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A Tattered Web (1971)

Not Rated | | Crime, Drama, Mystery | TV Movie 24 September 1971
A detective accidentally kills his son-in-law's floozy and then tries to cover-up his actions.

Director:

Paul Wendkos

Writer:

Art Wallace
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Lloyd Bridges ... Sgt. Ed Stagg
Frank Converse ... Steve Butler
Sallie Shockley Sallie Shockley ... Tina Butler (as Sally Shockley)
Murray Hamilton ... Sgt. Joe Marcus
Broderick Crawford ... Willard Edson
Anne Helm ... Louise Campbell
John Fiedler ... Sam Jeffers
Val Avery ... Sgt. Harry Barnes
Whit Bissell ... Mr. Harland
Walter Brooke ... Lt. Preston
Joseph Bernard Joseph Bernard ... Bartender (as Joe Bernard)
Ellen Corby ... Mrs. Simmons
Roy Jenson ... Bert Korawicz (as Roy Jensen)
James Hong ... Police Surgeon
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A detective discovers his son-in-law is cheating on his wife. He confronts the other woman and accidentally kills her, then tries to pin the crime on a local derelict. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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Crime | Drama | Mystery

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 September 1971 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Alibi See more »

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Production Co:

Metromedia Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Father knows best
19 February 2012 | by Chase_WitherspoonSee all my reviews

Average TV movie concerning cranky cop (Bridges) whose son-in-law (Converse) is having an affair with local harlot (Helm) that threatens to de-rail his marriage to Bridges beloved daughter (Shockley). Bridges tries to convince both Converse and Helm (separately) to end the infidelity, but goes too far, resulting in the title woes.

Murray Hamilton is reliable as Bridges' loyal police buddy, concerned by his colleague's apparent carelessness in handling aspects of the murder case, while familiar faces Walter Brooke, James Hong, John Fiedler and Whit Bissell have small roles. Broderick Crawford has a key supporting role as a drunk fingered for the crime, but Hamilton's not convinced by the forced confession obtained by Bridges. In my opinion Shockley, as the almost child-like daughter of Bridges over-protectiveness, does an outstanding job, neglected by her two-timing husband, but knowing more than she appears to comprehend.

Small-scale thriller moves at an economical pace with solid performances and some moments of suspense. Experienced TV and movie director Wendkos knows how to fashion a taut thriller for 70 minutes, but where there was the promise of a tense climax on two occasions (in both the bedroom scene and cliff-edge confrontation with Converse), neither comes to fruition, instead, the conclusion is tepid and ultimately disappointing.


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