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They Call It Murder (1971)

A small-town district attorney is saddled with several major investigations, including a gambler's murder and a possible insurance scam.

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Walter Grauman

Writers:

Erle Stanley Gardner (characters), Sam Rolfe | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jim Hutton ... Doug Selby, D.A.
Lloyd Bochner ... A.B. Carr
Jo Ann Pflug ... Sylvia Martin
Robert J. Wilke ... Sheriff Rex Brandon
Edward Asner ... Chief Otto Larkin
William Elliott ... Deputy Bob Terry (as Bill Elliott)
Miriam Colon ... Anita Nogales
Jessica Walter ... Jane Antrim
Carmen Mathews ... Doris Kane
Leslie Nielsen ... Frank Antrim
Nita Talbot ... Rona Corbin
Vaughn Taylor ... Dr. Harry Marshall
Vic Tayback ... Jeff Poland
Harry Townes ... Dr. Garnett
Michael Pataki ... Pete Cardiff
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A small-town district attorney is saddled with several major investigations, including a gambler's murder and a possible insurance scam.

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Drama | Mystery

Certificate:

TV-PG | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 December 1971 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Filmed in 1969, not broadcast until 1971. See more »

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A fine outing by Jim Hutton
4 September 2000 | by reve-2See all my reviews

This made for TV movie predates the Jim Hutton version of the Ellery Queen TV series by a few years. However, Hutton obviously used this role as his model for playing Queen in the series. He has a lot of fun with his role as DA and it is contagious. I thoroughly enjoyed watching Hutton as he appeared in virtually every scene as the relentless DA, investigating a murder that soon expands to even more homicides. This film is based on an Erle Stanley Gardner work and contains all of the elements of fine mystery writing which we would expect from Mr. Gardner. A good cast of names and faces familiar to TV watchers serves to keep up the interest and suspense as this excellent mystery unfolds. I would have preferred another actor in the role of the defense attorney played by Lloyd Bochner. But, I admit that I am nit picking here. I simply don't like Mr. Bochner since he plays every single role in exactly the same manner, smug and arrogant. Just once I would like to see him exhibit some semblance of warmth or humor. For me his performance was the only negative in this most enjoyable movie.


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