Playhouse 90 (1956–1961)
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Portrait of a Murderer 

Based on a true story, Donald Bashor robs and bludgeons two women to their deaths. While committing the crimes he maintans a normal existence with his girlfriend Florry.

Director:

Arthur Penn

Writers:

Abby Mann (story), Leslie Stevens (script)
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Tab Hunter ... Donald Bashor
Geraldine Page ... Florry
Elizabeth Patterson ... Mrs. Finch
Rudy Bond Rudy Bond ... Bartender Eddie
Barbara Turner ... Sandra
Frank London Frank London ... Jackie
Ned Glass ... Charlie
Donald Foster Donald Foster ... Psychiatrist
Richard Bissutti Richard Bissutti ... Bobby (as Richard Bisutti)
Sidney Clute ... Mr. Cooney (as Sid Clute)
Joseph V. Perry Joseph V. Perry ... Records Officer
Almira Sessions ... Murdered Woman
Edwin Jerome Edwin Jerome ... Judge
Jules Maitland Jules Maitland ... Interviewer
Joe A. Mayo Joe A. Mayo ... Policeman
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Storyline

Based on a true story, Donald Bashor robs and bludgeons two women to their deaths. While committing the crimes he maintans a normal existence with his girlfriend Florry.

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 February 1958 (USA) See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

CBS Television Network See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

In his autobiography Tab Hunter states he received some of his best reviews which gave him confidence as an actor. See more »

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Featured in Tab Hunter Confidential (2015) See more »

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Superb acting by Tab Hunter and cast

This will seem slow to today's audiences. What makes this so great is it was live TV. No mistakes were edited out. Only two errors that I noticed but Tab and company fixed them quickly and moved on. In one scene a fire is supposed to start and be snuffed out quickly but it almost gets out of control. Tab puts in some quick thinking and fancy footwork and all goes well. In another scene one character calls another character by the wrong name. Again it is smoothly corrected and the play looks like it is something the cast worked on for years. Very impressive. Tab stretches from kind and handsome and soft hearted to bold and cruel and still believable. Tab probably could have handled any role given to him when he was young but the studios just wanted him to look good in the posters, which he did. This one brilliant drama shows us he was a really fine actor.


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