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A female cook is known to have been poisoning her patrons, and Mr. Mummery, an elderly man who doesn't quite trust his young wife, begins to suspect that she has jut hired the killer chef. ... See full summary »

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Harold. Mummery
Faith Brook ...
Ethel Mummery
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Mr. Brookes
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A female cook is known to have been poisoning her patrons, and Mr. Mummery, an elderly man who doesn't quite trust his young wife, begins to suspect that she has jut hired the killer chef. He finds an open can of arsenic in the garden shed and convinces himself that the cook and his wife are in fact tampering with his tea in a plot to kill him. What he doesn't know is that, in actuality, the situation is much more serious than even he suspects it is. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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Introduction from "Le Coq d' Or"
Music by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
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A clever dark comedy...
11 October 2010 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

This is an early episode of "Studio One"--also called "Westinghouse Theater". And, because it's so early, the props and Kinescope copy both appear a bit cheap--not nearly as nice as later "Studio One" presentations. Before I go one, I should talk a bit about shows like this. From the late 1940s through the 1950s, television created some amazingly good dramas--written, directed and starring some of the most creative talent on the planet. But what made these shows even more amazing is that they were usually shown LIVE! So, each week, complete stories were produced and given to the public--and with usually very professional results. However, when you see these shows today, you may notice that the prints are a bit ugly. That's because they didn't have proper recording equipment and relied on the Kinescope process in order to re-broadcast the shows on the West Coast (due to time zone differences).

"Mr. Mummery's Suspicion" stars Roland Young as the title character. Slowly through the course of the show, he starts to suspect that his housekeeper might be poisoning him and his wife--mostly because a similar thing happened recently and they have not yet caught the woman. Through much of the show he suspects the lady--only to have a clever twist at the end.

This is far from a great episode but a very good one. It's a bit of a dark comedy and quite watchable. The only problems were the obviousness of the plot, the lousy line of dialog spoken by the Bobby at the end as well as cheaper than usual sets. But, these are minor problems and it's well worth seeing.


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