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Bull in a China Shop 

A handsome homicide detective is befriended by four old ladies who invite him for tea and proceed to play out a variation of Arsenic and Old Lace for his benefit.

Director:

James Neilson

Writers:

Sarett Rudley (teleplay), C.B. Gilford (story)
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Cast

Episode complete credited cast:
Alfred Hitchcock ... Himself - Host
Dennis Morgan ... Dennis O'Finn
Estelle Winwood ... Miss Hildy-Lou
Elizabeth Patterson ... Miss Bessie
Ellen Corby ... Miss Samantha
Ida Moore ... Miss Birdie
Joe Downing Joe Downing ... Kramer--Detective (as Joseph Downing)
Paul Maxwell ... Lab Technician
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A handsome homicide detective is befriended by four old ladies who invite him for tea and proceed to play out a variation of Arsenic and Old Lace for his benefit. Written by Anonymous

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 March 1958 (USA) See more »

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Shamley Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Sincere Ladies and the Boredom of Old Age
3 July 2013 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

While this is totally over the top, I got the biggest kick out of watching these older character actors, hamming it up as the young detective comes and goes from their house. They seem intent on getting arrested, down to the killing of their own. The entire plot rests on the handsome detective being drawn into their little plot. The idea must be to just get some excitement into their lives. There even seems to be a rivalry among them, but they apparently have a tacit agreement to respect the fate of the "winner." The detective is flummoxed and realizes that while he must do his duty, he cannot understand the motive. By the way, the ending is priceless.


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