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The Pumpkin Competition 

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Rich, stingy and miserly Elma Dinnock is livid at losing the Yarborough Country pumpkin-growing contest 22 years in a row, and so gets help from a mysterious botanist for the next ... See full summary »

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Norman Reynolds

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Peter Z. Orton
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Episode cast overview:
Polly Holliday ... Elma Dinnock
June Lockhart ... Mildred
J.A. Preston ... Prof. Bertram Carver
Ritch Brinkley ... Mayor Chestor A. Barnsworth
Britt Leach ... Ernie
Ann Walker ... Ma
Joshua Rudoy ... Billy
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Rich, stingy and miserly Elma Dinnock is livid at losing the Yarborough Country pumpkin-growing contest 22 years in a row, and so gets help from a mysterious botanist for the next competition. Will she finally triumph? Written by Anonymous

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English

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1 December 1986 (USA) See more »

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Stereo

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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Utterly silly and fun
23 June 2015 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

This episode of "Amazing Stories" stars Polly Holliday (the lady who played Flo on the TV show "Alice") as Elma. Elma is rich and a nasty old skinflint. When the annual pumpkin judging contest occurs and she loses for the 21st year in a row, this nasty piece of work throws a tantrum--claiming the contest is rigged. Regardless, Mildred (June Lockhart) is crowned champion and Elma is furious.

Later a professor approaches Elma. He claims to have a formula to help her grow ENORMOUS pumpkins and he'll sell it to her for $10,000, as he needs this money to continue his research. Considering how cheap she is, it's not surprising that she's only willing to give him $5000 and the man leaves disappointed...but gives her the formula.

Shortly before the next year's competition, Elma is so confident that her enormous pumpkin will win that she bets EVERYTHING that she'll beat Mildred...EVERYTHING. Considering Elma's pumpkin looks like it weighs several tons, it does seem like a sure bet. Still, in shows like "Amazing Stories", you know that karma has a way of evening out the scales of justice.

This is a very strange and very funny episode--totally original and very clever. The ending, fortunately, is a pip as well! Well worth seeing.


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