The Elgin Hour (1954–1955)
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Sting of Death 

A man with a taste for fresh honey discovers that the bees making it in the rural area of England where he lives have turned deadly.


Daniel Petrie


Gerald Heard (novel) (as H.F. Heard), Alvin Sapinsley (adaptation)


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Episode cast overview:
Boris Karloff ... Mr. Mycroft
Robert Flemyng ... Mr. Silchester
Hermione Gingold ... Alice
Martyn Green Martyn Green ... Mr. Hargrove


Silchester is academic on summer vacation in a cottage in rural England with a taste for honey for breakfast and tea. He finds it increasingly difficult to obtain it as beekeepers in the area are going out of business with the exception of Mr. Hargrove, a sinister local apiarist. His neighbor, Mr. Mycroft, a retired public official, tries to warn Silchester that Hargrove has bred his bees to become deadly. Among the victims of these killer bees are other colonies in the neighborhood, Mycroft's dog, and Hargrove's own wife. When an attempt is made on his own life, the doubting Silchester joins forces with Mycroft to turn the tables on him. Written by

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Release Date:

22 February 1955 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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1.33 : 1
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This adaptation by Alvin Sapinsley of the novel "A Taste for Honey" won a 1956 Edgar Award as best Episode of a Television Series. See more »


Mr. Silchester: How can you possibly know what is close to my heart?
Alice: The subject is honey, sir, for which I believe you have an inordinate taste.
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(1928) (uncredited)
Words by L. Wolfe Gilbert
Music by Mabel Wayne
Sung (repeatedly) by Hermione Gingold
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It's dated badly, but it has interesting stars
10 March 2016 | by Leofwine_dracaSee all my reviews

STING OF DEATH is a TV episode from the 1955 US show THE ELGIN HOUR, an hour-long drama series showcasing the talents of numerous famous faces. It's based on a book about killer bees and to say that it has dated in the years since is an understatement, but fans might still enjoy it a little.

The reason most horror fans will want to check this one out is the supporting role for Boris Karloff, playing the genial Mycroft in support. Karloff gives a nice turn, but his character isn't too interesting; for better work from this era, check out COLONEL MARCH INVESTIGATES. There's also a performance from genre actor Robert Flemyng (of THE TERRIBLE DR HICHCOCK and THE BLOOD BEAST TERROR fame), so it's not all bad, but the story itself is resolutely stodgy and rather dull.

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