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The Woman Who Wouldn't Die (1965)

Catacombs (original title)
An astute businesswoman is completely devoted to her faithless husband, who must kill her to carry on with her pretty young niece. It turns out that the dead don't die so easily.

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An astute businesswoman is completely devoted to her faithless husband, who must kill her to carry on with her pretty young niece. It turns out that the dead don't die so easily.

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Raymond's car is a 1964 Vauxhall Cresta PB 4-door saloon. Produced from 1962 to 1965 in the UK and Australia, less than 90,000 were made. See more »

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Around the 54th minute, Raymond rises from his bed and puts on a solid-colored robe over his pajamas. The next shot has Raymond descending the staircase, and he is now wearing a hounds-tooth coat instead of the robe. Raymond turns a corner and enters the kitchen, and he is no longer wearing the coat and is instead back to wearing the robe. See more »

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Gary Merrill and Jane Merrow stand to gain from Georgina Cookson's death
30 March 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"Catacombs" (1965) aka "The Woman Who Wouldn't Die" is listed as a noir in John Grant's extensive tabulation. It is, telling what has almost become a standard noir plot of murder for money gained by inheritance, with added twists. The cinematography has its dark sequences, combined with flatter photography. The production does feel like a television Alfred Hitchcock show at times, what with a relatively small cast, scope and not too many sets. The director, Gordon Hessler, is known as a Hitchcock man.

The story is developed in a reasonably interesting way, despite its familiarity. It's not really a horror story, but fright of the dead not being dead plays a significant role. It becomes a kind of mystery noir.

Gary Merrill plays a husband who has been bought and paid for by Georgina Cookson. Jane Merrow is Cookson's niece, and Merrill can't stay away from her.

The new DVD print of this looks very good.


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