I took these still shots to capture, study, and share the black doll featured in the 1965 episode of Alfred Hitchcock, "Where the Woodbine Twineth."
Hitchcock's "Where the Woodbine Twineth" is about an orphaned girl who goes to live with her grandfather and his stern sister, her great-aunt. Grandfather gifts Eva, who already has imaginary friends, with a black doll that she calls, Numa. In classic Alfred Hitchcock style, a turn of events brings the doll to life (live doll played by actress, Lila Perry).
After viewing this episode, I wondered whether Numa was on the market in or around 1965 or if she was a mere set doll. After viewing the episode, taking and examining the still shots, I believe Numa was a white doll painted black/brown.
Click the play button to watch this 45-minute episode.
Commentary: During the 1960s when this Alfred Hitchcock episode aired, status and perceived privilege were often depicted in televised shows as well as in film. Art imitated life, particularly southern American life where most whites were quite blatant in their actions to prove and maintain their "privilege." The portrayal of African Americans as insignificant beings or hired help was the unfortunate norm on film and TV, as evidenced in this Hitchcock show.
We've come a long way here in America, but we still have an even longer road to travel.
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