|THE GLASS WEB (director: Jack Arnold; screenwriters: Robert Blees/Leonard Lee/from the novel Spin the Glass Web by Max Simon Ehrlich; cinematographer: Maury Gertsman; editor: Ted J. Kent; music: Milton Rosen; cast: John Forsythe (Don Newell), Edward G. Robinson (Henry Hayes), Kathleen Hughes (Paula Rainer), Hugh Sanders (Lt. Stevens), Marcia Henderson (Louise Newell), Richard Denning (Dave Markson), Clark Howat (Bob Warren); Runtime: 81; MPAA Rating: NR; producer: Albert J. Cohen; Universal-International; 1953)|
|"It's not that hard from early-one
to figure out the guilty party."
by Dennis Schwartz
released in 3-D. It hoped to offer a movie
benefit over its rival free TV. Sci-fi
director Jack Arnold ("The Man From
Bitter Ridge"/"Tarantula"/"Creature From The Black
Lagoon") turns to a B/W suspense film and does a
decent job with keeping the potboiler going even
though it's not that hard from early-on to figure out
the guilty party. It's based on the 1952
novel Spin the Glass Web by Max Simon
Ehrlich. The script is written by Robert Blees and Leonard Lee, that features a slow
unfolding plot in a drab LA TV studio setting.
Newel (John Forsythe)
is the married head writer of a popular tabloid
mystery TV show that dramatizes sensational
crime stories every week. In real life he is being
blackmailed by the flashy blonde TV actress Paula
Rainer (Kathleen Hughes),
a real piece of work, for the one-night stand he had
with her over the summer. When Newel goes to her flat
for a showdown, he finds her dead. Since the cops
can't solve the crime, her case is featured on his
show Crime of the Week. The producer asks the show's
research expert Henry Hayes (Edward
G. Robinson) and Newell to hand in
competing scripts. Hayes makes sure the evidence
points to his rival, someone he doesn't care for.
We learn that Hayes (Edward G. Robinson), a former police reporter, also had an affair with Paula and was bitter over paying her money but she still rejected his advances. As a result, the insecure frustrated scholar killed her and framed the writer.
REVIEWED ON 1/25/2015 GRADE: B-
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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