Thriller (1973–1976)
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Murder Is a One-Act Play 

Death to Sister Mary (original title)
Soap opera actress Penny Stacey is flattered when she meets Mr. Rook, who is organizing a fan club dedicated to her character on the program "Saints and Sinners." However, the lines between... See full summary »

Director:

Robert D. Cardona

Writer:

Brian Clemens
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Cast

Episode credited cast:
Robert Powell ... Rook
Jennie Linden ... Sister Mary / Penny Stacey
George Maharis ... Mark Fields
Anthony Newlands ... Tony Barton
Joan Haythorne Joan Haythorne ... Mother Superior
Derek Fowlds ... Dicky
Leigh Lawson ... Larry Turner
Gerry Cowan Gerry Cowan ... TV Director
Windsor Davies ... Detective Moore
Norman Mitchell ... Security Man
Maggie Rennie Maggie Rennie ... Housekeeper
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jill Shakespeare Jill Shakespeare ... Operator
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Soap opera actress Penny Stacey is flattered when she meets Mr. Rook, who is organizing a fan club dedicated to her character on the program "Saints and Sinners." However, the lines between fiction and reality are blurred for the fanatic Rook. He will take desperate measures to protect his cherished "Sister Mary." Written by L. Hamre

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Country:

UK

Release Date:

12 May 1974 (USA) See more »

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Murder Is a One-Act Play See more »

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Pretty decent, just stretching it in such a strong Series.
15 May 2018 | by Paul EvansSee all my reviews

Series 3 of Thriller is for my money the best, Death to Sister Mary follows the two superb episodes Coffin for the Bride and I'm the man he wants to kill. It has more good points then bad, and once again features a fantastic lead performance from Robert Powell, and some nice chilling moments.

You need to stretch your imagination a little with this one, it's hard to believe that even back in the 1970's someone could gain access to so many places without challenge. You must also stretch to believing that none of the main players suspected this creepy guy of any wrong doings, or that there wasn't a single eye witness.

A few gripes that's all, nothing majorly wrong, Powell as I mentioned was great, Jennie Linden was also really strong in the title role. The ending is very entertaining, wonderfully theatrical, and the core storyline itself is fantastic, a fan becoming totally obsessed with someone's on screen persona, the lines blurred between fantasy and reality.

Pretty Good. 6/10


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