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11.48 [--] Kraft Mystery TheatreTRICK OR TREAT

10-Sep-1958 NBC Wed
Teleplay by Vance Bourjaily; Story by Doris Miles Disney


guest stars
Robert Pastene 
Will Kuluva
Ellen McRae ........ Linda
Robert Mandan
Mary Finney .......... Mary Finney
Synopsis:
A middle-aged housewife discovers her husband in climbing the ladder of success wants to get rid of her. On Halloween night a murderer, disguised as a ghost, comes to the front door and shoots her to death. [RF] 

 

Synopsis 2:
A dull middle-aged housewife Edna Monro discovers her husband Mike in climbing the ladder of success wants to get rid of her. She is aware of a love affair between her husband and his secretary Linda. On Halloween night, a murderer, masked as a ghost, rings her doorbell and shoots her to death. [RF]

 

You can watch this whole episode here: http://www.ovguide.com/tv_episode/kraft-television-theatre-season-11-episode-48-trick-or-treat-20428...

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Re: American Mystery Classics: DORIS MILES DISNEY

Just spotted this: http://jdcarr.com/forum/showthread.php?t=715

 

 

The 10 best mysteries of all time

Anthony Berkeley - "Jumping Jenny"
John Dickson Carr - "The Crooked Hinge"
Agatha Christie - "Five Little Pigs"
Doris Miles Disney - "The Straw Man"
Ross MacDonald - "The Far Side of the Dollar"
Geoffrey Halliday Hall - "The End is Known"
Ngaio Marsh - "Surfeit of the Lampreys"
Ellery Queen - "The Siamese Twins Mystery"
Patrick Quentin - "Puzzle for Puppets"
Dorothy L. Sayers - "The Nine Tailors"
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Re: American Mystery Classics: DORIS MILES DISNEY

I've heard the name before but unfortunately I've never read any of her books. I'll have to see if any are at the used book store tomorrow.

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maxcat wrote:

I've heard the name before but unfortunately I've never read any of her books. I'll have to see if any are at the used book store tomorrow.


Her books are often compared to books from the Golden Age of Mystery. I think it's interesting that so many were turned into films and TV shows.

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Re: American Mystery Classics: DORIS MILES DISNEY

It's always interesting to learn about classic authors I'm not familiar with.  I've never read any of her books, and I don't think I've seen any of those movies, except possibley Do Not Fold, Spindle, or Mutilate, which sounds a bit familiar.

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dulcinea3 wrote:

It's always interesting to learn about classic authors I'm not familiar with.  I've never read any of her books, and I don't think I've seen any of those movies, except possibley Do Not Fold, Spindle, or Mutilate, which sounds a bit familiar.


Considering how popular her books were - I remember getting several as Crime Club selections - I'm surprised how little information I've been able to find about her. Very...mysterious!

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Re: American Mystery Classics: DORIS MILES DISNEY

Maybe it was unusual to discuss it in public?  I think I want to read her just for that reason alone though.


becke_davis wrote:

Ryan_G wrote:

I thought it was interesting that the article discussed her politics, even if just a little bit.


becke_davis wrote:

I found a newspaper article with new of her death - and a photograph! - here:

http://fredericksburg.com/News/FLS/garchives?searchquery=doris+miles+disney%2C+mystery+writer&submit...

 

I can't figure out how to copy it, though.

 

 

There is some discussion about Doris Miles Disney's books at this forum:

http://jdcarr.com/forum/showthread.php?t=2146


 


You're right - was it that unusual for a writer to have "left of center" politics back then?


 

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Ryan_G wrote:

Maybe it was unusual to discuss it in public?  I think I want to read her just for that reason alone though.


becke_davis wrote:

Ryan_G wrote:

I thought it was interesting that the article discussed her politics, even if just a little bit.


becke_davis wrote:

I found a newspaper article with new of her death - and a photograph! - here:

http://fredericksburg.com/News/FLS/garchives?searchquery=doris+miles+disney%2C+mystery+writer&submit...

