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The Crooked Hearts (1972)

Con-artist stalks members of club of rich old women.

Director:

Jay Sandrich

Writers:

A.J. Russell (teleplay), Colin Watson (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Douglas Fairbanks Jr. ... Rex Willoughby
Rosalind Russell ... Laurita Dorsey
Ross Martin ... Sergeant Daniel Shane
Michael Murphy ... Frank Adamic
Maureen O'Sullivan ... Lillian Stanton
Kent Smith ... James Simpson
Dick Van Patten ... Edward, The Desk Clerk
Patrick Campbell Patrick Campbell ... Taxi driver
Liam Dunn ... Writer
Penny Marshall ... Waitress
Kenneth Tobey ... Fisherman
Bill Zuckert ... Security guard
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Storyline

While the police investigate the latest in a series of mysterious disappearances of older women, they are led to a matchmaking service run by Mrs. Stanton where the last victim was a client. Meanwhile, the service's newest client, Laurita Dorsey, begins a relationship with Rex Willoughby, an elegant gentleman she met through the service. But neither Laurita nor Rex are exactly who they appear to be. Written by Anonymous

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A delightful tale of murder

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 November 1972 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Corações Solitários See more »

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Production Co:

Lorimar Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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A rather more faithful version of Colin Watson's British novel (retaining its original title, setting and character names) was made by BBC Television some five years later as part of its short-lived but fondly-remembered "Murder Most English" series. See more »

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Cops know that a murderer is loose and killing lonely old ladies...but how will they find out WHO is doing this?!
3 November 2016 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

Like many installments of "The ABC Movie of the Week", this one had a neat idea but quick production times doom this one to mediocrity status. It's a shame, as it's Rosalind Russell's final film and I really did wish it had been better.

Two detectives (one is Ross Martin) see a pattern. Old, lonely ladies are being murdered and the one thing they all have in common is that they all used dating services (here, called 'Lonely Hearts Clubs'). So they check out the local dating services but can't find the one agency that they all used.

In the meantime, you see Laurita (Russell) as she's being wooed by a suitor from the dating service. Rex (Douglas Fairbanks Jr.) is charming and she is quite taken with him...and you assume she's about to become his next victim.

So why was I not a big fan of the film? Well, it was all Russell's character--one who just didn't make sense much of the time. What also made no sense was the way overly complicated and silly way the baddies tried to kill her. Why not just toss her off a cliff or put a bullet in her head?! Duh. The writing just left me cold.


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