Spring 2009 – Bull in a China Shop


Bull in a China Shop

by C. B. Gilford
Directed by Ian Glen

When a houseful of sweet little old ladies discover that a handsome bachelor lives across the street, they are delighted. When they learn that he is none other than Detective Dennis O’Finn, of Homicide, they are faced with the problem of how to attract his attention. The answer is simplicity itself: a nice, genteel homicide with a cup of tea as the murder weapon. When a brash young woman reporter begins to suspect the truth, she becomes the next target. O’Finn is terribly embarrassed when at last he discovers that he himself is the motive for these madcap goings-on, and, in desperation, manages to solve the case. But the dear old ladies are too fond of him and in the end they turn the tables on him! First a short story in Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine, later a success on Alfred Hitchcock Presents, and now a stage veteran of hundreds of performances around the country, Bull in a China Shop continues to enchant audiences everywhere.


Back row from left to right are:

Helen Weeden as Hildegarde, the landlady.
Diane Brown as Kramer, detective second class.
Dawn Levy as Jane, the go-getter reporter.
Valerie Taller as Amantha, a resident.
Janet Ramsahoye as Birdie, another resident.
Anita D’Arcy as Nettie, yet another resident.
Penny Potter as Lucy, a tipsy resident.
Anette King (lying) as Elizabeth, no longer a resident.
Roy Ballantine (kneeling) as O’Finn, detective first class.