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The Failing of Raymond (1971)

On the day before she retires, a teacher discovers that a student she had flunked ten years previously is out to kill her.


Boris Sagal


Adrian Spies


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Credited cast:
Jane Wyman ... Mary Bloomquist
Dean Stockwell ... Raymond
Dana Andrews ... Allan McDonald
Paul Henreid ... Dr. Abel
Murray Hamilton ... Sgt. Manzak
Tim O'Connor ... Cliff Roeder
Priscilla Pointer ... History Teacher
Mary Jackson ... Latin Teacher
Adrienne Marden Adrienne Marden ... Librarian
Katey Sagal ... Girl Patient (as Catherine Louise Sagal)
Robert Karnes ... City Editor
Ray Ballard Ray Ballard ... Store Owner
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Nora Eckstein ... Freshman Girl (as Nora Morgan)


On the day before she retires, a teacher discovers that a student she had flunked ten years previously is out to kill her.

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Release Date:

27 November 1971 (USA) See more »

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Universal Television See more »
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Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Like Sideshow Bob, Raymond certainly knows how to keep a grudge!
6 November 2016 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

The plot for this made for TV film is very strange. Raymond (Dean Stockwell) failed an exam ten years ago and now, after having escaped from the mental institution, he returns to take his old teacher, Ms. Bloomquist (Jane Wyman) prisoner and forcing her to relive his moment of failure. In other words, she MUST pass him or die...or he might just kill her regardless!

The film has a lot of good and a bit of bad. Dean Stockwell is the best thing about the film--he's great as the deranged ex-student. The plot is also bizarrely original. But it also suffers a tad from too much exposition when the film begins. Instead of naturally giving backstory slowly and naturally, it's very forced--as if they are explaining things to the audience. The ending, also, is a bit of a letdown. Overall, it's worth seeing even if it is a mixed bag.

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