On the Welsh Border, an old man suspected of witchcraft is gruesomely murdered with a hay-fork and bill-hook. The Scotland Yard inspector investigating has to wade through a morass of ... See full summary »

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On the Welsh Border, an old man suspected of witchcraft is gruesomely murdered with a hay-fork and bill-hook. The Scotland Yard inspector investigating has to wade through a morass of superstition to uncover the killer, but when his wife starts having visions of the Black Dog, harbinger of death, the locals focus their suspicions on her. Written by P. Silvestro

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7 February 1961 (USA)  »

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This episode is based on a real unsolved murder that took place in Britain in 1945. Warwickshire resident Charles Watson was killed in a similar manner to the victim in this story (here named Thomas Watson), and apparently for the same reason (suspicion of witchcraft). See more »

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When Kenneth Haigh knocks Alan Napier to the ground, the stunt double is clearly visible. See more »

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A Bit of the Old Witchcraft
15 November 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This concerns a policeman's travels to a quaint village to investigate a murder. When he arrives with his pretty young wife, he finds that he has travelled back in time to a place where the people buy into the burning of witches. The things is, the folks occasionally kill someone and take them to a kind of Stonehenge, a druidic place where they burn the bodies. Because she is dark and beautiful, the locals think she is a witch and become set on making charcoal out of her. As it turns out, there was a murder years before and the implications of that murder are at the center of everything that went on. One of the traits I've noted concerning the police in these episodes is that they are smug and don't listen. This leads to some last minute heroics that shouldn't have been necessary. The atmosphere is good but there are some red herrings that make this much less than it could have been.


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