Four Star Playhouse (1952–1956)
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Sheila and her brother engineer a gas leak to kill her husband so they can split the insurance money. Overhearing the plot is the husband's invalid father, but it's no concern because he ... See full summary »

Director:

Roy Kellino

Writers:

Cornell Woolrich (story), Frank L. Moss (screenplay)
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Cast

Episode cast overview:
Ida Lupino ... Sheila
Ralph Moody ... Jarvis Miller
Walter Coy ... Verne Miller
Richard Lupino Richard Lupino ... Jimmy
Nan Boardman Nan Boardman ... Rose
Paul Bryar ... Lt. Casement
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Sheila and her brother engineer a gas leak to kill her husband so they can split the insurance money. Overhearing the plot is the husband's invalid father, but it's no concern because he can't speak or write. Sheila doesn't realize he is able to communicate with his nurse through his eyes. Written by Jay Phelps <jaynashvil@aol.com>

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Genres:

Comedy | Crime | Drama

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Language:

English

Release Date:

2 February 1956 (USA) See more »

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Production Co:

Four Star Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Good but it sure seems like plagiarism
26 September 2014 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

Ida Lupino stars in this episode of "Four Star Playhouse". The story, though attributed to someone else, was clearly STRONGLY inspired by the French story "Thérèse Raquin" by Émile Zola. It seemed really sleazy to credit someone else with the story--it IS the Zola story but slightly rearranged.

Lupino plays an evil lady who intends to kill her husband and make it look like an accident. The problem is that her father-in-law (Ralph Moody) overhears her conspiring to kill the husband. But, since this witness, Jarvis Miller, is completely paralyzed, she doesn't worry when she catches him overhearing. After all, the guy can barely even move a muscle and how could he tell anyone?

The story is good...thanks to Zola. But it isn't original and also has one bad plot element that makes no sense--why would such an awful woman want to use a gas mask to save the paralyzed man when she gasses her husband? Why not just kill BOTH of them--especially since I am sure she didn't enjoy having to take care of the old man. This just didn't make sense and the story should have worked this out better. My advice--see one of the MANY versions of the Zola story, such as the recent one that stars Jessica Lange.


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