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Name That Trauma :: Reader Andyboy on a Killer Kitchen

April 23rd, 2009 by aunt john · 5 Comments

name that trauma!

Holy smokes… what a website. It’s nothing short of genius that you thought to create a place where people could share the one very special thing that they all have in common…. terrifying childhood trauma.

Here’s my mystery trauma. When I was around six or seven years old (late ’70s) I remember seeing a small portion of a film that haunts me to this day. All I remember is that there was a very fat, bald, British man, possibly with a monocle, who may or may not have been investigating a crime. The scene that has stuck with me is a man walking into an industrial grade kitchen (the kind you may find in a hotel) that has been shut down for the night. With most of the lights off, he notices the red glow of one of the ovens which should not have been on. He opens the door, and a woman’s arm tips and falls out. Yikes. Here are some other quick notes:

  • The oven was not close to the ground, but rather at eye level. I think.
  • I believe there was a hard cut from that scene to a shot of something resembling the U.N. Assembly. I distinctly remember flags and a very large room.
  • I recall the British man having a vague resemblance to JOHN HOUSEMAN only much larger. He was also rather feminine.
  • I don’t believe this movie was a horror. I’m certain that it was a thriller in the vain of AGATHA CHRISTIE. In fact I wouldn’t be surprised if it was somehow related to her writings.

Any help would be largely appreciated, people! I’m more than ready to put this one to bed.



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5 responses so far ↓

  • 1 EegahIncNo Gravatar // Apr 23, 2009 at 9:21 am

    I’m going to go way out on a limb here and suggest Who Is Killing The Great Chefs Of Europe? starring Robert Morley. I haven’t seen it in ages, but it rings a bell for some reason, and Morley fits your British guy description.

  • 2 aunt johnNo Gravatar // Apr 23, 2009 at 9:32 am

    That sounds like it could be it… there seem to be a bunch of ovens in the only clip I could find, plus it has GEORGE SEGAL speaking with a twang:

  • 3 AndyboyNo Gravatar // Apr 23, 2009 at 10:26 am

    Wow. I’m almost positive that’s it. I’ve saved it to my Netflix queue and we’ll find out soon enough. Thanks all!

  • 4 Amanda By NightNo Gravatar // Apr 23, 2009 at 10:41 am

    OMG, That is a great movie! Nerd confession: I have a tee shirt for that movie. Seriously. Love it! Haven’t seen it in years, but I remember loving it as a teenager!

  • 5 StellaroseNo Gravatar // Apr 24, 2009 at 12:21 am

    Oh my gosh….I saw about half of this movie when I was in 4th grade.  I have thought about it for years never having a clue what movie it was!!!  But this is the movie….so excited to see this post.

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