Edward Stevens, is on the train home, recounting the story of the death of the rich uncle of his neighbor, Mark Despard. Once he arrives home, he is no longer sure that his uncle died of natural causes.


Paul Nickell


John Dickson Carr (story), Audrey Roos (teleplay) | 1 more credit »


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Episode credited cast:
Barbara Bel Geddes
Raymond Bramley Raymond Bramley
Sally Chamberlin Sally Chamberlin
Robert Lansing
Joanne Linville
Eileen McKenna Eileen McKenna
George C. Scott
Anne Seymour
Paul Stevens
Joseph Sullivan Joseph Sullivan
Michael Toland Michael Toland
Joseph N. Welch ... Himself - Narrator


The Burning Court is a famous locked room mystery by John Dickson Carr. Edward Stevens, an editor at Herald and Son's publishing house, is on the train home, recounting the story of the death of the rich uncle of his neighbor, Mark Despard. Uncle Miles had succumbed to gastroenteritis, which had left him bedridden for days. Although this was considered death from natural causes, two strange things were reported surrounding it. Later events deepen the mystery. A book of witchcraft is discovered in Miles's room, and a handyman reports seeing Miles waving to him from a rocking chair. Morphine tablets disappear, and the mysterious woman visitor to Miles's room is described as dressed like a long-dead woman poisoner. Nearly every member of the Despard and Stevens households comes under suspicion. Written by Paul Gerard Kennedy

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24 April 1960 (USA) See more »

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