The Grey Nurse Said Nothing

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"The Grey Nurse Said Nothing"
Playhouse 90 episode
Episode no.Season 4
Episode 5
Directed byRon Winston
Teleplay by Sumner Locke Elliott
Produced by Fred Coe
Original air date26 November 1959
Running time90 mins
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"The Grey Nurse Said Nothing" is a television play written by Sumner Locke Elliott. It was based on elements of the Shark Arm case but is mostly fictitious. The play was screened in the US in 1959 [1] as an episode of Playhouse 90 . It was performed on American and Australian television. [2]

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Plot

A shark is captured and throws up an identifiable human arm, with a tattoo. It is presumed the arm belongs to a boatman. A local tycoon is arrested for murder.

Witnesses at the trial include the tycoon's alcoholic wife, whom the boatman tried to seduce, and a local school teacher in love with the boatman.

Cast

Production

The play was set in Australia, a location that was uncommon on American TV at the time. [2]

The show had a cast of 120. Sumner Locke Elliot provided the sounds of a kookaburra because none were available; he imitated one in the studio. [3]

Reception

The Los Angeles Times called it a "suspenseful telecast" in which the cast "gave universally good performances." [4]

The Chicago Daily Tribune called it "thoroughly enjoyable". [5]

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References

  1. Television Preview The Washington Post, Times Herald ]26 Nov 1959: D23.
  2. 1 2 Vagg, Stephen (17 November 2020). "Forgotten Australian TV Plays: The Grey Nurse Said Nothing". Filmink.
  3. "A TV drama recalls the Shark Arm Murder". TV Times. 9 June 1960. pp. 8–9.
  4. Shanley, John P. (27 November 1959). "TV Review: Murder Trial Is Basis for Suspenseful Show". New York Times. p. 59.
  5. Staccato Format Is Still Bad Anderson, Robert. Chicago Daily Tribune 1 Dec 1959: b10.