 

I can't figure out how to copy it, though.

 

 

There is some discussion about Doris Miles Disney's books at this forum:

http://jdcarr.com/forum/showthread.php?t=2146


 


You're right - was it that unusual for a writer to have "left of center" politics back then?


 


I can't think of any examples of her politics coming through in her books, but I DO remember how tense and suspenseful her stories were. 

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Re: American Mystery Classics: DORIS MILES DISNEY

The Lakeland Library Cooperative (of which my local library is a member) has 18 of her books available. I requested "Only Couples Need Apply" quite randomly. I hope it's not too musty - makes me sneeze! I'll let you know what I think after I get it and try to read it.

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basson_mommy12 wrote:

The Lakeland Library Cooperative (of which my local library is a member) has 18 of her books available. I requested "Only Couples Need Apply" quite randomly. I hope it's not too musty - makes me sneeze! I'll let you know what I think after I get it and try to read it.


I remember reading that one. At one time, I think I had almost all of her books. As often as we moved when I was young, I'm amazed I kept as many books as I did!

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Busy weekend but I did start reading, VOICE FROM THE GRAVE. I'll report back when I finish. So far I like her voice very much.
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Busy weekend but I did start reading, VOICE FROM THE GRAVE. I'll report back when I finish. So far I like her voice very much.

I've always found her books to be very fast reads - in part because none of them are very long, by today's standards, and in part because they're so suspensful.

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Re: American Mystery Classics: DORIS MILES DISNEY

Finished VOICE FROM THE GRAVE. The ending was a big surprise. The plot twist was excellent. Didn't expect what happened. Will definitely have to read more of her books. Really good writer!

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eadieburke wrote:

Finished VOICE FROM THE GRAVE. The ending was a big surprise. The plot twist was excellent. Didn't expect what happened. Will definitely have to read more of her books. Really good writer!


Yay! I'm so glad you liked it!

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Here's my review of Only Couples Need Apply :

 

We open the book to an urban-pastoral scene - a young couple sitting in a diner, enjoying breakfast together, reading the newspaper and looking for an apartment. I can almost hear the bacon and eggs sizzle. But slowly, we find that this unassuming couple is anything but ordinary. They are cold-blooded killers looking for their next victim.

This literary approach was very effective for me, especially since the method of our criminals is to be unobtrusive, earning the trust of their prey and then without emotion, take all their valuables and end their lives without remorse. Ms. Disney is a writer that is efficient in her prose and deliberate in her pacing. At only 188 pages in the first edition, there's no room for errors, just as in the crimes portrayed.

Out of print, this book was a great find thanks to my friends over and the Barnes & Noble Mystery Book Clubs. Thankfully, my library has some first edition hardcovers of Doris Miles Disney. I may be checking out more of her stories at some point in the future!

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basson_mommy12 wrote:

Here's my review of Only Couples Need Apply :

 

We open the book to an urban-pastoral scene - a young couple sitting in a diner, enjoying breakfast together, reading the newspaper and looking for an apartment. I can almost hear the bacon and eggs sizzle. But slowly, we find that this unassuming couple is anything but ordinary. They are cold-blooded killers looking for their next victim.

This literary approach was very effective for me, especially since the method of our criminals is to be unobtrusive, earning the trust of their prey and then without emotion, take all their valuables and end their lives without remorse. Ms. Disney is a writer that is efficient in her prose and deliberate in her pacing. At only 188 pages in the first edition, there's no room for errors, just as in the crimes portrayed.

Out of print, this book was a great find thanks to my friends over and the Barnes & Noble Mystery Book Clubs. Thankfully, my library has some first edition hardcovers of Doris Miles Disney. I may be checking out more of her stories at some point in the future!


I think it's interesting that several of her books were turned into movies and TV shows. They translate very well into the big screen!

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Thanks for the review of this hard-to-find book, Ruth!

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