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Goodbye Mama, Hello Auntie Maud 

Chauffeur snuffs his employer with roses, by forcing them in her face as the allergic dowager lies ill. Her agoraphobic daughter is ecstatic that now she'll never have to leave the mansion ... See full summary »

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Chauffeur snuffs his employer with roses, by forcing them in her face as the allergic dowager lies ill. Her agoraphobic daughter is ecstatic that now she'll never have to leave the mansion she loves, but torn over losing her harsh mother. Lt. Parker, a family friend, comforts the young heiress, but she immediately finds more succor in the arms of Harry, the handsome devil in the driver's seat. Flint pushes an objective view of the case on Lt. Parker. Written by David Stevens

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20 June 1962 (USA)  »

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Near the beginning of this story, Mama Annis dies of an allergic attack, purposely brought on by chauffeur Harry Brind. When butler Owen Oliver enters the room occupied by Mama Annis and Harry Brind, he is told by Brind, 'She's dead.' Mama Annis is lying on the bed and is clearly seen breathing twice. See more »

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Say it with flowers....
24 January 2014 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

This episode begins with Ellen (Salome Jens) becoming very angry at her mother. It seems that Ellen is an agoraphobe and she's scared to death when she learns that her mother is planning on selling their mansion. So, she confronts her mother and there is a lot of screaming. Soon after Ellen leaves the room, the chauffeur, Harry (James Coburn), rushes into the old lady's room with lots of flowers--which he shoves under her nose. The old lady apparently has horrible allergies and she soon stops breathing and dies*. Because a couple of the servants overheard all the yelling, one called the police and the other (Carroll O'Connor) decides to blackmail Ellen. When the chauffeur learns about what the butler is doing, he is not pleased, as Ellen is now his meal ticket. To complicate the investigation, the lieutenant is a friend of the family and he can't imagine that there was a murder.

This was a pretty good mystery, as the crime seemed pretty air-tight. The story was also interesting and worth seeing. Plus it provides a really novel and effective treatment approach for agoraphobia!

*It doesn't take an awfully observant eye to notice that the old woman is STILL breathing even after Ellen announces that the woman is dead! Watch for it...you'll notice it too.


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