|"The Grey Nurse Said Nothing"|
|Playhouse 90 episode|
|Episode no.||Season 4|
|Directed by||Ron Winston|
|Teleplay by||Sumner Locke Elliott|
|Produced by||Fred Coe|
|Original air date||26 November 1959|
|Running time||90 mins|
"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 1959as an episode of Playhouse 90 . It was performed on American and Australian television.
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.
The play was set in Australia, a location that was uncommon on American TV at the time.
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.
The Los Angeles Times called it a "suspenseful telecast" in which the cast "gave universally good performances."
The Chicago Daily Tribune called it "thoroughly enjoyable".
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