"Toby" is an episode of Alfred Hitchcock Presents starring Alfred Hitchcock, Jessica Tandy, and Robert H. Harris. 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.



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Episode complete credited cast:
... Himself - Host
... Edwina Freel
... Albert Birch
... Mac McGurk
... Mrs. Foster the Landlady
... Marie McGurk
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)  »

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Sound Mix:

(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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It Was Fun to See Jessica Tandy, but......
30 October 2008 | by See all my reviews

I know that my comments sometimes go over the same ground. With the pressure of producing so many of these little stories, there is going to be a clinker in the lot. A lonely man who left his only love is about to get her back. He is scared and apprehensive and unsure. He banters with the local characters and sets up shop for her reappearance. Apparently, a personal ad leads to their reunion. They are going to be married. The woman finally shows up and she is pretty strange. She has a baby with her. It is supposedly the son (Toby) of her now deceased sister. She immediately puts him in a spare bedroom and that's where he stays. She occasionally gets a baby bottle of warm milk to give to little Toby. Weeks pass and nobody sees the baby. This gets so far fetched that at some point we say "Right!" I had it figured out about five minutes after she appeared. Still, Jessica Tandy being the consummate actress, really hams it up and does what she can with this clinker.

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