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Cry Panic (1974)

TV Movie  |   |  Mystery, Thriller  |  6 February 1974 (USA)
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A man accidentally runs over and kills a pedestrian outside a small town. He begins to suspect that the locals, including the sheriff, are keeping secrets about the victim.



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Cast overview:
David Ryder
Sheriff Ross Cabot
Chuck Braswell
Doc Potter
Claudia McNeil ...
Ethel Hanson
Eddie Firestone ...
Gene Tyburn ...
Jason Wingreen ...
Grady (as Roy Applegate)
Wesley Lau ...
Joe Red
Jason Ledger ...
Pitt Herbert ...


A man accidentally runs over and kills a pedestrian outside a small town. He begins to suspect that the locals, including the sheriff, are keeping secrets about the victim. Written by

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6 February 1974 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Le mort à disparu  »

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Miranda's Lover
18 February 2006 | by (Virginia Beach) – See all my reviews

Sometimes movies can seem better because the appearance of an actor recalls past roles that expand the scope of the story.

In this case, we have a short TeeVee movie that isn't incompetent. For the era, that was a major deal.

Its based on "The Chase" with Jane Fonda and Marlon Brando, plus an already famous Rod Serling -type twist. A driver kills a drunk pedestrian in a remote town, then the facts become all contested by those in that town.

We are supposed to be sustained by the depth of the characters; compared to other TeeVee fodder, they are deep. But if you watch it today, you won't have that, so you have to rely on the twist and threat to carry you, and they just aren't that powerful.

But it features Ann Francis in a key role, a mysterious beautiful woman who represents the mystery.

This is the same woman who at 26 played the teenage daughter of a Prospero in perhaps the greatest pure science fiction movie ever, "Forbidden Planet." Her face has changed (here at 43), but she has that distinctive mole that transports us back to the planet every time we see her here.

In "planet" she was a sort of representative of uncontrollable urges that represent the larger part of life.

If you know that, and can read it into this thin construction, it is enriched.

Ted's Evaluation -- 1 of 3: You can find something better to do with this part of your life.

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