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The Crooked Hearts (1972)

Con-artist stalks members of club of rich old women.

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Jay Sandrich

Writers:

A.J. Russell (teleplay), Colin Watson (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Douglas Fairbanks Jr. ... Rex Willoughby
Rosalind Russell ... Laurita Dorsey
Ross Martin ... Sergeant Daniel Shine
Michael Murphy ... Frank Adamic
Maureen O'Sullivan ... Lillian Stanton
Kent Smith ... James Simpson
Dick Van Patten ... Edward, The Desk Clerk
Patrick Campbell Patrick Campbell ... Taxi driver
Liam Dunn Liam Dunn ... Writer
Penny Marshall ... Waitress
Kenneth Tobey ... Fisherman
Bill Zuckert ... Security guard
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Storyline

While the police investigate the latest in a series of mysterious disappearances of older women, they are led to a matchmaking service run by Mrs. Stanton where the last victim was a client. Meanwhile, the service's newest client, Laurita Dorsey, begins a relationship with Rex Willoughby, an elegant gentleman she met through the service. But neither Laurita nor Rex are exactly who they appear to be. Written by Anonymous

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A delightful tale of murder

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 November 1972 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Corações Solitários See more »

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Production Co:

Lorimar Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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A rather more faithful version of Colin Watson's British novel (retaining its original title, setting and character names) was made by BBC Television some five years later as part of its short-lived but fondly-remembered "Murder Most English" series. See more »

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Two of Hollywood's best at their best.
21 May 2017 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

The biggest problem I found with The Crooked Heart is wrapping my mind around the concept that Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. would ever need a lonely hearts club to meet women. That most elegant of stars is both a confidence man and a killer and he's set his sights on widow Rosalind Russell.

This was Russell's farewell performance and she and Fairbanks are the reason to watch this made for TV film. Even though it is plain that Fairbanks is after her money, that man is so charming who could resist. But Roz has plans of her own.

Also featured in this prominently are Ross Martin a detective who is investigating a string of disappearances of elderly women who were people of means. Also Maureen O'Sullivan has a prominent role as the organizer of the senior and middle-aged matchmaking service.

The method for killing these women I have to admit is ingenious. I'd watch this to see two of old Hollywood's best at their best.


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