An aging actress is suspected of murdering her husband in order to pursue her dream.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Harvey Gruenwald
Esther Gruenwald
Lawrence Bradley
Tie Shop Owner
Sal Richards ...
Nick Weaver
Marion Whitney
George Salinas
Stan Newman
Delia Carter


An aging actress is suspected of murdering her husband in order to pursue her dream.

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18 January 2004 (USA)  »

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In this episode's opening scene, middle-aged socialite (and would-be actress) Marion Whitney is struggling to assay the role of Shakespeare's Juliet. In fact, Claire Bloom once starred in an acclaimed Old Vic Theatre stage production of "Romeo and Juliet" -- some fifty years prior. See more »


Goren suggests that Marion Whitney's husband was murdered by mixing a pesticide with "a base, like petroleum jelly," then applying the jelly to a medical oxygen regulator. In reality when pure oxygen comes into contact with an oil-based product spontaneous combustion occurs. If this hypothesis had been correct the husband would have survived or been killed in the ensuing oxygen fire. See more »


Esther Gruenwald: [referring to her son] He thinks they care about him. They don't care. How could they? I mean, he sweats; that thing with his face...
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Killing For Her First Big Moment
20 May 2007 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Vincent Donofrio as quirky Major Case Squad detective Robert Goren has his share of loyal fans me included. Donofrio in Goren has created a character we all love to see him go through almost Monk like shtick every week in solving crimes. It's a great part, that allows Donofrio to do all kinds of overacting and stay completely within character.

But in this particular episode of Criminal Intent, Donofrio was given a run for his money in the overacting department by Claire Bloom. She has a part that if Criminal Intent were on the big screen some fifty years ago, Bette Davis or Tallulah Bankhead would have killed to have gotten this role.

This episode, almost but not quite, descends into black comedy. She's a stagestruck society matron who has her husband done in so she can use his millions to finance a comeback. Seems as though she was a budding child performer back in the day who never got her big break.

Her ally in this scheme is this nebbish of a former limousine driver and minor Broadway fixer played by Casey Siemaszko. He's also neck deep in debt to a loan sharks headed by his former boss Sal Richards. Siemaszko's role also calls for a whole lot of shtick and he has to use it all to keep up with Bloom.

When you're giving Vincent Donofrio a lesson in histrionics you know you have to be enjoying it. I'll bet Claire Bloom LOVED this part and it shows in her performance.

But I really do think that with a little rewriting and elaboration this story would work great as black comedy on the big screen.

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