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Act of Murder 

A happily married couple plan a vacation in the city to see several stage plays, as the wife is an ex-actress. They arrange to temporarily swap residences with an older couple who want to ... See full summary »

Director:

Alan Bridges

Writer:

Lewis Davidson (screenplay)
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
John Carson ... Tim Ford
Anthony Bate ... Ralph Longman
Justine Lord Justine Lord ... Anne Longman
Duncan Lewis Duncan Lewis ... Will Peterson
Richard Burrell Richard Burrell ... John Quick
Dandy Nichols ... Maud Peterson
Sheena Marshe Sheena Marshe ... Pauline
Norman Scace Norman Scace ... Watson
Robin Wentworth Robin Wentworth ... Constable
John Roden John Roden ... Commissionaire
John Moore John Moore ... Publican
Michael Brennan Michael Brennan ... Police Sergeant
Michael Robbins ... Van Driver
Kenneth Laud Kenneth Laud ... Charlie
Marianne Stone ... Bobbie
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A happily married couple plan a vacation in the city to see several stage plays, as the wife is an ex-actress. They arrange to temporarily swap residences with an older couple who want to visit the country. The older couple are actually part of a team of antiques thieves but are interrupted by a friend of the actress-wife. When the cottage couple find there is no city residence, and are told they are probably being robbed, they return home to find everything intact....except their pets and plants were poisoned. Someone seems to be taking advantage of the situation to upset their lives. Written by anonymous

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Drama | Mystery

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

September 1964 (UK) See more »

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Merton Park Studios See more »
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Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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In this film Marianne Stone wears the same piece of jewellery around her upper left arm as she did in Lolita (1962) and would wear again in Hysteria (1965) See more »

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Taut B mystery
8 March 2004 | by goblinhairedguySee all my reviews

This is one of a series of a few dozen second features from Britain in the early 60s sold under the banner of Edgar Wallace mysteries. Although the German-made Wallace-based "krimi" series was simultaneously popular in Europe, the two couldn't have been more different in approach. The latter emphasized eccentric archcriminals and bizarre, violent crimes in very flamboyant 60's fashion, while the Brits specialized in clever, twisty, pared-down domestic murder plots along the lines of Alfred Hitchcock Presents. This title is considered one of the best of the series. Although like most B mysteries of the time it has an episodic, grey TV look with a bit more adult content, director Bridges provides enough complex camera set-ups and angst-ridden atmosphere to raise it above the pedestrian level stylistically. The plot is absorbing and well-executed, particularly the jarring outdoor climax, but remains rather under-motivated (possibly due to running-time constraints). In retrospect, the realistic style of the time can't rival the moody film noir approach which had by this time fallen out of favour.


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