The Legend of Lizzie Borden

Synopsis: Elizabeth Montgomery stars as Lizzie Borden, a 19th-century Massachusetts woman, who is put on trial for the brutal slaughter of her father and step-mother in the family mansion. She is accused of hacking up her parents with an ax after carefully removing her clothes to avoid bloodstains. Based on fact and considered shocking at the time for a TV-movie.
Director(s): Paul Wendkos
Production: Paramount Television
  Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 3 wins & 2 nominations.
96 min

Doctor Bowen, please!

Is he coming?

He's not at home.


Good morning, Lizzie

I've just been out shopping.

The stores are like ovens.

Lizzie, what is it?

Oh, Miss Churchill, do come in.

Someone has killed father.


In the sitting room.

You see? I'm... I'm glad you're here, Alice.

I came as soon as Bridget told me.

It's going to be all right.

Everything's going to be all right.

It's going to be all right.

He's been dead less than half an hour.

Where's your sister, Lizzie?

She's visiting the Braunagels

in Fairhaven.

I'll call at once,

I'll ask my wife to send a telegram.

Thank you, Dr. Bowen.

You must try with me.

Will you like it like that?

Come on. All right.

Almost. There you are.

I haven't seen your stepmother, Lizzie.

Is Abby out?

Yes, but I thought I heard her come back.

She's probably in her room.

Nobody is back, miss Lizzie.

I looked when I fetched the sheets.

Then try up front.

She must be in the spare room.

- Yes, Miss Lizzie.

- Oh, Maggie, do as I say.

I'm not going up there alone!

Oh, come along, Bridget,

I'll go with you. Come on!

You must get some rest.

What is it?

Well, why did you send me the telegram?

- What was it?

- She... She's up there!



Thank you.

Good day, Miss Borden.

Miss Emma?

I'm sorry, Emma, but I must.

It's all right.

It's okay, Julien.

I'll stay as long as you need me.

Thank you.


She's in her room.


Did you... Kill father?

No, Emma.

I did not.

No more, Emma, please, no more.

Lizzie, doctor Bowen says...

But I can't think, I can't think.

What is that he's giving me?

It's just something to quieten your nerves.

But I m-, I must think, I must.

- Hush...

- Papa..

Somebody killed father. Why?



You must put all that out of your mind now.

You never should have gone away, Emma.

I know, I know, dear.

But I'm back now.

What are we going to do, Em?

I've always looked after you, haven't I?

Just like I promised mother.

Yes, Em. Well, then.

You see?

Everything is going to be all right.

You... Just go to sleep now.

Yes, Em.

Forgive me, father, for I have sinned.

Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us.

Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us.

Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us.

Dear God in heaven, forgive us our sins.

Dear God in heaven...

Excuse me.

Couldn't wear black.

At least veils.

Not even a tear.

It was a terrible ordeal.

Miss Borden.

A word with you, sir.

Who are you?

Can't you see I'm busy?

I'm the city marshall, I tell you,

we have instructions for you.

- Instructions?

- After the family has left the graveside,

both bodies have to be taken

to a receiving tomb

- where the heads have to be removed.

- Removed?

And shipped to Edward Wood, professor of

forensic medicine at Harvard University.

On whose order, may I ask?

His honor, the mayor.

Naturally, the sisters are not to be told.

As you were saying, Mister Mayor?

I have a request to make of the family.

Please remain inside the house

for a few days,

it will be better for all concerned.

Why, is someone here suspected?

I want to know the truth.

- Lizzie, please, don't... Don't upset yourself.

- I want to know the truth, Emma.

Well, miss Borden, as much

as I regret to tell you, yes,

you are suspected.

We... Tried to keep it from her

as long as we could.

I'm ready to go now.

Oh, that won't be necessary.

If you're disturbed by the crowds out there,

just notify the officer in the yard.

Then I'm to be a prisoner in my own home?

You shall have all the protection

the police department can afford.

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William Bast

William Bast (April 3, 1931 – May 4, 2015) was an American screenwriter and author. In addition to writing scripts for motion pictures and television, he was the author of two biographies of the screen actor James Dean. He often worked with his lover Paul Huson. more…

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