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A Tattered Web (1971)

Not Rated | | Crime, Drama, Mystery | TV Movie 24 September 1971
A detective accidentally kills his son-in-law's floozy and then tries to cover-up his actions.


Paul Wendkos


Art Wallace

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Complete credited cast:
Lloyd Bridges ... Sgt. Ed Stagg
Frank Converse ... Steve Butler
Sallie Shockley Sallie Shockley ... Tina Butler (as Sally Shockley)
Murray Hamilton ... Sgt. Joe Marcus
Broderick Crawford ... Willard Edson
Anne Helm ... Louise Campbell
John Fiedler ... Sam Jeffers
Val Avery ... Sgt. Harry Barnes
Whit Bissell ... Mr. Harland
Walter Brooke ... Lt. Preston
Joseph Bernard Joseph Bernard ... Bartender (as Joe Bernard)
Ellen Corby ... Mrs. Simmons
Roy Jenson ... Bert Korawicz (as Roy Jensen)
James Hong ... Police Surgeon


A detective discovers his son-in-law is cheating on his wife. He confronts the other woman and accidentally kills her, then tries to pin the crime on a local derelict. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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Oh what a tangled web we weave when once we practice to deceive See more »


Crime | Drama | Mystery


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Release Date:

24 September 1971 (USA) See more »

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Alibi See more »

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Metromedia Productions See more »
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1.33 : 1
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4 October 2002 | by rsoonsaSee all my reviews

A critically important component of virtually all successful cinema is suspense, a perception of uncertainty within the viewer as to what may ensue from the events occurring upon the screen, whichever genre, present even when we know an outcome (Apollo 13) if the work is done well; all of which is meant to point to a total absence of suspense in this weakly directed feature, which dully plods from scene to scene until its flat ending. Lloyd Bridges, cast as police sergeant Ed Stagg, has discovered that the husband (Frank Converse) of his daughter Tina (Sallie Shockley) is dallying with a local chippy and during Stagg's attempts to end the adultery, he accidentally commits a murder, upon which he forges a plan to place responsibility for the crime upon a local inebriate, tangentially providing a question of the title: was Scott's "What a tangled web we weave..." (Marmion) the intended source, inaptly transposed into "tattered"? (an amendment that would be of a piece within this poorly crafted affair). The film is steeped in cliché, hampered by a witless score, and the acting from the three mentioned leads is often embarrassingly bad, notably in the case of Bridges, which might be attributed to the hackneyed script if it were not that Anne Helm as the doxy and Murray Hamilton as Stagg's partner manage to make something of their material, while Broderick Crawford rises above his during his few scenes.

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