The Snoop Sisters (1972–1974)
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The Female Instinct 

A spinster and her widowed sister, who are also mystery writers, try to track down the killer of a former movie star.


Leonard Stern (as Leonard B. Stern)


Leonard Stern (teleplay), Hugh Wheeler (teleplay) | 2 more credits »




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Helen Hayes ... Ernesta Snoop
Mildred Natwick ... Gwendolyn Snoop Nicholson
Charlie Callas ... Charlie
Jill Clayburgh ... Mary Nero
Bill Dana ... Melvin Kaplan
Ed Flanders ... Milo Perkins
Kurt Kasznar ... Alexander Scalamdri
Edward Platt ... Julius Nero (as Ed Platt)
Kent Smith ... Warren Packer
Craig Stevens ... Charles Corman
Fritz Weaver ... Anton de Tourolet
Lawrence Pressman ... Lieutenant Ostrowski
Paulette Goddard ... Norma Treat
Art Carney ... Barney
Iggie Wolfington Iggie Wolfington ... Frank


Mystery writer Ernesta Snoop and her sister Gwendolyn tend to give their police lieutenant nephew fits when they become involved in the murder of one-time movie queen Norma Treet. Suspects abound as it becomes known that Norma was about to publish her steamy memoirs, naming names and threatening to ruin reputations and lives. Written by Ron Kerrigan <>

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Comedy | Crime | Drama | Mystery







Release Date:

18 December 1972 (USA) See more »

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Color (Technicolor)

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1.33 : 1
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Final appearance of Paulette Goddard. See more »


When Barney is asked to turn off the lights for the film screening at the unmasking of the murderer, the lights dim before his hand reaches the switch, and the audible click of the switch has no relationship to the fading of the lights on the set. See more »


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9 June 2005 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

A great cast is the whole reason to watch "The Snoop Sisters" if you get the chance. Helen Hayes, Mildred Natwick, Paulette Goddard, Jill Clayburgh, Art Carney are delightful in this whodunit. A very young Jill Clayburgh plays the daughter of Norma Treet (Goddard), a former movie star who is writing her scandalous memoirs and is murdered.

There are lots of funny lines and scenes in this TV movie. My favorite belongs to Helen Hayes, when it's suggested that Goddard's phone may be out of order. Someone suggests calling the phone company. "Oh, they least of anyone care if your phone is out of order!" she exclaims. Unfortunately, the TV series that was born from this pilot (I assume) didn't really take off, which is a shame. It was, like the Ellery Queen series starring Jim Hutton, ahead of its time. The era of "Murder, She Wrote" and "The Golden Girls" would have suited the series much better. Timing, after all, is everything.

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