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Strange Homecoming (1974)

Not Rated | | Action, Thriller | TV Movie 29 October 1974
A small-town sheriff is surprised to see his brother show up in town, a man whom he hasn't seen in 20 years--and who has graduated from petty thievery to murder.


Lee H. Katzin


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Complete credited cast:
Robert Culp ... Jack Halsey
Barbara Anderson ... Elaine Halsey
Whitney Blake ... Peggy Harwood
Glen Campbell ... Bill Halsey
Leif Garrett ... Bobby Halsey
Tara Talboy Tara Talboy ... Sandy Halsey
John Crawford ... Winston
Arch Whiting ... Otis
Victor Brandt Victor Brandt ... Floyd
William H. Burton Jr. William H. Burton Jr. ... Mel (as William H. Burton)
Charles Shull Charles Shull ... T.V. Newscaster
Dee Carroll Dee Carroll ... Claudia Parmel
Maryesther Denver Maryesther Denver ... Nellie
Gerrit Graham ... Earl Gates


A small-town sheriff is surprised to see his brother show up in town, a man whom he hasn't seen in 20 years--and who has graduated from petty thievery to murder.

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29 October 1974 (USA) See more »

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Furcsa hazatérés See more »

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Yet another lesser TV version of film noir plot
18 January 2006 | by trendresSee all my reviews

I noticed no one has commented on this somewhat slight TV version of Hitchcock's (one of his favorites)film noir SHADOW OF A DOUBT. This version is set in a southwestern town, rather than a small town near Los Angeles (though I think we supposed to believe it's supposed to be the Midwest.) The camera work is rather routine (it IS for TV), but tension does build in the plot. Robert Culp is a good choice for the Joseph Cotten role (tho his demeanor and facial appearance give him away faster than Mr. Cotton.) In the TV version the closest relative is his brother who is the sheriff. The Teresa Wright role is played by Tara Talboy (an actress who never had many credits-- perhaps she dropped out of the business.) Her younger brother is played by Leif Garrett in what must be one of his first roles. I saw this film when it was first shown and on a local TV station, many years later, when they ran TV movies on weekday afternoons, but I don't believe it's ever been on videocassette (& certainly not on DVD.) I would probably record it (on VHS or DVD)if I saw it on a program schedule again, if only to compare it to SHADOW OF A DOUBT (which I have.)

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