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Death in Small Doses 

Ring Once for Death (original title)
Recently widowed Laura Vallance returns home to England after many years living abroad. She knows few people in England, but she desires rest and seclusion in her time of grief. However, ... See full summary »

Director:

Robert D. Cardona

Writers:

Brian Clemens (created by), Brian Clemens (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Episode cast overview:
Michael Jayston ... Roger Masters
Nyree Dawn Porter ... Laura
Barry Nelson ... Hugo Fane
Thorley Walters ... Dr. Ledworth
Janet Key Janet Key ... Lisa
Victor Winding Victor Winding ... Detective Sergeant Rainer
Clare Sutcliffe Clare Sutcliffe ... Betty
Richard Oldfield ... Piers Fane
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Recently widowed Laura Vallance returns home to England after many years living abroad. She knows few people in England, but she desires rest and seclusion in her time of grief. However, she is more alone than she bargained for when she hires Roger Masters as her butler. With small doses of poison, the ruthless butler plans to keeps his wealthy employer incapacitated... permanently. Written by L. Hamre

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butler | maid | poison | scam | drunk | See All (5) »


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 December 1973 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Death in Small Doses See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Gripping, compelling and thoroughly nasty.
8 January 2018 | by Sleepin_DragonSee all my reviews

I've been watching this splendid anthology series in order, and I have to say that Ring once for Death must rank as one of the very best episodes. A superb watch from beginning to end. This had me gripped through to the end, it was so nasty, the way in which Masters manipulated all around him and preyed on poor Mrs Vallance was so malevolent, I've always been a big fan of Michael Jayston, he is superb in this, cool, calculated and thoroughly ruthless. Nyree Dawn Porter is superb as Laura, the perfect opposite to Jayston, she is soft and kind. As you watch you see how all power is taken from Mrs Vallance, gradually you see even her strength taken, she's a prisoner in her own home, locked away in a claustrophobic environment, seemingly even her only means of help is taken from her, as a viewer it's like seeing someone with a noose around their neck, there is no hope. This is the Thriller series at its very best.


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