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Murder by Natural Causes (1979)

Allison, the unfaithful wife of a famous mentalist with a heart problem, wants her lover to try to kill her husband by scaring him to death, but the whole thing goes downhill.

Director:

Robert Day
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Hal Holbrook ... Arthur Sinclair
Katharine Ross ... Allison Sinclair
Richard Anderson ... George Brubaker
Barry Bostwick ... Gil Weston
Bill Fiore Bill Fiore ... Marty Chambers
Phil Leeds ... Eddie, Private Detective
Eve McVeagh ... Helen Carrington
Jeff Donnell ... Mrs. Mathews
Maida Severn ... Garden Party Hostess
Lloyd McLinn Lloyd McLinn ... Director
Victoria Carroll ... Television Actress
Jessica Rains Jessica Rains ... Technician
Judith-Marie Bergan ... Production Assistant
Vivian Brown Vivian Brown ... Maid
Rosanna Huffman Rosanna Huffman ... Woman in Play
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Storyline

The film opens as Arthur Sinclair, a successful mentalist (Hal Holbrook) is talking on the phone with his young wife Allison (Katherine Ross). She wishes him luck as he departs to give an interview. Than we learn that she is in bed with another man Gil (Barry Bostwick). Gil is a trying actor in love with Allison and we soon learn that she is planning to have Gil kill Arthur by scaring him to death (as he has a heart problem). Their plan is to have Gil storm the house pretending to be a thief and than point a gun at Arthur who would die from the shock. The faithful night comes and Gil storms the house but Arthur sees him before he can reach the gun. Gil presents himself as a journalist there to make an interview with Arthur. He and Gil have a hearty conversation and it turns out that both men have something on each other. Gil knows that Arthur is a fake and that he somehow knew the information about a killer in a different town and Arthur knows that Gil is not a journalist. Gil is not ... Written by Matthew James (Filmfan 97)

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Originally aired on February 17, 1979, star Hal Holbrook's 54th birthday. See more »

Quotes

Garden Party Hostess: [to Allison] You must have a lot of courage, my dear... married to a mind reader? How could one keep secrets?
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Don't let the (1979) fool you. This is an excellent movie.
22 June 1999 | by _siskel_See all my reviews

I must admit that before editing this movie I was dreading having to watch this movie just because the year was 1979 when it was made. As I began watching this movie I totally forgot about the year and got caught up in the mind reader. I also was curious to where I had seen the wife's secret lover before. And then I realized it was the Mayor from Spin City. It was pretty funny watching this movie because of the way this character was acting.

I like the whole plot though. It kept me in suspense throughout the whole movie. This is a good movie to rent. DON'T BE FOOLED BY THE YEAR 1979!!!

2 THUMBS UP!


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 February 1979 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Hollywood, California, USA

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Mono | Mono (Glen Glenn Sound)

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1.33 : 1
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