The Elgin Hour (1954–1955)
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Sting of Death 

A man with a taste for fresh honey discovers that the bees making it in the rural area of England where he lives have turned deadly.


Daniel Petrie


Gerald Heard (novel) (as H.F. Heard), Alvin Sapinsley (adaptation)


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Episode cast overview:
Boris Karloff ... Mr. Mycroft
Robert Flemyng ... Mr. Silchester
Hermione Gingold ... Alice
Martyn Green Martyn Green ... Mr. Hargrove


Silchester is academic on summer vacation in a cottage in rural England with a taste for honey for breakfast and tea. He finds it increasingly difficult to obtain it as beekeepers in the area are going out of business with the exception of Mr. Hargrove, a sinister local apiarist. His neighbor, Mr. Mycroft, a retired public official, tries to warn Silchester that Hargrove has bred his bees to become deadly. Among the victims of these killer bees are other colonies in the neighborhood, Mycroft's dog, and Hargrove's own wife. When an attempt is made on his own life, the doubting Silchester joins forces with Mycroft to turn the tables on him. Written by

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Release Date:

22 February 1955 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


This adaptation by Alvin Sapinsley of the novel "A Taste for Honey" won a 1956 Edgar Award as best Episode of a Television Series. See more »


Mr. Silchester: The sign says, "Ring the bell for honey."
Mr. Hargrove: I'm a reading man myself.
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(1928) (uncredited)
Words by L. Wolfe Gilbert
Music by Mabel Wayne
Sung (repeatedly) by Hermione Gingold
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Top-notch television mystery!
28 January 2010 | by SarozSee all my reviews

I happened upon this little gem on a set containing film and television dramas relating to a certain, very famous detective. I didn't expect much from it, but I was very pleasantly surprised: this is a corker of a little mystery, just the right scope for what is, basically, a stage play on TV.

Boris Karloff and Robert Flemyng both give great performances. I don't want to give away whom Karloff is really playing - he tells Flemyng's character, "You can call me Mr. Mycroft, if you will" - but I think any smart amateur sleuth will figure it out and be absolutely delighted with Karloff's unusual interpretation.

Well worth seeking out.

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