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Zig Zag (1970)

GP | | Drama, Thriller | 27 April 1970 (USA)
A dying man frames himself for the kidnapping and murder of an industrialist so his wife and daughter can benefit from the reward money. However, his plan goes awry when he is cured!

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Paul R. Cameron
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Mario Gambretti
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Asst. Dist. Atty. Herb Gates
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Morris Bronson
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Harold Tracey
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Adam Mercer
Anita O'Day ...
Sheila Mangan
Joan Tompkins ...
Judge Beth Weaver
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Burt Stennis
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Jim Harris
Stewart Moss ...
Edgar Courtland
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Sara Raymond
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Sgt. Mason Weber
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A dying man frames himself for the kidnapping and murder of an industrialist so his wife and daughter can benefit from the reward money. However, his plan goes awry when he is cured! Written by Marty McKee <mmckee@wkio.com>

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Getting In Was Easy...Getting Out Was Murder! See more »

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Drama | Thriller

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The only acting credit for legendary jazz singer Anita O'Day (character Sheila Mangan). Ms O'Day died at age 87 in 2006. See more »

Connections

Remade as Naan Vaazha Vaippen (1979) See more »

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On Green Dolphin Street
Written by Bronislau Kaper and Ned Washington
Performed by Anita O'Day
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Mildly diverting thriller
10 January 2012 | by (Victoria, BC) – See all my reviews

This thriller had all but been forgotten until it was recently resurrected on Turner Classic Movies, where I finally got to watch it. It has a neat premise - a dying man decides to frame himself for a kidnapping/murder so that his wife will get the reward money... but complications happen. The movie is never boring, and George Kennedy and Eli Wallach both give solid performances. Also, there is an ending that you probably couldn't get away with in a Hollywood movie today. It's a good movie, though there are a few things holding it back from greatness. The direction and feel of the movie come across more like what you'd expect for a television show of the era. Also, the movie is a little slow. I am not demanding breakneck speed, but I think the movie could have been tightened a little. It's still worth seeing, and women may get some extra enjoyment out of it because Kennedy appears nude in one scene.


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