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Miss Paisley's Cat 

An elderly woman's beloved alley cat is killed by the local bookie, and she gets the strong urge to murder him.


Justus Addiss


Marian B. Cockrell (teleplay) (as Marian Cockrell), Roy Vickers (story)


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Episode complete credited cast:
Alfred Hitchcock ... Himself - Host
Dorothy Stickney ... Emma Paisley
Raymond Bailey ... Inspector Graun
Harry Tyler ... Bob Jenkins
Fred Graham ... Rinditch
David Armstrong David Armstrong ... Man Walking Dog
Joel Smith Joel Smith ... Policeman
Mark Sheeler Mark Sheeler ... Shabby Man


Miss Paisley adopts a stray cat. She names him Stanley. Stanley sneaks into the room of the violent tempered Mr. Rinditch. He tells Miss Paisley to keep the cat out of his room, but she fails. The cat sneaks into his apartment and Rinditch kills it. When Miss Paisley finds out, she grabs a knife to kill Rinditch, but she has second thoughts. She sits down and falls asleep. In the morning she wakes up wearing different clothes. The knife is also missing. She discovers that Rinditch has been stabbed to death and that a janitor has been charged with the crime. She is convinced she is the murderer but the police don't believe her. Written by Anonymous

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Release Date:

22 December 1957 (USA) See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Shamley Productions See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Not the Cat's Pajamas
25 June 2013 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

The little old lady seems to be a favorite of the Hitchcock mold. Here we have another scatterbrained matron who lives alone. One day a cat appears in her window and joins her permanently in her apartment. Once they've bonded, the cat begins to cause trouble. She has a dangerous bookmaker living in the apartment and the cat can't leave him alone. He kicks the cat at one point and lets her know he will do more if she doesn't control it. Unfortunately, she allows the cat free reign and he does what old wandering tomcats do. Whatever they want. She tries to get help to circumvent the threat but this fails to work. When she finds the nasty guy has done the unspeakable, it sets up a series of events that make for an interesting conclusion. It's not a great episode but it is passable.

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