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Murder Once Removed (1971)

Not Rated | | Drama, Mystery, Thriller | TV Movie 29 October 1971
A doctor and the wife of one of his wealthy patients hatch a plot to get rid of her husband so they can be together and get his money.

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Charles S. Dubin (as Charles Dubin)
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Complete credited cast:
John Forsythe ... Dr. Ron Wellesley
Richard Kiley ... Frank Manning
Reta Shaw ... Nurse Regis
Wendell Burton Wendell Burton ... Fred Kramer
Joseph Campanella ... Lt. Phil Proctor
Barbara Bain ... Lisa Manning
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A doctor and the wife of one of his wealthy patients hatch a plot to get rid of her husband so they can be together and get his money.

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 October 1971 (USA) See more »

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Mono (Westrex Recording System)

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Color (Eastmancolor)

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1.33 : 1
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Just a Bit Far Fetched
5 December 2006 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

As basic entertainment, this is kind of fun. It's a nicely plotted film if you don't think too much. The plot involves a doctor who has psychotic tendencies and acts on them fairly frequently. Because he doesn't get caught, he feels vindicated. He applies this logic to other murderers as well. He is played pretty well by John Forsyth. He has a relationship with Barbara Bain from the Impossible Missions Force, and hopes to marry her. I'm surprised his last name isn't Bluebeard, because he seems to have a thing for trophies. The acting is credible in the made for TV venue. It's nicely done. As a previous writer said, it's a little like those Link/Levinson productions, ala Columbo. It moves along nicely and there are lots of surprises.

Now for the other part. There are so many coincidences and potential pitfalls that it would be really hard to make the plot work. Anything could mess it up. There's also the fact that the person murdered first knows about Forsyth's history and still allows him to perform surgery. He also baits him about his past. There had to be other avenues he could have taken, knowing what he knows. There's also a frame up that really would have to be so obvious to anyone with a shred of investigative insight.

The characterization is good. I really liked the nurse, Rita Shaw, who has a handle on everything. She is Forsyth's main adversary, and he doesn't even know it. She has always played those kinds of characters and, like people in her profession, she's the guts of the operation.

I would recommend this film if you aren't too picky. It will keep you involved.


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