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"Thriller" In the Steps of a Dead Man (1974)

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27 May 1974 (Season 3, Episode 4)
When a young soldier suddenly dies, his parents and his girlfriend are naturally shocked and upset by the news... See more » | Add synopsis »
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 (Episode Cast) (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)
John Nolan ... Marty Fuller
Richard Vernon ... George Cornfield
Denise Buckley ... Sheila Howes
Faith Brook ... Betty Cornfield
Skye Aubrey ... Grace Worth
Derek Anders ... Sergeant O'Hara
Christopher Benjamin ... Medical Officer
Anne Robson ... Mrs. Howes
John Garvin ... Mr. Howes
Robert Marsh ... Military Policeman

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Directed by
Shaun O'Riordan 
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Brian Clemens (written by) and
Luanshya Greer (written by)

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John Sichel .... producer

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73 min
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Revealing mistakes: When Marty Fuller hammers his fist on the solid concrete basement wall near the end, it rocks violently, back and forth several inches, just the way that one made of thin sheet of hardboard would.See more »


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The Flaws Are Apparent . Too Much So, 12 September 2013
Author: Theo Robertson from Isle Of Bute, Scotland

Tommy Cornfield is a soldier killed on active service . A few months later a young soldier turns up at the doorstep on Tommy's grieving parents . The soldier introduces himself as Marty Fuller , Tommy's best friend from the army . Delighted to meet the young man the Cornfields treat Marty as a honoured guest but is Marty all he seems and does he have a sinister motive for meeting the Cornfields'

This is a simple straightforward crime thriller of " mysterious stranger turns up at elderly couples home " and might have been a slightly above average reworking of the theme but seems to constantly sabotage the premise . Take for example the opening scene where George Cornfield shows off his new video monitor invention thing to his wife Betty and just happen to stop upon a news report of Tommy being killed in action . What a contrived coincidence and let's not forget that that in 1974 24 hour news rolling channels wouldn't exist in Britain and even if it did it wouldn't be broadcasting soldiers being killed in action as it happened . I actually thought this implausible magic invention might be tied in to he plot but really doesn't go anywhere except to illustrate George is a fairly clever inventor . I also noticed the story structure suffers from a bit of padding - something THRILLER often suffers from as a whole - where the story climax would have worked much better with the story stopping on a close up of George's sweat filled face but the ending continues for yet another ten minutes where once again the audience are spoken down to . As it stands a potentially slightly above average story ends up becoming slightly less than average and would have probably worked as a TALES OF THE UNEXPECTED episode which isn't really a compliment

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