The Ray Bradbury Theater

Season 3 Episode 11

There Was An Old Woman

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Aired Unknown May 21, 1988 on USA
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There Was An Old Woman
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Elderly Matilda isn't ready to die when Death arrives to carry her off in a wicker basket.

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    • Matilda: I am Matilda Hanks, and this is my castle. I've awaited amongst my clocks and pictures for many years. I'll not give in. Oh, no. One day He'll come, but this is my castle. My awl, my ammunition here. He'll come, but he's no chance. But I'll not give in. Oh, no.

    • Matilda: Young man, you are refused. Because I am all of a piece. I add up. I've been fighting you all my life. I won't give in now. This is my castle, my fortress. All my ammunition is here. I've been getting ready for you for years, you haven't a chance.

    • Funeral Director: What will you do, madam?
      Matilda: I will loiter about your premises. I will howl and scream. I will tell the world you are bodysnatchers, gravestone robbers, death stealers. Your establishment will no longer comfort, but will set people ill at ease. Too much wind here at midnight. Too many strange sounds. Terrible sights of walking mists, movable feasts of fog and rain. Moans and sighs. Bedsheets walking on the air.

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    • This episode is based on the short story "There Was an Old Woman" by Ray Bradbury. The story was first published in Weird Tales (July, 1944).

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