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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.

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Robert Day
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Cast

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 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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Drama | Mystery

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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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Sound Mix:

Mono | Mono (Glen Glenn Sound)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

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

Quotes

Arthur Sinclair: [Asking about some contracts] What do I do?
George Brubaker: Sign them.
Arthur Sinclair: Committing myself to...?
George Brubaker: Three books in the next three years. For which you get an advance of $300,000.
Arthur Sinclair: Give me a pen before I change their minds.
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Good movie to see over again!
10 April 2003 | by peppyphillipsSee all my reviews

I ran across this movie, which I had seen before and got hooked again! I wasn't planning to watch it but it is such a good show and Hal Holbrook is masterful! This is a show that you will enjoy again and again (even though you know the ending).


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