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Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Thriller: Worse Than Murder (1960)

Season 1, Episode 3
Death brings out the best and worst in people, especially when there's an inheritance to argue about!  In this case, it brings out the worst in Connie Walworth, played deliciously by TV actress Constance Ford, who is upset that she has been left out of her uncle's will and tries to do something about it.  This is an old-fashioned Hitchcock style thriller.  It treads familiar territory but it tells the story well.  Ms. Ford is front and center in this drama and her performance is wonderful.  She lights up every scene she's in and makes Worse than Murder an enjoyable ride.  [She also appeared in Episode 1, The Twisted Image.]
This episode was directed by Mitchell Leisen who does a nice job with the pacing of the story.  He also brings out great performances from all the actors.  The screenplay from veteran TV writer Mel Goldberg was nicely adapted from a novel by Evelyn Berckman entitled "The Beckoning Dream."  Nicely done.
RATING: Very Good.
For more info check out the episode's entry in IMDB.

1 comment:

  1. Just saw Worse than Murder on my local affiliate of ME Tv and loved it here in Philadelphia. yours is the only info i could find on the net about the film, so thanks for posting. i see you're also into silent films. yesterday i watched the fantastic Mark of Zorro with douglas fairbanks sr. never knew a silent film could be so rivetingly wonderful.