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The Machine Calls It Murder 

An insurance company statistician compiles computer figures for accidental deaths to young women and finally develops it to such detail that it indicates that several girls may have been ... See full summary »

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Marc Daniels

Writer:

Harold Swanton
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Episode cast overview:
Walter Slezak ... Himself - Host
Larry Blyden ... Peter Meinecke
Everett Sloane ... Lt. Malotte
Betsy von Furstenberg Betsy von Furstenberg ... Susan Jerome
David White ... Charley Frey
Lee Patrick ... Mrs. Endicott
Midge Ware ... Edna Flynn
Amzie Strickland ... The Landlady
Peter Walker ... John Jerome
Frank Behrens ... The Druggist
Peg La Centra ... Mrs. Denham
Bob Duggan Bob Duggan ... The Sergeant
Paul Mazursky ... The Waiter
Wesley Lau ... The Ranger
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An insurance company statistician compiles computer figures for accidental deaths to young women and finally develops it to such detail that it indicates that several girls may have been actually murdered by the same man. Investigating further, he's sure he can predict who the next victim will be. Written by WesternOne

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Mystery

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Language:

English

Release Date:

29 May 1960 (USA) See more »

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Mono

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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Rebroadcast 2 July 1961 as "The Sunday Mystery Theatre" series on NBC, filling the Chevy show's time slot for the summer. See more »

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A great idea indifferently executed...
29 October 2012 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

The idea behind "The Machine Calls it Murder" is very interesting. A computer expert who does actuarial work for an insurance company has noticed a statistical impossibility. A bunch of young and healthy young women have died--all by accidents. However, the more he digs, the more he sees so many similarities that the cases MUST be connected. In other words, some evil guy marries them, heavily insures them and then arranges 'accidents'--and there is a definite pattern to it.

When it comes to what happens next, it occasionally made little sense--but the show was still interesting. Despite having VERY compelling evidence, his boss and the authorities don't seem very concerned(??). And so, he goes to one of the women who he thinks will be next and begins to investigate himself. This doesn't make any sense, though fortunately for the plot eventually he gets a cop to notice (Everett Sloane). What happens next? Well, it is pretty exciting BUT the production values are so low that it really doesn't work as well as it could. Worth seeing but clearly flawed.


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