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Murder by Natural Causes (1979)

TV Movie  |   |  Drama, Mystery  |  17 February 1979 (USA)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Arthur Sinclair
Allison Sinclair
George Brubaker
Gil Weston
Bill Fiore ...
Marty Chambers
Eddie, Private Detective
Eve McVeagh ...
Helen Carrington
Jeff Donnell ...
Mrs. Mathews
Maida Severn ...
Garden Party Hostess
Lloyd McLinn ...
Television Actress
Jessica Rains ...
Judith-Marie Bergan ...
Production Assistant
Vivian Brown ...
Rosanna Huffman ...
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Allison, the unfaithful wife of a famous mentalist with a heart problem, together with her lover tries to kill him by scaring him to death, but the whole thing goes downhill when (spoiler)

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Drama | Mystery





Release Date:

17 February 1979 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Asesinato por causas naturales  »

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Did You Know?


The play that "Gil Weston" is appearing in is "Prescription: Murder", an actual play from 1962 written by William Levinson and Richard Link, notable for introducing their most famous creation, Lieutenant Columbo. In the original play, Lt. Columbo was portrayed by the famous character actor, Thomas Mitchellin what would be his last acting role. See more »


Garden Party Hostess: [to Allison] You must have a lot of courage, my dear... married to a mind reader? How could one keep secrets?
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Cleverest plot in ages
18 July 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I am in absolute agreement with the other reviewer - you simply cannot top this plot. If there ever was a title for the cleverest script in TV movie history 'Murder By Natural Causes' would win hands down. Yes, there are very few (The Last of Sheila, Guilty Conscience) that are pretty close but this one is as close to perfection as any script of the genre will come.

It is no surprise, of course, that the same team that created Columbo is responsible for this movie.

Practically unknown, it will probably never be issued on a DVD. What a pity - a textbook script that nobody will remember only because people prefer to watch Dumb and Dumber instead.

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