An ex-schoolteacher is asked by the police to help locate a missing heiress. Eve Arden ... Hildegarde Withers James Gregory ... Oscar Piper Julie Newmar ... Aleatha Westering Ray Danton ... Capt. Westering Dennis Rucker ... Al Fister Pat Morita ... Delmar Faulkenstein Ezra Stone ... Judge Woodrow Parfrey ... Eberhardt Skye Aubrey ... Lenore Gregory Bob Hastings ... Malloy Robert Easton ... Onofre Sherry Bain ... Eve Granger Udana Power ... Mariette Dwan Smith ... Ora Linda Gillen ... Bernadine Toller (as Linda Gillin)
TV-mystery mavens Richard Levinson and William Link score another homicidal hit with Murder by Natural Causes. The premise: Hal Holbrook has a weak heart. Holbrook's wife Katharine Ross is carrying on an affair with Barry Bostwick. Ross wants to lose her husband, but she doesn't want to leave herself open for a murder rap. So Ross arranges for her husband to have a fatal heart attack. The complication: Holbrook is a professional mentalist. In layman's terms, he can read minds. Don't turn off Murder by Natural Causes until all three of its possible endings are offered to you. Few people switched the channel when Murder was first telecast February 17, 1979. Hal Holbrook ... Arthur Sinclair Katharine Ross ... Allison Sinclair Richard Anderson ... George Brubaker Barry Bostwick ... Gil Weston Bill Fiore ... Marty Chambers Phil Leeds ... Eddie, Private Detective Eve McVeagh ... Helen Carrington Jeff Donnell ... Mrs. Mathews Maida Severn ... Garden Party Hostess Lloyd McLinn ... Director Victoria Carroll ... Television Actress Jessica Rains ... Technician Judith-Marie Bergan ... Production Assistant Vivian Brown ... Maid Rosanna Huffman ... Woman in Play
"A DEATH OF INNOCENCE"" Plot/Summary - A mother (Shelley Winters) travels to New York to see her daughter (Tisha Sterling) who is awaiting trial for murder. The mother is totally convinced of her daughter's Innocence and does all she can to help her. As the trial progresses however, the mother begins to have her doubts. Full cast starring, Shelley Winters, Arthur Kennedy, John Randolph, Harold Gould, Antoinette Bower, Peggy McCay, Richard Bright, Tony Young, Ann Sothern, Tisha Sterling, Don Keefer, Pilar Seurat, Doreen Lang, Regis Cordic, Marc Hannibal, and Barney Phillips. Directed by Paul Wendkos. Released November 26, 1971.
"An actress leaves a TV show to marry the sponsor, jeopardizing the careers of everyone on the show. The show's writer devises a plot for the show involving a kidnapping, then turns it from fiction to fact." (IMdB) This rare made-for-TV film was released in 1972 and stars Ted Bessell, Elizabeth Ashley, and John Cassidy. Director Allen Reisner also directed episodes of many famous TV shows, including the Twilight Zone, Gunsmoke, Green Hornet, Kung Fu, and Hawaii 5-0. This transfer is taken from the 1982 VHS release courtesy of Iver Film Services (England.)
Patricia Routledge stars as Hetty Wainthropp who gets her wings as a private investigator in this amusing and touching drama. Hetty, an unstoppable force of nature in a hat and sensible shoes, decides to track down the long lost son of her best friend's husband. The sweet taste of success encourages her to search for missing persons on a professional basis. Only her aching feet slow her down as she searches for teenage runaways in the alleys and strip clubs of London. Hetty's husband, Robert, wants her at home, safe in the kitchen, but she never leaves a job unfinished, no matter how hard it becomes. For entertainment purposes only. No copyright infringement intended.