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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

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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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First the line goes dead, then... See more »


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December 1982 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Hell's Bells  »

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CAD 5,600,000 (estimated)
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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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Crazy Credits

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

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Referenced in Pop Culture Beast's Halloween Horror Picks: The Car (2015) See more »

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'idiosyncratic, Canadian shocker'
23 January 2014 | by See all my reviews

Richard Chamberlin makes for an amiable hero in this idiosyncratic, Canadian shocker. He plays Nat Bridger, an idealistic, ecologically aware lecturer who eventually discovers through diligent investigation, somewhat incredulously, that a nefarious individual has manufactured a monstrous device that turns the once prosaic phone into a conduit of agonizing death. Includes nice support from John Houseman as his crotchety mentor, whose amenable exterior may conceal ulterior motives. 'Bells' might seem to have an entirely implausible premise, but nonetheless manages to coalesce into an efficient, and highly entertaining, early 80's horror; which is lent considerable verisimilitude by, Chamberlin's earnest performance. 'Bells' comes highly recommended.


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