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New York, 1910. Bookkeeper Al Birch expects the arrival of his sweetheart Edwina from 20 years ago. When she arrives, she is still every bit the lady. But she doesn't come alone.


Robert Stevens


Victor Wolfson (teleplay), Joseph Bates Smith (story)

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Episode complete credited cast:
Alfred Hitchcock ... Himself - Host
Jessica Tandy ... Edwina Freel
Robert H. Harris ... Albert Birch
George Mathews ... Mac McGurk
Mary Wickes ... Mrs. Foster the Landlady
Ellen Corby ... Marie McGurk
Penny Santon Penny Santon ... Italian Tenant


New York, 1910. In a poor neighborhood, a heat wave is making everyone weary and truculent. Meanwhile, Mr. Birch is renting a basement flat for his fiancée, Edwina. She was his sweetheart twenty years ago; now, thanks to a newspaper advertisement she placed, the two have found each other again. He wants everything to be perfect for her arrival, which means, among other things, a dozen roses. She loved roses. It strikes him as a bad sign when he breaks the vase the roses were to go in. The first real sign of trouble is seeing Edwina herself. She's still a beautiful woman and every bit the lady she always was. But she doesn't come alone. She arrives with a bundle in a baby blanket. This first shock gives way to more unpleasant surprises and mysterious behavior from the woman he hopes, at long last, to marry. Written by J. Spurlin

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Release Date:

4 November 1956 (USA) See more »

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Production Co:

Shamley Productions See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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This episode takes place in 1910. See more »


The character Edwina Freel holds a bottle of milk in her left hand and a key to open the door with her right. In the close up the bottle has completely disappeared as she opens the door with both hands. See more »


[first lines]
Mrs. Foster: So, well, then he says he wants new dishes in the cupboards. "New dishes," I says. "Mr. Birch, look, I don't put new dishes in my furnished flats." But no, he insists, "She's got to have new dishes when she moves in."
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Colorful Characters Amidst a Stretch
16 March 2016 | by dougdoepkeSee all my reviews

Except for Broadway star Tandy, it's a great line-up of supporting players from that TV period. For example, catch the colorful two-some (Mathews & Corby) from lower-class heck. I guess they won't be dining with the queen any time soon. Then there's lanky, hawk-nosed Mary Wickes as a Gen. Patton landlady not to fool with. And what's the deal with middle-aged Tandy and Harris. They're getting back together after years apart. Seems like neither gave up a longing for the other. So why then did they part. But now she's got her dead sister's baby, Toby, to care for. Yet Harris doesn't mind, even if no one gets a chance to see the kid kept hidden in its blanket bundle. Besides, Tandy flies off the handle at unexpected times, leaving poor Harris confused and forlorn.

Of course, suspense builds around the unseen Toby and the baby's unpredictable step-mom. But it's really a human-interest tale embodied by Harris's affecting turn. Good to see a story revolve around a homely guy's feelings for a change, especially in the glamour obsessed 1950's. Can't say much for the payoff, however. It's not very plausible if you think about it. Considering the 'rose' symbolism that's gone before, maybe it's supposed to be symbolic of bad luck. Anyhow, the entry's a good chance to catch unsung Hollywood at its colorful and affecting best.

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