"Pink Camellias" begins with weepy violin music, and the woeful story of a woman named Martha. Orphaned at a young age, she has spent her life in servitude to her invalid aunt, Abby. Martha's joyless life has turned her into a drab spinster, but she has become accustomed to it.
Into this situation, appears Neil, the nephew of Aunt Abby's second husband. Things brighten up for Martha, and she immediately falls in love with this handsome stranger. Martha knows that Neil is only after her aunt's money, but she doesn't mind.
As it turns out, Neil does take a liking to Martha, but in an insincere sort of way. Together, the two of them decide that the fastest route to a happy future means clearing their path of the crabby aunt upstairs. We know that Aunt Abby is in trouble, but does she? It seems that all she cares about is complaining and eating cream cakes.
"Pink Camellias" was written by Charmine McGurk and starred film and television actress Marsha Hunt as Martha. Verna Felton played Aunt Abby and Wendell Holmes played Neil. This episode aired on December 27, 1945.
(Image of Marsha Hunt in Cry Havoc (1943) from Wikimedia Commons)