A high school teacher separated from his son plots revenge on his ex-wife.

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George Anderson
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Laura Anderson / Richardson
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David Richardson
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Beth Porter ...
Sandra
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Inspector
James Bradford ...
Private Detective
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Nancy
Stuart Chandler ...
Simon
Valerie Colgan ...
Miss Wainwright
Mavis Villiers ...
Martha
Elliott Sullivan ...
Harry
Bob Sherman ...
Barman
James Berwick ...
Headmaster
Margo Alexis ...
Miss Carter
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A high school teacher separated from his son plots revenge on his ex-wife.

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9 March 1974 (USA)  »

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Inspector: [putting down phone] They've traced the call.
[second phone rings]
David Richardson: [into phone] Laura. Don't worry, darling, they've traced the call. Where is he calling from?
Inspector: Let me speak to your wife, Mr Richardson. Mrs Richardson? I want you to listen very carefully and act very quickly. Whatever you do, try not to panic. I want you to go as quickly as you can to the front door, and open it as quietly as you can, and get out! We've traced the call. Anderson is upstairs in your husband's study.
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Referenced in Black Christmas (1974) See more »

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Prelude No.15 in D Flat
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Music by Frédéric Chopin
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Exceptional
5 May 2002 | by (Toronto) – See all my reviews

Disregard the relatively low score and negative comments. MOUSEY is one of the best made-for-TV suspense/horror films of the '70s, and that's saying something.

The film is taut from beginning to end....the sort of sustained low-key tension that keeps you on edge and engrossed, but rarely provides jump-out-of-your-seat moments. The alternate title, CAT AND MOUSE, is more apposite, for that's the game Kirk Douglas's character is playing throughout. How he outwits his ex-wife, her new husband, and their crew of private investigators is wonderfully entertaining.

Douglas's performance is a well-judged balance of pathos, dementia, and understandable spite, that ably evokes sympathy from the viewer. The remainder of the cast is not particularly noteworthy, but the other actors aren't given much to do anyway. It's Douglas's show.

The film's only other liability (minor as it is), aside from the odd snippet of painfully trite expository dialogue, is the music score. It isn't awful, but it doesn't do much to accentuate the suspense at key moments, and the same melancholy theme is repeated a little too often. Director Daniel Petrie's craftsmanship, however, is flawless and understated.

The thrilling conclusion of MOUSEY, a sequence of events that uncannily recalls the memorable, allegedly precedent-setting "call-tracing" scene from the estimable BLACK CHRISTMAS (1974), actually predates its more famous cousin: "Mousey" was broadcast on TV just weeks before "Black Christmas" started filming. Coincidence?


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