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The first of the five films where Bill Elliott played a detective lieutenant in the L.A Sheriff's department, Dial Red "O" (the correct title with the number 0 (zero), as on a telephone dial, shown in ") opens with war-torn veteran Ralph Wyatt getting word that his wife is divorcing him, and he flees the psychiatric ward of the veteran's hospital, wanting to talk to her. His escape touches off an all-out manhunt, led by Lieutenant Andy Flynn of the sheriff's department. Wyatt's wife, Connie is having an affair with Norman Roper, a judo expert in Wyatt's old Marine unit. When Roper refuses to divorce his own wife (Regina Gibson) to marry Connie, they have a violent quarrel in Connie's apartment. Roper kills Connie and incriminates Wyatt, who is arrested and held on suspicion of homicide. Convinced that Roper is the real murderer, Wyatt escapes from his cell in the Hollywood Sheriff's office, and goes to Roper's home. Lt. Flynn has discovered evidence pointing to Roper as the killer, ... Written by
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Ralph Wyatt (Keith Larsen) escapes from a psychiatric institution in order to confront his wife Connie (Helene Stanley) over their divorce. He intends to return once he has seen her. However, Connie has been having an affair with his friend Norman (Paul Picerni) behind Ralph's back. When Norman refuses to marry her now that she is free and single once again, a fight ensues and she is killed. Norman stitches up Ralph, who is arrested for murder. However, Ralph escapes from custody in order to avenge his wife's death. At the same time, Det. Flynn (Bill Elliott) is discovering the truth....
I was surprised at how good this film was. It's made with a sparse cast who are all believable and likable in their roles and the action unfolds at a good pace. I thought the film was going to be crap and was anticipating hitting the "stop" button, but my girlfriend and I found ourselves watching to the end and even cheering out loud at certain moments! It's a solid story and it has a good soundtrack.
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