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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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neat mystery
5 December 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Years ago, mysteries like "Murder Once Removed" were common TV fare, and frankly, I liked it that way.

This is a particularly neat one starring John Forsythe, Richard Kiley, Joe Campanella, Barbara Bain, and Reta Shaw. Forsythe plays Dr. Wellesley, who has a less than stellar past, which he's been reminded of by the husband of the woman (Bain) he's in love with (Kiley).

Wellesley plans to get rid of his competition and plans the perfect murder, framing a young Vietnam vet (Wendell Burton) whom he's weaning off of a heroin addiction. The camera has Forsythe in tight closeup most of the time, and with its hard lens, it's unforgiving.

Very entertaining, and it's nice to see all those old TV stars once again, including Forsythe, who didn't usually play someone evil, the terrific Kiley, the always reliable Reta Shaw as Dr. Wellesley's nurse and Barbara Bain as the very attractive object of the doc's affections. Now 84, Joseph Campanella was once a mainstay of prime time TV, and he still pops up occasionally.

Someone said the script was far-fetched -- maybe, but it's very intriguing. Enjoy.

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