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> Sidebar: A young and popular singer, wanting to branch into acting, tried to get the role of the hustler. An advisor overuled that, in the belief that the portrayal of the hustler had anti-Sematic overtones. The singer and his singing/acting whitebread wife instead made a comedy about a young couple with a new baby, and it did not do well.

 

one more point about *Sammy:*

 

It was Eddie Fisher, newly married to Debbie Reynolds, who lobbied for the rich role of Sammy. Overuled by advisors, he and Reynolds made *Bundle Of Joy* , an underwhelming comedy.

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New one: Late 1970s TVM. Unhappy marrage, and the husband wants out, without the hassles of a divorce. He moves carefully; years of prep. Fakes his death, leaving the "widow" provided for with an insurance policy. Along the way, catches and befriends the private investigator that his wife has put on him. Uses the PI for his own purposes. One careful point: It is a _paid up_ policy left supporting the wife. It is fraud of a sort, but the insurer has lost no money. He can not be prosecuted on that point if caught, and its useless to try to blackmail him. He gets away clean.

The departed husband: A solid career both TV and bigscreen. Starred in several different series.

 

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In gathering the funds to leave the way he did, providing for the both of them: The husband made many trips to Las Vegas. He profected the art of card-counting at blackjack. He won, but not in amounts that drew unwanted attention from the casinos. This way, he amassed the amount of money he needed.

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Late 1970s. The star had a long and busy career. Starred in a number of movies and at least three TV series. Twice played a private eye; once played a Federal agent who was constantly being directed to "eyeball" a suspect, witness, etc. I believe that phrase was brought into the TV culture by that series.

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I think it's "Nowhere To Run" with David Janssen, although I never thought that his big screen career was all that solid. "Nowhere To Run" is a strange title for him considering that he spent years on TV as "The Fugitive".

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Thanks. In the eighties, there was a TV reunion movie with some of the former cast members of a western series that had ended some years earlier. One rather prominent cast member, who had joined the series in it's last few years, was missing from this production. He wanted to be payed as much as one of the original series stars. The producers refused, so he said no. Can you name the TV movie and the actor who wanted more money?

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Yes it was Ken Curtis. He wanted too much money, so they replaced him with Earl Holliman. Did you know that actor Buck Taylor, who played Newly on "Gunsmoke" is the son of character actor Dub Taylor? Your turn, sixes.

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one that would fit that description:

 

*The Migrants* , from right time period; Cloris Leachman ( *The Last Picture Show* ) and Sissy Spacek ( *In The Bedroom* ) in the cast. From a T. Williams source, and I wasn't even aware of that one. Have to try to trace it down now.

 

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Thanks, 'lana.

Mid 1970s TVM. Filmed in England, but with an American setting. A Big American Star's first TVM. Theatrical release in UK with another title. A man's wife has left him; seems he can live with that, but he is more upset that she took her son (who is hers but not his) with her. It is the boy that he misses. Vengeance.

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The man is a highschool Science teacher. Something of a joke to students, faculty, everybody who knows him. The ex-wife is callous in the way that she left him and remarried immediately. He starts on a quest to find the lad, leaving bodies behind as he advances.

 

The Amarica-in-England aspect means that most scenes are interiors.

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(2298): At some 36 Views.

Almost all with speaking parts are American. The ex-wife is played by a foreign-born woman who came to the US as a teenager. The title (in USA) of the piece is also the lead character's nickname -- a demeaning one. This plot could be a template for a current episode on *Criminal Minds* or one of the *CSI* franchise.

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The lead; Major star with a long career, three Oscar nominations.

 

Corricting a mistake made earlier: The female lead was American - born.

 

Idiot plot: As the revenge-seeking ex-husband gets closer, the plot contrives to have her all alone in her house. Husband and others busy elswhere. They consider her safe.

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He threatens and terrorizes the ex by telephone. (In the 1970s, wired, landline phones, naturally.)

The ability of police and phone co. to trace such calls was at 70's level also. Gets to the point of a frantic call from the PD: "Mrs. ______, get out if you can! He's calling you from inside the same house!"

 

How many times has that one turned up?

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Thanks, Sixes.

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There is sometimes a pattern, probably not intended, for Network TVMs to address issues currently or recently in the news, matters of public concern. Without looking up any titles, I can remember stories focused on spousal abuse, teen drinking or drugs, VD, child preditors, etc. This 1970s TVM addresses parental child abuse. The story starts: A little girl's broken arm is reported to the police, as required by law. A detective from Children's services is sent to investigate.

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The detective finds a neat apartment, the young mother in an apron, baking cookies. Its a good facade, but he has reservations. The cradle where the child allegedly fell, breaking her arm, is in a softly carpeted room. His partner, a woman detective, is always suspicious. -- She came from a background of abuse. They place this case on a "keep watching" list.

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This story is not fact-based on a single case. Instead the plot brews up a perfect storm of conditions that endanger the child: (1) The mother is resentful of the responsiblity of single parenthood. (2) The ex-husband does not visit the child, and he professes to doubt that he actually the father. (3) This is second-generation abuse: She was abused by her father, and her mother saw her, and treated her, as a rival. (4) The psychiatrist isn't really treating her -- he's timing her sessions strictly, and collecting his fees. (5) The neighbors who hear the child crying at night "don't want to get involved." (6) The little girl herself sometimes does get cranky and troubelsome.

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The young mother: Teen model & actress before assaying this not-quite-adult role. Behind her a number of film and TV stints, including a series doing a cartoon voice, and another series as a teenage singer. Ahead of her, more such work, including a series with a role as an attorney who was also a romantic lead.

 

The lead detective: Black actor, former pro footballer. For the late 70s, if not a pioneer in such scripts and roles, at least one who help built on what others just before him had started. The character's comment on his work his Division faced: "I was lucky. My parents liked me."

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