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  • We meet Bernie Tiede (1958- ), a chubby undertaker, who takes pride in his work. He's a Gospel-singing tenor. In a series of interviews with townspeople, mixed with flashbacks, we follow Bernie: he arrives in Carthage, Texas (pop. 7,000), where old ladies adore him; he befriends a wealthy, mean-spirited widow named Marjorie Nugent; they become companions in both daily routines and expensive vacations. Among those interviewed, only her stockbroker and Danny Buck, the local district attorney, are unsympathetic toward the sunny, sometimes saccharine Bernie. Marjorie changes from sour and alone to happy with Bernie; then she gets possessive. What will sweet Bernie do?

    - Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>
  • In Carthage, Texas, assistant funeral director Bernhardt "Bernie" Tiede is a nice guy who loves his work. He gives assistance to the old widows and they adore him. Marjorie Nugent is a millionaire hated by her relatives, with no friends and the only person in town who cares for her is her stockbroker Lloyd Hornbuckle. When Marjorie loses her husband, Bernie becomes close to the widow and soon he becomes her companion. She includes Bernie in her bank accounts and investments and they travel together in expensive vacations. One day, Bernie shots her four times on the back, hides her body in a freezer and spends her money, giving donation to the church and expensive gifts to the locals. Nine months later, Lloyd finally gets a warrant and goes with Sheriff Huckabee and D.A. Danny Buck to Marjorie's house and they find the body. But Danny has difficulties to judge Bernie locally since the population worships him.

    - Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • In the tiny, rural town of Carthage, Texas, assistant funeral director Bernie Tiede was one of the town's most beloved residents. He taught Sunday school, sang in the church choir and was always willing to lend a helping hand. Everyone loved and appreciated Bernie, so it came as no surprise when he befriended Marjorie Nugent, an affluent widow who was as well known for her sour attitude as her fortune. Bernie frequently traveled with Marjorie and even managed her banking affairs. Marjorie quickly became fully dependent on Bernie and his generosity and Bernie struggled to meet her increasing demands. Bernie continued to handle her affairs, and the townspeople went months without seeing Marjorie.

    - Written by Millennium Entertainment
  • In small-town Texas, an affable mortician strikes up a friendship with a wealthy widow, though when she starts to become controlling, he goes to great lengths to separate himself from her grasp.

    - Written by Anonymous


When the soft-spoken, chubby-cheeked Bernhardt Tiede II arrived for his first day of work as the assistant director of the Hawthorne Funeral Home in the little rural town of Carthage...

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