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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.


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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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Very Good Macabre Humor See more (5 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 »
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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18 out of 22 people found the following review useful.
Very Good Macabre Humor, 6 March 2006
Author: Snow Leopard from Ohio

"There Was An Old Woman" devotes its entire screen time to the kind of macabre humor that was such an enjoyable part of so many episodes of this television series. The deceptively light feel of the episode conceals some grim truths that lie underneath, and it succeeds very well in carrying off some markedly offbeat story ideas. The writing, production, and acting are all of very good quality.

Estelle Winwood is wonderful as a very pleasant but decidedly delusional woman, with the habit of planning imaginary funerals. Charles Bronson and Norma Crane work well together as an unscrupulous couple who hear about her wealth and invade her home, only to find it necessary to respond to a weird and unexpected situation. Bronson is particularly effective in sometimes showing scorn and incredulity towards the elderly woman's delusions, and at other times trying to think along with her, to turn the situation to his advantage.

The story is written and told with careful pacing, and it includes a simple but plausible explanation for everything. The ending is gruesomely ironic, and the main story is framed very neatly by the two visits from the stoic milkman (played by Dabbs Greer), which contain some clever parallels. It's a very offbeat episode, and it would be understandable if it is not to everyone's taste. But for those with a morbid sense of humor, it could prove quite enjoyable.

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