Kraft Suspense Theatre: Season 1, Episode 13

Who Is Jennifer? (16 Jan. 1964)

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In Carmel,California the police arrest a vagrant young girl whose true name and age cannot be verified.She could be the long missing daughter of a wealthy widow. Hoping to finally solve the... See full summary »

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Mrs. Charlotte Heaton
Dan Duryea ...
Lt. Boyd Manners
David Brian ...
Mark Nelson
Brenda Scott ...
The Mystery Girl
John Dennis ...
The Booking Sergeant
Jan Shepard ...
The Policewoman
Morris Ankrum ...
Chief Austin
Vince Townsend Jr. ...
The Civilian Employee
Erin O'Donnell ...
The Farm Girl
Louise Arthur ...
The Saleswoman
Billy M. Greene ...
The Duty Sergeant
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Gene Roth ...
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In Carmel,California the police arrest a vagrant young girl whose true name and age cannot be verified.She could be the long missing daughter of a wealthy widow. Hoping to finally solve the case,the police decide to test their theory and force a visitation between the two.There is a surprising twist at the very end. Written by dubchi

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20 October 2011 | by (Brooklyn NY USA) – See all my reviews

***SPOILERS*** Cheesy "Kraft Suspense Theater" episode involving this distraught mother Charlotte Heaton, Gloria Swanson, who's been looking for her teenage daughter Jennifer who had disappeared into thin air ten years ago when she was seven years old. It's when local police pick up teenage runaway, Brenda Scott, who has no identification on her, and refuses to give them her name and where she comes from, that they feel that they've finally found Mrs. Heaton's long lost daughter. Everything fits in the girl being the right age as well as having the same facial features, by studying old photos of Jeniffer, eye color and even having Jennifer's same rare blood type AB negative.

It's later that we find out that the policeman in charge of all this Det. Let.Boyd Manners, Dan Duryea, who was on the original Jennifer Heaton disappearance case has other ideas on his mind and reuniting Jennifer and her mother Mrs. Heaton isn't one of them! In fact he feels that Mrs. Heaton had murdered and buried her daughter ten years ago and in him using this nameless runaway is going to prove it!

***SPOILERS*** Despite the first class cast the TV episode smells to high heaven like a slice of Limburger cheese on a sardine sandwich. The surprise ending if you can call it that is about as confusing as if you didn't even have one in explaining what exactly was going on between Det. Manners the runaway girl as well as Ms.Heaton herself. We do get some kind of explanation of what happened to Jennifer or if the runaway girl is her but it's so convoluted and confusing that it makes you wish,in how confused you get, that you've never seen it!

There's also in the "Kraft Suspense Theater" episode old and decrepit looking Morris Ankrum looking like death warmed over as Police Chief Austin in what I think is his last film & TV appearance. Ankrum was to pass away a few months later on September 2, 1964 at age 68 from the ravages of trichinosis.


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