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Death and the Joyful Woman 

The secretary of a wine baron murders when her dream of marrying him is shattered.



(teleplay), (novel) (as Ellis Peters)


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Episode cast overview:
Himself - Host
Luis Aguilar
Laura Devon ...
Kitty Norris
Dominic Felse
Al Aguilar
The Doctor
The Butler
The Assistant
Jack Sahakian ...
The Man
George Felse


The secretary of a wine baron murders when her dream of marrying him is shattered.

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12 April 1963 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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A copy of the portrait of Lord Horatio Nelson painted by Lemuel Francis Abbott can be seen hanging on the wall at the stairs. See more »


Version of Smrt a blazená paní (1980) See more »


For He's A Jolly Good Fellow
Sung by the party guests
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3 May 2016 | by See all my reviews

Hell hath no fury as a woman spurned is so appropriate for this episode.

Gilbert Roland steals the show as a very nasty wine baron who wants his son to out drink him in order to give him $5,000 for the birth of his child. When the son is able to outlast his father and passes out, Roland condemns him and throws him out.

Of course, all that wine made Roland more lecherous as he tries to convince the girl he wanted his son to marry, to marry him now instead.

Laraine Day plays the faithful secretary who dutifully waited for Roland's wife to die for 20 years. When this actually occurred, Roland promised marriage to be announced that evening. Realizing that this will never take place, Day kills him and attempts to murder the servant who she tells what she has done.

I thought that there would be a trial and the girl who pushed Roland down the stairs after his desires were told to her, would be blamed. That would have been much more interesting.

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