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Thursday, June 5, 2014

Thriller: Letter to a Lover (1961)

Thriller: Letter to a Lover (1961) Season 2, Episode 8

At first, Letter to a Lover, looks like your average murder mystery.  But looks can be deceiving.  Letter to a Lover has more twists and misdirections than a roller coaster.  Director Herschel Daugherty [Alfred Hitchcock Presents and numerous TV credits] paces this episode of Thriller perfectly.  It starts slow and builds to a series of surprise turns in the last few minutes of the episode.

The cast includes Murray Matheson [Alfred Hitchcock Presents] who has a commanding presence on screen.  Ann Todd plays his wife and the interplay between them is great.  You’re not sure who is the crazy one and who is sane by the time the episode is done.  Avis Scott is a firecracker as the murdered doctor’s nurse. I’m not sure why she has a huge scar over her eye.  It’s actually more distracting to the episode than helpful.  Finally, Felix Deebank rounds out the quartet of murder suspects.  By the time Letter is finished, you’re pretty much convinced all four of them did it!

If you like murder mysteries this one is quite good.

RATING: Very Good.

For more info check out the film's entry in IMDB.

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