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Murder by Natural Causes (1979)

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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Arthur Sinclair
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Allison Sinclair
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George Brubaker
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Gil Weston
Bill Fiore ...
Marty Chambers
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Eddie, Private Detective
Eve McVeagh ...
Helen Carrington
Jeff Donnell ...
Mrs. Mathews
Maida Severn ...
Garden Party Hostess
Lloyd McLinn ...
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Judith-Marie Bergan ...
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Vivian Brown ...
Maid
Rosanna Huffman ...
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The film opens as Arthur Sinclair, a successful mentalist (Hal Holbrook) is talking on the phone with his young wife Allison (Katherine Ross). She wishes him luck as he departs to give an interview. Than we learn that she is in bed with another man Gil (Barry Bostwick). Gil is a trying actor in love with Allison and we soon learn that she is planning to have Gil kill Arthur by scaring him to death (as he has a heart problem). Their plan is to have Gil storm the house pretending to be a thief and than point a gun at Arthur who would die from the shock. The faithful night comes and Gil storms the house but Arthur sees him before he can reach the gun. Gil presents himself as a journalist there to make an interview with Arthur. He and Gil have a hearty conversation and it turns out that both men have something on each other. Gil knows that Arthur is a fake and that he somehow knew the information about a killer in a different town and Arthur knows that Gil is not a journalist. Gil is not ... Written by Matthew James (Filmfan 97)

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17 February 1979 (USA)  »

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Asesinato por causas naturales  »

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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 »

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Arthur Sinclair: [to George] Allison tried to have me killed tonight.
[George stares at Allison, but says nothing]
Arthur Sinclair: Didn't you hear me? I said-...
Arthur Sinclair: I heard you, Arthur.
[to Allison]
Arthur Sinclair: What went wrong?
Allison Sinclair: He was expecting it.
George Brubaker: [glances at Arthur, then] Impossible.
Allison Sinclair: He found out about Gil months ago. Tonight was a set-up!
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Don't let the (1979) fool you. This is an excellent movie.
22 June 1999 | by (Louisiana, USA) – See all my reviews

I must admit that before editing this movie I was dreading having to watch this movie just because the year was 1979 when it was made. As I began watching this movie I totally forgot about the year and got caught up in the mind reader. I also was curious to where I had seen the wife's secret lover before. And then I realized it was the Mayor from Spin City. It was pretty funny watching this movie because of the way this character was acting.

I like the whole plot though. It kept me in suspense throughout the whole movie. This is a good movie to rent. DON'T BE FOOLED BY THE YEAR 1979!!!

2 THUMBS UP!


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