Mr. Bowers booby-traps his basement, electrocuting his wife when she turns on an overhead bulb. Next, the widower ties the knot with a mousy heiress, Maggie, whom he has seduced. While Edie...
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Mr. Bowers booby-traps his basement, electrocuting his wife when she turns on an overhead bulb. Next, the widower ties the knot with a mousy heiress, Maggie, whom he has seduced. While Edie warbles "when the lights start lighting the town", Maggie's quibbling older sisters, one controlling and their other daffy, along with their pince-nezed attorney James Bond, drive to Mother's in their antique Baker Electric car (c1913) to employ Gunn to investigate Bowers, whom they accurately suspect is only interested in Maggie's money. Gunn detects he's an ex-con blackmailer, but the new bride doesn't fret, although Bond warns her she'll be the next victim.Written by
More of an exercise in perverse psychology than the usual Gunn trackdown. In fact, Jacoby makes only a brief cameo. The episode's hook is okay as fortune hunter Bowers (Harris) sets up an electrocution trap for his rich, unwanted wife. Seems like he's already murdered 4 or 5 wives before this, all of which were deemed accidents. Now he's got poor love-starved Maggie (Nolan) in his sights, except her ritzy sister Wilma (Wallace) smells a rat and hires Pete to check him out. So, can Pete make a difference before Bowers strikes again. All in all, I think the story would have had more suspense had we not been tipped off to Bowers guilt by the hook.
Anyhow, the short pudgy, rather charmless Harris makes an unlikely Romeo. But then Maggie is tragically love-lorn. Stealing the show however is that great old vet of a thousand house maids, Ellen Corby, as the third sister, Irma. Her ditzy remarks are a hoot. Then there's that surprise if pretty unbelievable ending that, in my view, flops as a twist. Anyway, Edie gets a brief appearance for us guys. Otherwise, it's a mixed 30-minutes of the usually stylish Peter Gunn.
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