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Cops know that a murderer is loose and killing lonely old ladies...but how will they find out WHO is doing this?!
Like many installments of "The ABC Movie of the Week", this one had a neat idea but quick production times doom this one to mediocrity status. It's a shame, as it's Rosalind Russell's final film and I really did wish it had been better.
Two detectives (one is Ross Martin) see a pattern. Old, lonely ladies are being murdered and the one thing they all have in common is that they all used dating services (here, called 'Lonely Hearts Clubs'). So they check out the local dating services but can't find the one agency that they all used.
In the meantime, you see Laurita (Russell) as she's being wooed by a suitor from the dating service. Rex (Douglas Fairbanks Jr.) is charming and she is quite taken with him...and you assume she's about to become his next victim.
So why was I not a big fan of the film? Well, it was all Russell's character--one who just didn't make sense much of the time. What also made no sense was the way overly complicated and silly way the baddies tried to kill her. Why not just toss her off a cliff or put a bullet in her head?! Duh. The writing just left me cold.
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