EVERYTHING ABOUT A MOVIE?
|A TATTERED WEB (TV) (director: Paul Wendkos; screenwriter: Art Wallace; cinematographer: Michel Hugo; editor: Jack McSweeney; music: Robert Drasnin; cast: Lloyd Bridges (Sgt. Ed Stagg), Frank Converse (Steve Butler), Sallie Shockley (Tina Butler), Murray Hamilton (Sgt. Joe Marcus), Walter Brooke (Lt. Preston), Ellen Corby (Mrs. Simmons), Whit Bissell (Mr. Harland), Broderick Crawford (Willard Edson), Anne Helm (Louise Campbell); Runtime: 73; MPAA Rating: NR; producer: Bob Markell; Treeline Films; 1971)|
|"Never satisfies with its
unconvincing psychological dramatics."
Reviewed by Dennis Schwartz
Paul Wendkos ("The Burglar"/"Gidget"/"Angel Baby")
uninteresting made for TV police drama. The moralistic
crime drama, written by Art Wallace, is filled with
histrionics and comes with an unpleasant and banal
story. It looks more like TV viewing than a movie, and
never satisfies with its unconvincing psychological
homicide Detective Sergeant Ed Stagg (Lloyd Bridges) becomes unglued when his
oil rigger son-in-law Steve Butler (Frank Converse) is cheating on his
daughter Tina (Sallie
Ever since wifey skipped out of the marriage thirteen
years ago, single parent Ed has been overprotective of
Tina. The couple live with him, which upsets Steve.
Married for a year, he starts cheating on wifey a
month ago with loose-living bar girl Louise Campbell (Anne Helm).
The cop warns Louise
by phone to stay away from Steve, and then tells Steve
to end the affair. Ed follows Steve one night and
discovers he is with his mistress again, and when
Steve leaves Louise's apartment he barges in and tries
to offer her money to stop seeing him. When she
refuses, the cop angrily tosses her against the wall
and accidentally kills her. Then he gets to
investigate the homicide with his partner Joe Marcus
When Joe suspects
Steve is the killer, after learning that he could have
been her boyfriend, Ed pins the murder on a wino
who just confessed he killed his best friend while in
a drunken stupor.
There's a lot of angry
looks and grim facial expressions, and a sad look at a
model cop who cracks up because he's afraid that he
can't protect his daughter any more from being hurt by
a cheater she dearly loves. Trouble is the story is
weak and the acting is poor, and in the end the pic
has little to say about adultery, sluts,
overprotective dads, cops who lose their moral compass
and winos. In other words, you're probably wasting
your time watching this pic.
REVIEWED ON 10/14/2010 GRADE: C
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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