The Twilight Zone (1985–1989)
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There Was an Old Woman 

Alley Parker is a renowned author of children's' books feeling no longer needed, until she meets some of her fans.


Otta Hanus


Rod Serling (created by), Tom J. Astle

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Episode credited cast:
Colleen Dewhurst ... Hallie Parker
Maria Ricossa ... Nancy Harris
Alf Humphreys ... Mr. Harris
Zachary Bennett ... Brian Harris
David Hughes David Hughes ... Librarian
Mairlyn Smith Mairlyn Smith ... Real Estate Agent
Karl Pruner Karl Pruner ... Martin Glazer
Ferne Downey Ferne Downey ... Page Glazer
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Robin Ward ... Narrator (voice)


Alley Parker is a renowned author of children's' books feeling no longer needed, until she meets some of her fans.

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Release Date:

17 December 1988 (UK) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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The title is from the childhood nursery rhyme There Was An Old Woman Who Lived In A Shoe. See more »


Narrator: [opening narration] Not so very long ago, before computerized toys and cathode-ray characters did our speaking and thinking for us, one of a storyteller's most important tools was imagination. The imagination of an audience. That was how it used to be. Once upon a time.
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Sweet But Overly Maudlin
3 July 2017 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

Colleen Dewhurst plays an elderly writer of children's books. She is retiring and moving to Arizona. Before she leaves, a lady comes to visit to get a book autographed. She says he is quite ill, so the lady decides to visit him at home. She reads to him but it is obvious that he is very ill. When she returns to her old house (which she has up for sale), unseen kids begin to prank her. But there is a strange twist. I guess it was just a bit too sappy for my taste but typical of the Twiliight Zone canon.

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