jr. .... sound
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Vincent Dee .... wardrobe supervisor
Editorial Department
Richard G. Wray .... editorial supervisor
Music Department
Stanley Wilson .... music supervisor
Crew believed to be complete

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Additional Details

USA:30 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Did You Know?

The title is the first line of the nursery rhyme about the woman who lived in the shoe.See more »
Alfred Hitchcock:Good evening. I have a request for those of you who are not watching television: Please turn on your set. I'm sure I look much worse in the flamboyant Technicolor of your imagination than I do in the austere black and white of television.See more »


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6 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
"That's tellin' em Winwood, 17 September 2006
Author: hodgespodges2003 from United States

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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