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Charlie is a young woman who is thrilled that her favorite Uncle Charlie is coming home for good. But she soon discovers that her namesake, a "Wall Street financier," has a deep, dark secret. And knowledge of that secret by anyone can prove to be deadly. Written by
A flat remake of the 1943 Hitchcock film, which has has never been one of my favourites but did at least have atmosphere and decent performances, two elements lacking in this hopeless TV version. Mark Harmon replaces Joseph Cotton as Uncle Charlie, doted on by his family and his niece in particular. He turns up at their house to stay for a while, but beneath the jovial exterior may lie a dark secret - could he be the Merry Widow Murderer, on the run from the police?
Don't expect the movie to crank up the tension. It's a bland affair, the story is loose and flappy, and pretty much every moment that worked in the original is bodged here. Harmon's performance gives too much away too early, draining the central tension of the plot. Meanwhile Tippi Hedren appears in a pointless cameo, one of two she made in films derived from Hitchcock originals (the other was 'The Birds II'). Ho hum.
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