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The Girl on the Late, Late Show (1974)

Not Rated | | Drama, Thriller | TV Movie 1 April 1974
A television producer decides to find out the whereabouts of a former movie actress whose career has long since faded. He discovers that his inquiries have set off a string of murders.

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Gary Nelson

Writer:

Mark Rodgers
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Don Murray ... William Martin
Bert Convy ... F.J. Allen
Yvonne De Carlo ... Lorraine
Gloria Grahame ... Carolyn Parker
Van Johnson ... Johnny Leverett
Ralph Meeker ... Inspector DeBiesse
Cameron Mitchell ... Norman Wilder
Mary Ann Mobley ... The Librarian
Joe Santos ... Lieutenant Scott
Laraine Stephens ... Paula
John Ireland ... Bruno Walters
Walter Pidgeon ... John Pahlman
Sherry Jackson ... Pat Clauson
Felice Orlandi ... Detective
Frankie Darro ... Studio Guard
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A television producer decides to find out the whereabouts of a former movie actress whose career has long since faded. He discovers that his inquiries have set off a string of murders.

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Drama | Thriller

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Not Rated
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 April 1974 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Une femme dangereuse See more »

Filming Locations:

Burbank, California, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Tinseltown time capsule from the Golden Age (of TV movies)
1 December 2016 | by melvelvit-1See all my reviews

In a quest for ratings, the producer (Don Murray) of an early morning TV talk show heads to L.A. to find out whatever became of a half-forgotten movie queen and inadvertently sets off a string of killings...

Confusing TV murder mystery set in Hollywood with voice-over narration, nubile females, and even a detective's trench-coat for Don (why didn't he just call COLUMBO?). Veteran actors Gloria Grahame, John Ireland, Van Johnson, Yvonne Decarlo, Ralph Meeker, Cameron Mitchell, and "special guest star" Walter Pidgeon pop up in small roles. Grahame was probably the titular mystery woman because the makers, Columbia Pictures, could use clips from old movies Gloria made at that studio free of charge.

I've come to enjoy the rhythmic narrative flow of these TV movies (the action regularly builds to a crescendo with a quick fade-to-black where commercials were inserted) and I also love the credits that invariably include "guest stars" galore and at least one "special guest star". I'm looking forward to tracking down more.


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