The Snoop Sisters
|The Snoop Sisters|
The Snoop Sisters title card
|Created by||Alan Shayne|
Art Carney (Pilot)
Lawrence Pressman (Pilot)
|Opening theme||Jerry Fielding|
|Country of origin||USA|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||4 (+ 1 TV movie)|
|Executive producer(s)||Leonard B. Stern|
|Running time||90 min.|
|Production company(s)||Talent Associates-Norton Simon, Inc.|
|Original release||December 19, 1973 –|
March 19, 1974
|Related shows||NBC Wednesday Mystery Movie|
The series aired on a monthly rotation (referred to as a "wheel") as part of the NBC Wednesday Mystery Movie, trading timeslots with Banacek, Tenafly, and Faraday and Company. Of these series, only Banacek demonstrated any longevity.
The show stars Hollywood film actresses Helen Hayes and Mildred Natwick as two elderly sisters, Ernesta Snoop and Gwendolyn Snoop Nicholson, who routinely stumbled across mysteries, which they solved. Antedating Murder She Wrote, Ernesta was a mystery novelist, while her widowed sister Gwendolyn (known as "G") wrote the stories from Ernesta's dictation. (G was also a writer, but of poetry. She had one book of poetry published. Her late husband was named George, and G fancied he resembled Melvyn Douglas.) They first appeared on NBC in a TV movie titled The Snoop Sisters (later retitled The Female Instinct), which aired December 16, 1972.
Guest stars during the series' brief run included: Joan Blondell, Art Carney, Jill Clayburgh, Alice Cooper, William Devane, Tammy Grimes, George Maharis, Roddy McDowall, Eve McVeagh, Geraldine Page, Walter Pidgeon, Vincent Price, Fritz Weaver, and in her final screen appearance, Paulette Goddard.
- Helen Hayes as Ernesta Snoop
- Mildred Natwick as Gwendolyn Snoop Nicholson
- Lou Antonio as Barney
- Bert Convy as Lt. Steve Ostrowski
|Nº||Title||Directed by:||Written by:||Air date|
|0||"The Female Instinct"||Leonard B. Stern||Alan Sharp,|
Leonard B. Stern,
|December 18, 1972|
|Series pilot: A spinster and her widowed sister, who are both mystery writers, try to track down the killer of a former movie star.|
|1||"Corpse and Robbers"||Leonard Horn||Don Ingalls,|
Leonard B. Stern
|December 19, 1973|
|Ernesta receives a telephone call from an old gentleman friend — surprising, since he's been dead for months.|
|2||"Fear Is a Free-Throw"||Boris Sagal||Dorothy Herald||January 29, 1974|
|Gwendolyn is the prime suspect after a basketball star is poisoned by an antacid tablet she gave him.|
|3||"The Devil Made Me Do It!"||Leonard Horn||Tony Barrett,|
|March 5, 1974|
|The Snoop sisters uncover a satanic cult when they endeavor to unravel the murder of an airline passenger.|
|4||"A Black Day for Bluebeard"||David Friedkin||Tony Barrett,|
|March 19, 1974|
|Vincent Price guests as a washed-up horror movie star suspected of murdering his wealthy wife.|
Both Natwick and Hayes were nominated for an Emmy Award for their work on the program; Natwick won. Only four 90-minute episodes of the series were ever produced.
Although the series did not last, it made an attempt to cover timely material by featuring musician Alice Cooper, essentially as himself, but called "Prince", in an episode entitled "The Devil Made Me Do It", which aired March 5, 1974.
Visual Entertainment released The Snoop Sisters- The Complete Series on DVD in Canada on March 15, 2011; and in the US on June 7, 2011. Madman Entertainment released the complete series on DVD in Australia (Region 4) on March 16, 2011.
|DVD Name||Release dates|
|Region 1 (US)||Region 1 (CAN)||Region 4|
|The Complete Series||June 7, 2011||March 15, 2011||March 16, 2011|
- The Devil Made Me Do It "The Snoop Sisters"
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- "The Snoop Sisters DVD news: Release Date for The Snoop Sisters – The Complete Series in the USA". TVShowsOnDVD.com. Archived from the original on 2011-09-16. Retrieved 2011-09-21.
- "Snoop Sisters, The – The Complete Series (3 Disc Set)". Ezydvd.com.au. 2011-03-16. Retrieved 2011-09-21.
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