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"Kojak" Life, Liberation and the Pursuit of Death (1975)

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The Gaslight Technique

6/10
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York
21 January 2013

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Two kids of privilege William Katt and Jim Borelli aren't real happy with their grade. So in trying to persuade the professor to change it, these two privileged brats kill the man. Then when they try to dump the body, Joanna Miles spots them.

They've got the resources to find out about her and when she identifies one of them, the other wages a 'Gaslight' type plan to make her unravel as surely as Charles Boyer was trying to do that to Ingrid Bergman. She's in a high stress occupation in the advertising world and she gets set up in a number of cruel ways to guarantee she's a basket case come the trial.

Of course Telly Savalas and the Manhattan South Squad figure it all out. And you'll feel a great sense of satisfaction seeing these two get their's.

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Enough To Drive One Nuts

9/10
Author: ccthemovieman-1 from United States
7 May 2012

Two college punks who aren't happy about their grades, confront the professor and plan to blackmail him into changing his grades.

The problem: one of the dummies accidentally kills the teacher. Now the two of them, being the good citizens they are, decide to compound matters by dumping the prof's body into the water. Another problem: there is a witness to this, a stressed-out woman who hiding nearby in back of a truck.

The stress on her is her job, trying to succeed as an advertising executive. She's on medication and is ready to unravel.

Now the real story arrives for the rest of the episode. The witness "Lorelei" (Joanna Miles) comes forth to identify one of the men and while he's put away, the other begins a campaign of terror against the witness, trying to proves she's too unstable to talk at a trial. The show becomes very suspenseful as this woman is put through mental hell.

Miles is interesting as the witness. One of the young crooks ("Carey") was played by William Katt, who went on to TV fame about six years later in "The Greatest American Hero." He ain't a hero in this story.

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