The Snoop Sisters: Season 1, Episode 0

The Female Instinct (18 Dec. 1972)

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A spinster and her widowed sister, who are also mystery writers, try to track down the killer of a former movie star.


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Mary Nero
Melvin Kaplan
Ed Flanders ...
Milo Perkins
Alexander Scalamdri
Julius Nero (as Ed Platt)
Kent Smith ...
Warren Packer
Craig Stevens ...
Charles Corman
Anton de Tourolet
Lieutenant Ostrowski
Norma Treet
Iggie Wolfington ...


Mystery writer Ernesta Snoop and her sister Gwendolyn tend to give their police lieutenant nephew fits when they become involved in the murder of one-time movie queen Norma Treet. Suspects abound as it becomes known that Norma was about to publish her steamy memoirs, naming names and threatening to ruin reputations and lives. Written by Ron Kerrigan <>

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Comedy | Crime | Drama | Mystery





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18 December 1972 (USA)  »

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9 June 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A great cast is the whole reason to watch "The Snoop Sisters" if you get the chance. Helen Hayes, Mildred Natwick, Paulette Goddard, Jill Clayburgh, Art Carney are delightful in this whodunit. A very young Jill Clayburgh plays the daughter of Norma Treet (Goddard), a former movie star who is writing her scandalous memoirs and is murdered.

There are lots of funny lines and scenes in this TV movie. My favorite belongs to Helen Hayes, when it's suggested that Goddard's phone may be out of order. Someone suggests calling the phone company. "Oh, they least of anyone care if your phone is out of order!" she exclaims. Unfortunately, the TV series that was born from this pilot (I assume) didn't really take off, which is a shame. It was, like the Ellery Queen series starring Jim Hutton, ahead of its time. The era of "Murder, She Wrote" and "The Golden Girls" would have suited the series much better. Timing, after all, is everything.

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