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"Cannon" Dead Lady's Tears (1973)

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Who killed the lady? Well, after a while you realize that there are LOTS of possible suspects.

Author: MartinHafer from Bradenton, Florida
13 April 2017

The episode begins with a pretty lady informing her boyfriend that she is moving to New York City to become a model. He is not happy and despite her assurances they can have a long distance relationship, he's angry and sounds very possessive of her. He storms out of the place in a huff...and some creepy guy is outside her window watching this. Soon after this, she is discovered dead and suspicions fall on the boyfriend as, after all, they'd been arguing. I assumed the boyfriend must have had something to do with it, as he seemed very creepy and possessive...but you soon learn MANY men acted crazy around the dead lady, as she apparently enjoyed playing men. So who did kill her and why kill her in the first place?

This is a decent episode and is rather unusual. Not a great one by any stretch but a good one worth seeing.

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Like a Film Noir Without Flashbacks

Author: DrGlitterhouse from United States
26 September 2013

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

Cannon agrees to investigate the murder of a publicist's girlfriend, with whom the publicist had an argument just before she was killed. The client was seen leaving the apartment by the victim's roommate, who had been the publicist's girlfriend before he met the victim, Cannon is cautioned not to expect any special treatment just because he's an ex-cop by the lead homicide detective (played by a pre–Slap Maxwell Dabney Coleman), who apparently thinks he has an open-and-shut case against the publicist, and the trail that Cannon follows consists mainly of men who had been smitten with the victim.

While reasonably well done, "Dead Lady's Tears" plays like a film noir minus the shadows and flashbacks, and I wonder if it was intended as a homage to Betty Grable, who had died a few months earlier. The episode's writer, Steve Fisher, in addition to having written the screenplay for Lady in the Lake, also wrote the novel that served as the basis for the Betty Grable vehicle, I Wake Up Screaming. In 1973, before cable and home video, the similarities between this episode and that film might not have been so obvious as they seem today.

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