Playhouse 90 (1956–1961)
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So Soon to Die 

Down on his luck, war hero Lionel Amblin contemplates committing a murder.


John Brahm


Marc Brandel, Jeremy York (novel)


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Episode credited cast:
Richard Joy Richard Joy ... Himself - Announcer (as Dick Joy)
Richard Basehart ... Lionel Amblin
Anne Bancroft ... Isobel Waring
Sebastian Cabot ... Blaize
Torin Thatcher ... Inspector Galloway
Lester Matthews ... Colonel McKinley
Joy Lafleur Joy Lafleur ... Jane Lovett (as Victoria Ward)
Barbara Morrison ... Mrs. Trabert
Ben Wright ... Harold Bond
Larry Gelbman Larry Gelbman ... Sam (as Larry Gelbmann)
Tita Purdom Tita Purdom ... Grace Pell
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Dan O'Herlihy ... Himself - Host


Down on his luck, war hero Lionel Amblin contemplates committing a murder.

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Release Date:

17 January 1957 (USA) See more »

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Playhouse 90 See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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27 May 2015 | by searchanddestroy-1See all my reviews

What a wonderful surprise this terrific episode directed by the Hollywood vet John Brahm. Richard Basehart plays here an ex soldier who, after becoming a hired killer, is required, in London, on a contract: wasting a beautiful young woman: Ann Bancroft. And this for unexplained reasons. The man who hired Basehart is the always exquisite Sebastian Cabot. Basehart's character reminds me Alain Delon's one in Jean-Pierre Melville's LE SAMOURAI. A lonely professional killer who lives in a small room with a cage and a parrot - instead a bird in Melville's film, I admit - in it... Tense, taut, breathtaking pace, I highly recommend this TV movie, presented as a common episode. Highlight performances here too. An outstanding suspense feature indeed.

I won't spoil any further this awesome time waster.

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