A famous author sets out to prove that a convicted murderer is innocent of his crimes.

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Frank Baxter ...
Himself - Host (as Dr. Frank Baxter)
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Mary Roberts Rinehart
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Ernest Weber
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Kurt Wolfgang Muller / Charlie Brown
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Dr. Samuel Rinehart
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State Attorney
Dayton Lummis ...
Publisher
Alan Dexter ...
Blake
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Old Sailor
Paul Newlan ...
Warden
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Doctor
Molly Roden ...
Maid
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Prison Guard
Gordon Mills ...
Reporter
Richard Hervey ...
Reporter
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A famous author sets out to prove that a convicted murderer is innocent of his crimes.

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3 December 1957 (USA)  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

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1.33 : 1
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Claudette Colbert and John Carradine
11 January 2011 | by (Youngstown,Ohio) – See all my reviews

TELEPHONE TIME was a dramatic TV series that attracted bigger Hollywood stars than most, with "Novel Appeal" reuniting Claudette Colbert and John Carradine, veterans of Cecil B. DeMille's "The Sign of the Cross" (1932) and "Cleopatra" (1934), plus John Ford's "Drums Along the Mohawk" (1939). Playing real life author Mary Roberts Rinehart, the still attractive, 54 year old Colbert interviews convicted murderer Ernest Weber (John Dierkes), coming away convinced that he is innocent of killing three people with an axe 15 years earlier, in 1896. Failing to get the authorities to reopen the case, she decides to write a mystery novel titled "The Afterhouse," covering the same events, but with the names changed. The real murderer is revealed to be religious fanatic Kurt Wolfgang Muller (Carradine), who boarded the ship and committed the murders under the name Charlie Brown, whose response to Mary's call provides a chilling reaction from his padded cell. Many familiar faces support the two stars, such as Paul Langton, John Hoyt, Paul Newlan, Robert Karnes, and Gene Roth, under the direction of Arthur Hiller, who soon graduated television for movies like "Love Story" and "Silver Streak."


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