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Title

Mother Knows Best

Plot

A cash strapped former college football idol and an opportunist juvenile delinquent try to borrow from the football player's wealthy uncle. But the uncle ends up murdered and everyone suspects the footballer, including his mother. But her own uneasy conscience over his neglected childhood forces her to look for the real culprit.

Episode

0719

Air Dates

  • First Run - October 3, 1977
  • Repeat - February 25, 1978

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Rating

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3 Responses to Episode 0719

A woman is desparate to prove that her son is innocent of murder. She works at a law firm (cleaning) and tries to sleuth out who did the crime.

Bert

I’m compelled to comment. Sometimes I feel that those who peruse the episode guide skip the stories that have the least votes and comments. They may not be the most exciting, but sometimes they too are worth a listen.

Anastasia

I rate this episode ★★★★☆ for GOOD. Sam Dann’s story was amusing, yet predictable. This Drama-Mystery had every element for a murder story: The Characters with their troubles and quarrels, the motives, the weapons, the prime suspects, the key witnesses, and the sleuth that solved it. It was clear which character committed the crime and the mother saved the day. Another way to title this episode, would be “Saved By The Sleuth.” In our Host’s Prologue, E.G. Marshall begins with a quote about wishes from a Proverb and Nursery Rhyme. In ACT-1, ask the CBSRMT viewers what do know about our families? And question did the mother’s son commit murder? In ACT-2, quoting a Japanese Poet about money (but no historical evidence of who actually said it). In ACT-3, quoting Julius Caesar about what men freely believe. More importantly, understand that murder mysteries require evidence, facts, figures, and dates while some solve with hunches, premonitions, assumptions, but based on what? In the end, the amateur sleuth, the mother, was right about who the real killer was. In his Epilogue, E.G. Marshall discusses the greatest motive for murder. The topics our Host gave us are shifted. It started with wishes, then shifted over to the family whereabouts, then over to money, then over to beliefs, and end on motivational love. But at least his quotations from poets and leaders were helpful. Sound effects of music and customers murmuring in the background, doorbell, doors, footsteps, traffic noise, background noise at the police station, door buzzer, flipping pages from the Phone Book, and dialing rotary phone were supportive in this. The music had a lot of dramatic tunes and all worked well for this mystery tale. Best thing about this episode, was the cast: Bryna Raeburn (as Mrs. Dawson), Russell Horton (as Joey Dawson and Mr. Parker), Court Benson (as Lieutenant Vito Castello, Uncle Frank J. Timmons, and Mr. Jedwick), and Robert Kaliban (as Ralph Perry). Both Russell Horton and Robert Kaliban were great in their roles. But I was mainly impressed by Court Benson with his multiple roles. And as for leading lady, Bryna Raeburn, she was terrific for the playing the hard-working single mother amateur sleuth to solve to case and save the son. This is one of Bryan Raeburn’s best performances. Until next time…pleasant dreams.

Russell


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