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Thelma Tompkins is a waitress in a hotel restaurant. She's a good waitress and has always been kind to old Mrs. Mannerheim who eats in the restaurant every evening. Thelma is shocked when ... See full summary »

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Olive Deering ...
Thelma Tompkins
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Sara Mannerheim
Mary Alan Hokanson ...
Maitre d'
Robert Carson ...
Grand Jury Foreman
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John Zaremba ...
Charles Seel ...
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Thelma Tompkins is a waitress in a hotel restaurant. She's a good waitress and has always been kind to old Mrs. Mannerheim who eats in the restaurant every evening. Thelma is shocked when Mrs. Mannerheim tells her that she is her closest friend and has left her a considerable legacy in her will. In the interim, she gives Thelma a brooch. Over the following months, Mrs. Mannerheim becomes ever more demanding and Thelma's musician boyfriend Arthur suggests that maybe the time has come for the old lady's demise to accelerated somewhat. Thelma poison's her tea but without any obvious effect. Thelma takes matters into her own hands and the subsequent coroner's inquiry reveals some interesting information about the poison she was using. Written by garykmcd

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29 March 1959 (USA)  »

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2 March 2011 | by (Claremont,USA) – See all my reviews

Slender episode, but with the trademark series assets—fine acting and twist ending. Rather plain-looking waitress Thelma (Deering) works in a hotel where she waits daily on proper old dowager Mrs. Mannerheim (Lovsky). At home, Thelma's emotionally dependent on shiftless boyfriend Arthur (Jason) who's apparently financially dependent on her. Thelma's many kindnesses endear her to the lonely, sickly old lady who returns the kindnesses by leaving her considerable fortune to the hard working waitress. But then the greedy Arthur hears of Thelma's expected windfall and begins to scheme using Thelma as his tool. So, what will the sadly conflicted Thelma do now.

Deering is excellent in a demanding role, just the right emotional pitch for each situation. At the same time, Jason certainly looks the part of the small-time gigolo. Then too, it's a hoot listening to his untutored Arthur wrap his clumsy tongue around difficult medical terms (which is also important to plot development). It's not a memorable entry, just a solid 30-minutes of Hitchcock entertainment.


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