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Murder Once Removed (1971)

TV Movie  |  Not Rated  |   |  Drama, Mystery, Thriller  |  29 October 1971 (USA)
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A doctor and the wife of one of his wealthy patients hatch a plot to get rid of her husband so they can be together and get his money.


(as Charles Dubin)
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Complete credited cast:
Dr. Ron Wellesley
Frank Manning
Nurse Regis
Fred Kramer
Joseph Campanella ...
Lt. Phil Proctor
Lisa Manning


A doctor and the wife of one of his wealthy patients hatch a plot to get rid of her husband so they can be together and get his money.

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The perfect crime was death by prescription!


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Release Date:

29 October 1971 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Obsessive Doctor  »

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(Westrex Recording System)



Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Too Far-Fetched for its Own Good
26 December 2012 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Murder Once Removed (1971)

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Boring and far-fetched made-for-TV thriller about a doctor (John Forsythe) who plans on murdering a rich patient (Richard Kiley) and blaming another one so that he can be with the man's wife (Barbara Bain). At just 73-minutes, a routine running time for TV films from this era, MURDER ONCE REMOVED just never clicked for me and a lot of the problem can be pointed at the screenplay, which is just too far-fetched for its own good. Not for a single second did I believe the set-up of the murder, which was just downright silly and there were far too many holes or things that could have gone wrong. I'm not going to spoil what happens but earlier in the movie it's hinted at that the doctor could have murdered at least three other people. If he was smart enough to get away with murder it's hard to believe that he'd be dumb enough to go for this type of plot. I also had major issues with the wife character and especially her reactions to not only the murder but her entire affair with the doctor. I think the one thing that does go right here are the performances with Forsythe at least turning in strong work. I also thought Kiley was extremely good in the role of the husband and Wendell Burton is fine as a drug addict vet.

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