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Murder by Phone (1982)

A disgruntled phone company employee develops a device whereby those answering a phone can be murdered, and it's up to Nat Bridger to stop the killer.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Nat Bridger
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Stanley Markowitz
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Ridley Taylor
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Noah Clayton
Gary Reineke ...
Lt. Meara
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Fred Waites
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John Websole
James B. Douglas ...
Jack Gilsdorf
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Fil Thorner
Neil Munro ...
Winters
Jefferson Mappin ...
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Detective Tamblyn
Colin Fox ...
Dr. Alderman
Luba Goy ...
Beth Freemantle
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Connie Lawson
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A disgruntled phone company employee develops a device whereby those answering a phone can be murdered, and it's up to Nat Bridger to stop the killer.

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Your phone can pierce your brain, explode your heart, and jolt you ten feet in the air! See more »


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December 1982 (USA)  »

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Hell's Bells  »

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CAD 5,600,000 (estimated)
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Known in the UK as Bells See more »

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Nat Bridger: I'll call ya!
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Crazy Credits

Pictures of telephones are displayed throughout the concluding credits, which finish with a telephone ringing. See more »

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Cant afford a knife? Why not use the phone instead?
23 October 2007 | by (Beverley Hills, England) – See all my reviews

Given the title, you would expect 'Murder by Phone' to be a silly eighties slasher style flick...and that's actually more or less what it is. The most notable thing about this film is definitely the killer's modus operandi. Most slashers simply feature some guy with a knife, but the killer in this film has decided to go a step further than that and had developed a way to use an ordinary telephone as a murder weapon! Obviously, the whole thing comes off as being more than a little bit silly, but the way that the murders are carried out is amusing enough. The plot centres on these murders and takes the form of an investigative thriller, as our hero, Nat Bridger, begins looking into the death of one of his students. The film is never really all that interesting, but at least it's not boring and there's usually another murder scene just around the corner anyway; though unfortunately, they are pretty much the same. Director Michael Anderson does manage some fairly good moments of suspense, a couple of major characters have close calls (no pun intended) when speaking on the phone and there are various other bits and bobs to keep us interested. I can't say that this is a brilliant film, but it's at least worth a look.


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