planktonrules from Bradenton, Florida
15 October 2015
This episode of "Kraft Suspense Theatre" is a bit unusual because it
stars a husband-wife duo, John Cassavetes and Gena Rowlands who were
married during the filming of this episode.
The show begins with Lois Baxter (Rowlands) singing in a night club.
Behind the scenes, her agent, Ozzie (Jack Klugman) is a nervous
wreck--waiting for some phone call from Omaha. A bit later, after
hours, Ozzie finds a young lady waiting--hoping to see Rowlands. After
the commercial break, this lady is dead...and Ozzie's accused of
killing her. What happened? The audience isn't sure. Lois is sure he's
innocent of hurting the girl but the community is sure he did it. A
lawyer, Peter Chandler (Cassavetes) is asked to take the case...and
he's not at all anxious to take it.
There are MANY problems with this episode. Not making it clear whether
Ozzie did anything wrong or not was fine...but to never really clarify
this ever was a mistake. Additionally, several times key parts of the
show seemed missing--such as the verdict!! Strangely disjoint and
unsatisfying. It was so much so that I actually re-watched a few
scenes--just to make sure I wasn't missing anything.
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