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Death Scream (1975)

Unrated | | Crime, Drama | TV Movie 26 September 1975
A docudrama based on the actual incident involving Catherine "Kitty" Genovese who, on March 13, 1964, was attacked and viciously stabbed to death several times by a psychopath, while nearby residents watched but did nothing to help.




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Cast overview, first billed only:
Detective Nick Rodriguez
Detective Dave Lambert (as John Ryan)
Phillip Clark ...
Detective Johnny Bellon
Peter Singleton
Mr. Jacobs
Betty May
Mrs. Singleton
Hilda Murray
Mrs. Jacobs
Alice Whitmore
Dimitra Arliss ...
Mrs. Kosinsky
Harry Whitmore (as Bill Bryant)


A young woman is murdered in an alley. The crime is heard or seen by the residents of a nearby apartment building, but none of them did anything to help and they refuse to cooperate with the police during the investigation. Written by Anonymous

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26 September 1975 (USA)  »

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Starry Night for ABC
16 January 2014 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

In the opening scene, a young woman is beaten to death near her Brooklyn, New York apartment. For a variety of reasons, her screams are mostly ignored by an estimated 15 neighbors. Lead detective Raul Julia (as Nick Rodriguez) and co-starring officers John Ryan (as Dave Lambert) and Phillip Clark (as Johnny Bellon) have a difficult task. The police aren't even sure of the perpetrator's gender...

This crime drama aired as "The Movie of the Week" on ABC during the fall roll out of the network's popular anthology series. It looks like a spin-off series was considered, but advertisers would not have been happy with several instances of adult story aka "pushing the envelope" content; one co-star has sex with a witness and a guest star is clearly noted to be a lesbian. The aforementioned trio of co-starring lawmen perform their roles very well. In the leading role as a single father cop from Puerto Rico, Mr. Julia is terrific. His daughter is played by child actress Helen Hunt...

What really weighs the story down is an endless assortment of guest stars, special guest stars and cameos. There are so many familiar faces, they become a distraction. This is especially evident in the early scenes, when we see Edward Asner (once "Lou Grant"), Art Carney ("Ed Norton"), Diahann Carroll ("Julia"), Cloris Leachman ("Phyllis") and Nancy Walker ("Mrs. Morgenstern") in quick succession. Of these, only Ms. Leachman (as Audrey Singleton) has a subplot worth following. Also made relevant is Eric Braeden (as Kosinsky), later best known for "The Young and the Restless"...

Later stars benefit from being presented in relative isolation. Far from "Gilligan's Island", Tina Louise is almost a show-stopper. Out of "Dark Shadows", Kate Jackson breezes by on a walk. Big brother on "Leave It to Beaver" Tony Dow and lesser known Todd Susman are very effective suspects. Not being identified with a TV role, Sally Kirkland easily blends into the story. Surprisingly successful at being one of the least showy faces is "Here's Lucy" daughter Lucie Arnaz.

****** Death Scream (9/26/75) Richard T. Heffron ~ Raul Julia, John Ryan, Phillip Clark, Cloris Leachman

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