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Conversation Over a Corpse 

Cissie Enright is not exactly thrilled with the idea of poisoning the real estate man. But her sister, Joanna, insists that it's the only way.


Jules Bricken


Marian B. Cockrell (teleplay) (as Marian Cockrell), Norman Daniels (teleplay) | 1 more credit »


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Episode complete credited cast:
Alfred Hitchcock ... Himself - Host
Dorothy Stickney ... Cissie Enright
Carmen Mathews ... Joanna Enright
Ray Collins ... Herbert Brenner
Ted Stanhope ... Bank Teller


Cissie Enright is not exactly thrilled with the idea of poisoning Mr. Brenner, the real estate man. But her sister, Joanna, insists that it's the only way. Otherwise, he is going to take the house from them. Cissie reluctantly poisons the tea. Mr. Brenner arrives with no idea what is in store for him. But things don't go as Joanna or Cissie had planned either. Written by J. Spurlin

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Release Date:

18 November 1956 (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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Cissie cries, "She mustn't!" and puts her right hand to her throat. In the next shot, she's covering her throat with her left hand. See more »


[first lines]
Cissie Enright: [singing snatches of a song] Who laughed with delight... You... frown... In the old churchyard... Gave her a smile... And trembled... And alone...
[Joanna enters]
Cissie Enright: Oh, it's you, Joanna.
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Ben Bolt (Oh, Don't You Remember)
Lyrics by Thomas Dunn English
Music by Nelson Kneass
Performed by Dorothy Stickney
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Vintage Black Humor Hitchcock Style
2 April 2016 | by dougdoepkeSee all my reviews

Deliciously done black humor. Aging Enright sisters are about to be put out of the family house by greedy wheeler-dealer Brenner (Collins). But despite their genteel appearance, they're not about to go quietly, at least as long as there's poison in the house. Trouble is ditzy Cissie (Stickney) doesn't like either cruel people or cruel deeds. So she gives Brenner only a half-dose. Now the three face-off in the parlor as Brenner hangs on desperately while the ladies decide how to finish the job.

The episode is strongly reminiscent of Kill With Kindness (Oct., 1956), down to feisty Carmen Mathews as the driving force. This entry, however, is more consistently tongue-in-cheek. Collins makes a good Scrooge, while Stickney manages a tricky part well. The upshot's nicely ironic made so by a clever script that eases subtly into the irony. All in all, it's vintage Hitchcock from the series second season.

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