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Episode cast overview:
Michael 'Mike' Doran
Linda Curtis ...
Nancy Leyden
David Dreyer ...
Joe Davis
Sanford 'Sandy' Bates
Sharon Reischauer
Esther Leyden
Greg Leyden (as James Hutton)
Frank Linwood
Clarence Hartog
Richard Stahl ...
Richard 'Dick' Estabrook


Police looking for drug dealers mistakenly raid the house of a typical suburban family. However, rather than admit their mistake and jeopardize their careers, several of the police officers decide to plant heroin in the family's house, and change the records of the raid to make it look like the family was the target of their investigation all along. Based on a true story. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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20 August 1974 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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[first lines]
Clarence Hartog: Freeze! Move and you're dead.
Esther Leyden: Oh, my gosh.
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bland TV movie about the fallout from police framing a suburban family as drug dealers
29 September 2005 | by (Upstate New York) – See all my reviews

According to the video box, this is based on a true story. Produced by Dan Curtis (Dark Shadows, Trilogy of Terror, etc.), and the cast and crew is made up of a number of his regulars. Evidently broadcast as part of ABC's "Wide World of Mystery" though available individually on videotape now, which is how I saw it.

It starts with cops breaking into a house at about 2AM. They roust the Leydons from their bed, and the couple's daughter, though without announcing themselves as police. They start searching the house, and asking where the stuff is. Eventually, they say they're police and that they're looking for heroin.

One of the cops, "Sandy" Bates, realizes they got the wrong house, and quietly tells Clarence "Clare" Hartog, the guy in charge. Clare decides they need to plant heroin in the house, or otherwise their careers are over. The family is put under arrest. The two cops in charge spend the night shredding reports dealing with the right house (43 N. Hillcrest), and creating false reports for 43 Hillcrest.

Not surprisingly, the family has to go through a rough spot of suspecting each other. Likewise, their house is vandalized by people, and they receive harassing phone calls. Dad gets let go from his job, daughter is suspended from school. Linwood, a cop from the bust approaches them with his suspicions, and the rest of the movie deals with how the case proceeds and unravels.

Though nowhere near the same league as other miscarriage of justice movies like Hitchcock's The Wrong Man (1956), this isn't bad. It has the cheap look of something shot for 1970s television with studio cameras. I didn't catch any shadows of boom mikes, though there's one shot where one senses the lock on a camera being undone so it can pan.

Anyone know anything about the case this was based on?

There are trailers at the end for other TV movies available through USA Home Videos - The Ambush Murders; Cocaine: One Man's Seduction, and The Blue Knight (the George Kennedy one).

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