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The Victim (1972)

TV Movie  -   -  Crime | Mystery | Thriller  -  14 November 1972 (USA)
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A wealthy woman is trapped during a storm in a house with no electricity or phone. A killer has murdered her sister, stuffed the body in the basement, and is now after her.



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Credited cast:
Kate Wainwright
Mrs. Hawkes
Sue Ane Langdon ...
Edith Jordan
Ben Chapel
Susan Chappel
Richard Derr ...
Highway Patrolman
Ross Elliott ...
1st Patrolman
George Jue ...
George, the butler
Joe Furlong ...
2nd Patrolman
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Michael Keller ...
Station Attendant


A wealthy woman is trapped during a storm in a house with no electricity or phone. A killer has murdered her sister, stuffed the body in the basement, and is now after her. Written by

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The phone is not the only thing that's dead in Susan's house!





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The film is set during a terrible rainstorm, but during the filming production "suffered" from near-perfect weather conditions, so 100,000 gallons of water had to be streamed through rain towers to achieve the desired effect. Ironically, a week after filming was completed, torrential rains flooded the area. See more »


Version of Thriller: The Storm (1962) See more »

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After learning that her sister Susan is contemplating divorce, Kate decides to travel to the distraught woman's remote country home and spend some time with her. When Kate arrives, however, Susan is nowhere in sight. That's because someone has murdered her and stuffed the body in a trunk in the basement. As a storm rages outside, Kate tries to figure out where her sister could have gone and places her own life in great danger...the killer is still on the premises! In her first post-BEWITCHED vehicle, Elizabeth Montgomery gives a solid dramatic performance. Merwin Gerard's teleplay is based on a short story by McKnight Malmar. Malmar's tale was first brought to television in 1962 as an episode of Boris Karloff's THRILLER anthology series. THRILLER stuck very closely to the story, which is kind of a pity, for it could have used a little punching up. Granted Malmar wrote a moderately creepy number, but Gerard (creator of the ONE STEP BEYOND show) adds several clever ingredients that heighten the tension and suspense.

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