When Clara Nash is murdered, her baby-sitter Lottie Slocum is excited to be the center of attention, and she also hopes to become closer to Clara's husband.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Himself - Host
Lottie Slocum
Blanche Armstaedter
Clara Nash (as Carol Mathews)
Theodore Newton ...
Mr. Nash
Rebecca Welles ...
Janie Slocum (as Reba Tassel)
Mr. DeMario
Police Detective


A detective questions baby-sitter Lottie Slocum about the murder of Clara Nash, for whom Lottie had been working. Lottie exasperates the detective by her aimless chatter and her undisguised excitement. After the detective leaves, she tells a friend about the night of the murder. Lottie disliked Clara, who was separated from her husband and was seeing another man. Lottie is so vocal in her disapproval of Clara, and in her affection for Mr. Nash, that her friend wonders whether Lottie was somehow involved. Later, Lottie is threatened by the dead woman's boyfriend. She herself hopes that the situation will give her an opportunity to get closer to Mr. Nash. Written by Snow Leopard

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6 May 1956 (USA)  »

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(RCA Sound Recording)

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1.33 : 1
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The Thelma Ritter episode
3 July 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A brassy older babysitter (Thelma Ritter) is speaking to a police sergeant about an unsolved murder. She relishes the attention. Much of the story is flashback: she has a crush on the father of the young woman who was killed (who, we are later informed, had a blond beaver).

Did our protagonist do it? This theory is raised by her friend early on. The ending worked for me but, ultimately, it's all on Ms. Ritter to carry this one. If nothing else, it's nice to see a woman who isn't all emotional or distressed the whole time.

Bonus: trying to lose weight, she's on the floor using the bungee-cord like contraption. I didn't know they had stuff like back then.

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