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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 ...
Photographer
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Detective Tamblyn
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Dr. Alderman
Luba Goy ...
Beth Freemantle
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Connie Lawson
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Storyline

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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Release Date:

December 1982 (USA)  »

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Hell's Bells  »

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CAD 5,600,000 (estimated)
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(re-edited American) | (video)

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Known in the UK as Bells See more »

Quotes

[last lines]
Nat Bridger: I'll call ya!
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Pictures of telephones are displayed throughout the concluding credits, which finish with a telephone ringing. See more »

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Did You Forget To Pay Your Phone Bill?

Canadian horror film starring Richard Chamberlain as a professor out to prove a conspiracy exists in a huge phone company as they cover up a mad killer that uses high-pitch frequencies on the phone to kill people. The movie resembles Coma with its thriller-like atmosphere and its one person against the world protagonist. As thrillers go, the film is pretty enjoyable, although it is definitely short on logic. You really will need to suspend some disbelief here. Michael Anderson directs(quite a ways down from directing Around the World in Eighty Days if you ask me...which you didn't) with some polish and flair, using the materials he is given to their best. John Houseman is somewhat wasted in the film, but his verbal reparte with Chamberlain is quite amusing. Chamberlain is adequate in the lead. The special effects are...well, not too impressive. Some of the death scenes are over-acted and over-directed, and unintentionally amusing.


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