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The Victim (1972)

A wealthy woman is trapped during a storm in a house with no electricity or phone. A killer has murdered her sister, stuffed the body in the basement, and is now after her.

Director:

Herschel Daugherty

Writers:

Merwin Gerard (teleplay by), McNight Malmar (based on a short story by) (as McKnight Malmar)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Elizabeth Montgomery ... Kate Wainwright
Eileen Heckart ... Mrs. Hawkes
Sue Ane Langdon ... Edith Jordan
George Maharis ... Ben Chappel
Jess Walton ... Susan Chappel
Richard Derr ... Highway Patrolman
Ross Elliott ... First Policeman
John Furlong John Furlong ... Second Policeman
George Jue George Jue ... House Man
Michael Keller Michael Keller ... Station Attendant
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A wealthy woman is trapped during a storm in a house with no electricity or phone. A killer has murdered her sister, stuffed the body in the basement, and is now after her. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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The phone is not the only thing that's dead in Susan's house!


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 November 1972 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Out of Contention See more »

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Universal City Studios See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The film is set during a terrible rainstorm, but during the filming production "suffered" from near-perfect weather conditions, so 100,000 gallons of water had to be streamed through rain towers to achieve the desired effect. Ironically, a week after filming was completed, torrential rains flooded the area. See more »

Goofs

During the scene at the gas station, torrential rain is falling, yet the sun is obviously reflecting brightly off of several points in all of the shots. See more »

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Version of Thriller: The Storm (1962) See more »

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The Victim (aka Out Of Contention)
23 May 2008 | by Cammie63See all my reviews

I first saw The Victim (aka Out Of Contention) well over 25 years ago when I was very young. Being a passionate fan of Bewitched since I was a child, I loved to watch anything that starred Elizabeth Montgomery. This movie was (and still is) a real treat - whether you are a fan of Miss Montgomery's work or not. Elizabeth always shines in her roles, such as her portrayal as the rape victim in A Case Of Rape and as the suspected murderess in The Legend Of Lizzie Borden. Her performance in The Victim as Kate, a terrified woman trapped in an isolated house during a storm, with a killer after her is brilliant. If you like exciting suspenseful thrillers than this is one movie that will keep you on the edge of your seat till the end. Another great performance well worth mentioning is that of Eileen Heckhart who plays the eerie and suspicious housekeeper. Unfortunately like most of Miss Montgomery's movies, The Victim is not available on DVD and I believe that although it was released on VHS some years ago, it is a rarity these days. I was lucky to have taped it when it was aired on television some ten years ago and so have a nice copy of this very good movie. A must see!


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