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Where the Woodbine Twineth 

After Eva Snyder becomes an orphan, she comes to live with the elderly Mississippi riverboat Captain King Snyder and his old maid daughter Nell. While the Captain is piloting his boat, Nell... See full summary »

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Alf Kjellin

Writers:

James Bridges (teleplay), Davis Grubb (short story)
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Episode cast overview:
Alfred Hitchcock ... Himself - Host
Margaret Leighton ... Nell Snyder
Carl Benton Reid ... Capt. King Snyder
Juanita Moore ... Suse
Joel Fluellen Joel Fluellen ... Jessie
E.J. André ... The Preacher (as E.J. Andre)
Lila Perry Lila Perry ... Numa
Eileen Baral ... Eva Snyder
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After Eva Snyder becomes an orphan, she comes to live with the elderly Mississippi riverboat Captain King Snyder and his old maid daughter Nell. While the Captain is piloting his boat, Nell finds it difficult to govern Eva, who constantly talks to imaginary friends whom Eva believes are real, including Mingo and her father Mr. Peppercorn. When the Captain returns, he presents Eva with a gift--a black doll named Numa. Nell hears Eva chatting and playing with Numa, but suspects that it is a child from the neighborhood. Eva warns that if Nell takes Numa away, Eva will trade places with Numa and go to the idyllic place "Where the Woodbine Twineth." When Nell puts Numa on top of the player piano, Eva steals Numa away, and the piano mysteriously plays by itself. Nell finds Eva in the backyard with a black girl playmate, and Nell chases the girl away, warning her to never return. Then Eva disappears. When Nell finds a doll in Numa's box that looks exactly like Eva, she tearfully realizes ... Written by Lew Amack

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Language:

English

Release Date:

11 January 1965 (USA) See more »

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Mono

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1.33 : 1
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Himself - Host: This evening, in addition to a pie-eating contest, we are presenting a story entitled "Where the Woodbine Twineth" or, as our network insists on calling it, "WT2."
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Genuinely eerie one-of-a-kind Alfred Hitchcock Hour episode
20 May 2014 | by john_p40See all my reviews

Saw this two nights ago (May 18, 2014) on MeTV and WHOA - I wasn't familiar with the episode and didn't know where it was leading the viewer. I felt four separate cases of chills crawl up my spine and settle on my neck. (There is something that's too creepy about lonely little girls interacting with their doll and invisible playmates.) The lead, Margaret Leighton, an actress trained on the British stage who won two Broadway Tony Awards, was spot-on convincing portraying the caring-but-baffled "spinster" aunt and primary caregiver of her overly imaginative young niece. There is strong character support from Juanita Moore (remember 1959's "Imitation of Life"). The story is set in early 1960's South (probably Lousiana or Mississippi) where racial segregation was the policy. And the fact that a young white blonde girl is so attached to her African-American doll only adds to the dissonance and disconnect between niece and her aunt. I'm not going into plot points; there are plenty spread across other reviews, but trust me, you won't easily forget this episode. (And, oh, that final fade-out.)


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