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Monday, November 7, 2011

Thriller: Rose's Last Summer (1960)

Season 1, Episode 5
A solid entry in the Thriller series.  Mary Astor [The Maltese Falcon] plays Rose French, an aging actress who has been out of work for quite some time and hopes to restart her career.  She is offered a job in California and, several days later, is found dead.  The plot eventually takes a surprising turn which I didn't see coming but after the "twist" is revealed fizzles a bit to a quite predictable ending.  Darn!  This one could have been great but it doesn't quite get there.  Again, it would have been a better film in the 30 minute range rather than 50 minutes.  Still, it was an enjoyable little thriller.  
Director Arthur Hiller, who also directed Episodes 1& 2, is definitely in his element with this kind of filmmaking.  He always gets solid performances out of his actors and has a nice sense of pacing of action and drama.   
For more info check out the episode's entry in IMDB.

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