The Snoop Sisters (1972–1974)
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Fear Is a Free-Throw 

Gwendolyn is the prime suspect after a basketball star is poisoned by an antacid tablet she gave him.


Boris Sagal


Dorothy Herald, Alan Shayne (creator)


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Helen Hayes ... Ernesta Snoop
Mildred Natwick ... Gwendolyn Snoop Nicholson
Lou Antonio ... Barney
Bert Convy ... Lt. Ostrowski
Bernie Casey ... Willie Bates
Walter Pidgeon ... Keith Follett
Bo Svenson ... Chet Marion
Steve Allen ... Steve Allen
Maurice Evans ... Judge N.D.
Gloria Hendry ... Mary Wilson
Warren Vanders Warren Vanders ... Rakovich
Ji-Tu Cumbuka ... Jim Saunders
Jack Riley ... Ollie Robertson
Richard O'Brien Richard O'Brien ... Officer McDonald
Karen Jensen ... Starlet


Gwendolyn is the prime suspect after a basketball star is poisoned by an antacid tablet she gave him.

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Comedy | Crime | Drama | Mystery


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Ernesta Snoop: You're an incurable romantic.
Keith Follett: [with a sad look at Gwendolyn] I was cured once.
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Give an antacid and get arrested for attempted murder
24 January 2016 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

The Snoop Sisters are at it again. This time, Gwendolyn (Mildred Natwick) gives a basketball player with stomach problems an antacid, only to have him collapse from poisoning.

Ernesta (Helen Hayes) and Gwendolyn soon learn that there are reasons for someone to get this star player (Bernie Casey) benched, and someone is looking to frame poor Gwendolyn. As usual, the sisters drive their police lieutenant nephew (Bert Convy) crazy, and make their parolee driver (Lou Antonio) do things he doesn't want to do.

There is, as usual, an impressive cast that includes Walter Pidgeon, Maurice Evans, and Steve Allen.

There are many '70s New York exterior shots, which are fun to see, and it's also amusing to see how everyone drove these huge cars.

Hayes and Natwick made a delightful team. I'm just sorry there aren't more of these enjoyable episodes. There might have been more of an audience for it ten years later, but of course, with different 'Snoops.'

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29 January 1974 (USA) See more »

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