A detective investigates the disappearance of the promiscuous wife of a timid salesman, and finds that everything is not quite as it appears.

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Lieutenant Dan August
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Marian Ord
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Leona Miller
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George Ord
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Mayor Jack Parker
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Chief Frank Untermyer
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Sergeant Charles Wilentz
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Sal Gilman (as Mark Richman)
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Paul Durstine
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Bill Foley
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Lillian Crane (as Lynda Day)
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Connie Durstine
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Sheriff Muntz
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Margaret Ord
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Reverend Ryan Hagen (as Laurence Dane)
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Told in flashbacks, L.A. detective Lieutenant Dan August investigates the disappearance of housewife, Marian Ord whose extramarital activities possibly provide clues to her absence. The police believe she has been murdered by her distraught husband George but they can't come up with a corpse and thereby hangs the mystery. Written by alfiehitchie

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Originally made for cinemas, it was cut by nearly 30 minutes and went straight to ABC-TV on January 11, 1970 where it was a big ratings grabber. See more »

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The bloodstains shown on the refrigerator at the beginning of the movie are in a completely different location from where they appear when it is later shown whose blood it was and how it got there. In the opening sequence, the stains are on the front of the refrigerator, whereas when they are shown being put on, the streaks go above the top of the door. See more »

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Chief Frank Untermyer: He's a good cop, Jack. If you take him off this case, you might destroy him.
Mayor Jack Parker: We're all good cops, Frank. It's just that some of us have learned to bend with the wind.
Chief Frank Untermyer: Yeah, who knows. Maybe for a man that just shows a lack of spine.
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Excellent TV Movie with Janet Leigh & Christopher George!
27 October 2003 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is probably one of the best TV movies made in this era. Great opening scene with Eve Plumb finding one of the bloodiest crime scenes in any movie of the era (TV or Theater). All that blood and no body! We see Janet in flashbacks to great advantage with a who's who of Hollywood at the time (Peter Mark Richman, William Windom, etc) Great locations as well, the "House" is in Pacific Palisades, the old Oxnard, CA Library serves as the police station. The old Santa Monica Beach Home of Marion Davies is the Country Club. Great acting all the way around. The flashbacks are really interesting and do not get boring. I never get tired of seeing this great movie, I wish it were on DVD! Julie Harris is also very good in a rare TV role. Too bad they didn't use Christopher George in the series, it may have lasted longer. Look for Chris' wife Lynda Day in a small role as a pothead secretary. The ending is a plot twist as well, and kind of ironic considering Janet's earlier work in Psycho.


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