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The Girl in the Empty Grave (1977)

The police chief of a small town begins an investigation after a young woman, who was supposed to have died several months previously, shows up at the funeral of her parents, who had been murdered.

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Police Chief Abel Marsh
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Courtland Gates
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Deputy Malcolm Rossiter Jr.
Mitzi Hoag ...
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Deputy Fred
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David Alden
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MacAlwee
Mary-Robin Redd ...
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Elizabeth Alden
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Jedediah Partridge
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Dr. Susan Glasglow
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Harry
Hunter von Leer ...
Deputy John
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Dr. Peter Cabe
Eddie Foy Jr. ...
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The police chief of a small town begins an investigation after a young woman, who was supposed to have died several months previously, shows up at the funeral of her parents, who had been murdered.

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20 September 1977 (USA)  »

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Obscure, but a great film!
29 December 2007 | by (McDermott, Ohio) – See all my reviews

Andy Griffith plays police chief Abel Marsh and is just a little more serious than Sheriff Andy Taylor of Andy's TV show fame.

Here, were have a "cosy murder" mystery and Andy has to follow up on all the clues. The supposed dead girl has been intermittently seen driving through town in her convertible. A cast of timeless characters promotes the film's upbeat, humorous undertones.

The casting is very good but the locations and sets are superb. This film is SORT OF one of a series of three films and this one is the best of the three. The others are "Deadly Game" and "Winter Kill," although, in the latter film, Andy plays Sheriff Sam McNeill -- still, it's the same sort of movie in the same sort of location. I love all three of these mysteries.

These films are very tough to find on the video market so you may have to catch them on television.


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