Alfred Hitchcock Presents

Season 1 Episode 17

The Older Sister

Aired Sunday 9:30 PM Jan 22, 1956 on CBS

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  • What really happened to Mr. and Mrs. Borden that hot morning in Fall River? A journalist tries to find out.

    This episode proposes an entirely speculative solution to the Borden case, one for which no hard evidence exists - which maybe should have been made clear (and wasn't). Carmen Mathews was so good at playing dragon ladies (and did so in many episodes of this series) that her casting here as a severe, cold-eyed, profoundly intimidating Lizzie Borden is no great surprise; but this Lizzie, formidable as she is at all times, is innocent, not to say selfless. Who is she protecting, and will the nosy lady from the fourth estate discover the truth? The plotting is ingenious, the acting fine - a memorable segment, whether or not it has any truth to it.