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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
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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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