Newlyweds Ned and Vicki Bliss have a fight and Vicki leaves saying that she is going home to Mom and Dad and that Ned will never see her again! When Vicki doesn't return the next day, Ned figures there was more truth to her statement. Ned decides to visit her parents whom he had never met. When Ned reaches their home he is greeted with the news that Vicki is not there. What Ned doesn't know is Mary and Will Alden are not Vicki's parents but impostors. Ned notices Vicki's parents are unaware of any of the details that Vicki had shared with him of them and her childhood and Ned's suspicion begins. The parents are eager to get Ned out of the house and back on the road to find his wife and their daughter but Ned comes up with one delay after another to allow him time to do a little investigating of her parents. Written by
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Adapted from a pulp novel by Cornell Woolrich, YOU'LL NEVER SEE ME AGAIN features a rare performance by David Hartman, best known as a long running host of GOOD MORNING America. Truthfully, Hartman's calling as an on-screen talent was probably better suited to host rather than actor; here, he comes across as sort of a poor man's Jimmy Stewart, and never really seems comfortable on screen (though he does seem rather creepy when his character gets angry). Jess Walton is certainly lovely to look at, even if her performance seems a bit wooden (but that could also be due to the rather skimpy lines she's been given to read). One or two twists in this adaptation are Woolrich-worthy, but on the whole, it's probably a bit predictable for a modern audience, and ultimately rates as standard fare for an early 70s TV movie...even with direction by Jeannot Szwarc (a veteran of TV and feature films). All that being said, I'm still glad to have this one in my collection.
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