Alfred Hitchcock Presents

Season 2 Episode 8

Conversation Over a Corpse

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Aired Sunday 9:30 PM Nov 18, 1956 on CBS
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Two sisters poison the banker who holds their mortgage.

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  • The Enright sisters have more secrets than anyone knows, but a cruel banker discovers a few when he comes to foreclose on their home.

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    I have considerable nostalgia for this episode as it was the first "Alfred Hitchcock Presents" segment I ever saw, decades ago when I was a schoolboy. Seen again recently, it proves to be a slight but quite delightful yarn, one of those tales (of which this series was extremely fond) about a defenceless old dear who comes out on top despite the machinations of much nastier people all around her. Cissie Enright seems to have been preyed upon by cruel, selfish types most of her life, yet her scatty self-assurance is such that she sails through every crisis. Her enemies discover her resilience, but too late to save themselves.moreless
Ray Collins

Ray Collins

Mr. Brenner

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Dorothy Stickney

Dorothy Stickney

Cissie Enright

Guest Star

Ted Stanhope

Ted Stanhope

Bank Teller

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Carmen Mathews

Carmen Mathews

Joanna Enright

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    • Cissie: Is Joanna dead, Mr. Brenner?
      Mr. Brenner: She tried to kill me with that axe!
      Cissie: Yes, she always was an impatient woman.

    • [Closing Narration]
      Alfred Hitchcock: She was no sissy. As a matter of fact, that was her downfall. She wanted to steady her nerves before the police came, so she took a few slugs. Very sad. Except for the newspapers, who detected a love triangle. The picture papers had more fun than at a hanging. Well, so much for tonight's cooking demonstration. I hope I made everything clear. Next time, I shall show you how to prepare an exotic delicacy – white hunter a la Mau Mau. You'll be the talk of your neighborhood. I shall also reveal one of my own culinary secrets: how to remove the wrapper from a frozen food package without tearing the directions. Good night.

    • [Opening Narration]
      [As we begin, Alfred is wearing a chef's hat and holding two ladles in an "X" in front of him]
      Alfred Hitchcock: Good evening. Tonight we offer you a generous portion of mystery, a pinch of comedy, just a soupcon of a commercial, all seasoned by a few irrelevant comments from your host. As you may know, food is a hobby of mine. I don't claim to be an expert cook, but I am rather a good eater.
      [As he speaks, he wanders to a table filled with test tubes and beakers]
      Alfred Hitchcock: If you will wander into my kitchen, I'll allow you to watch me as I concoct some delicacy to tempt your palate. I cannot abide careless cookery.
      [Alfred lays down the ladles and picks up a cookbook]
      Alfred Hitchcock: Let me see. I've, uh, I've just added 10 cc's of sugar. All that is left is to add the white of one egg. And by the white, I do not refer to the clear gelatinous substance inside. Naturally, I mean the shell. This is where most amateur cooks make their mistakes. While you are waiting for me to finish, I suggest you turn your attention to tonight's story. It is called, Conversation Over a Corpse. It sounds like perfect dinner conversation.

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