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Linda (1973)

Not Rated | | Drama, Thriller | TV Movie 3 November 1973
A woman kills her lover's wife, then sets out to frame her husband for the murder.


Jack Smight


Merwin Gerard, John D. MacDonald (novel)


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Complete credited cast:
Stella Stevens ... Linda Reston
Ed Nelson ... Paul Reston
John McIntire ... Marshall Journeyman
John Saxon ... Jeff Braden
Ford Rainey ... Police Chief Vernon
John Fink ... Brownell
Alan Fudge ... Officer Carr
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Mary-Robin Redd Mary-Robin Redd ... Anne Braden
Joyce Cunning Joyce Cunning ... Louella
Barbara Sammeth ... Young Woman


A woman kills her lover's wife, then sets out to frame her husband for the murder.

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What do you do when your wife murders her lover's wife and leaves you holding the gun? You hope and pray there's a lawyer who knows about women like Linda. See more »


Drama | Thriller


Not Rated






Release Date:

3 November 1973 (USA) See more »

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Universal Television See more »
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Color (Technicolor)
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Remade as Linda (1993) See more »

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Despite the poster currently shown on IMDb, this is a made for TV thriller not some porno flick!
26 January 2017 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

I was very surprised when I found the web page for "Linda" on IMDb. Usually, IMDb shows a photo from the movie or a poster but this time here's a poster from some porno film with a naked brunette on it! This has absolutely NOTHING to do with this made for TV film...nothing!

This film begins on a secluded California beach. Linda and and Jeff (Stella Stevens and John Saxon) are shooting at beer cans as Linda's husband, Paul, and Jeff's wife watch. Then, out of the blue, Linda turns the gun on the wife and Jeff---killing them both! Paul takes the gun away from her and then phones the police to tell them his wife murdered the two folks. When the police arrive, however, they only find the dead woman and no beer cans. A few moments later, Linda and Jeff come walking down the beach with a stringer of fish-- and they say they have no idea what's happened. The police think Paul is nuts and must have killed the lady--and Linda and Jeff play it up! Obviously this is a set-up but will the police figure this out or is Jeff destined to be some inmate's new love interest?

This is a very good thriller. It's well written and has a nice payoff. In fact, it's very good for a made for TV film and holds up very well today thanks to excellent writing and acting.

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