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Murder Can Be Deadly (1962)

The Painted Smile (original title)
Jo Lake and Mark Davies, working the "outraged husband" racket, fall foul of the sinister Kleinie. Jo, all for quitting, is persuaded by Mark to find one more victim before they leave and ... See full summary »

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Lance Comfort

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Pip Baker (story and screenplay), Jane Baker (story and screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Liz Fraser ... Jo Lake
Kenneth Griffith Kenneth Griffith ... Kleinie
Peter Reynolds ... Mark
Tony Wickert Tony Wickert ... Tom
Craig Douglas Craig Douglas ... Nightclub singer
Nanette Newman ... Mary
Ray Smith Ray Smith ... Glynn
David Hemmings ... Roy
Harold Berens Harold Berens ... Mikhala
Grazina Frame Grazina Frame ... Lucy
Richard McNeff Richard McNeff ... Police Inspector
Gerald Sim ... Plain Clothes Policeman
Rosemary Chalmers Rosemary Chalmers ... Gloria
Mia Karam Mia Karam ... Dawn
Terence Maidment Terence Maidment ... 1st Henchman
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Jo Lake and Mark Davies, working the "outraged husband" racket, fall foul of the sinister Kleinie. Jo, all for quitting, is persuaded by Mark to find one more victim before they leave and quit. She goes to the club where she operates and persuades a very-drunk young student, Tom, who has just won a hundred pounds, to go back to her flat. Mark, hiding there, hears footsteps mounting the stairs, but instead of Jo, the ugly, crippled Kleinie appears and coldly and callousy stabs Mark, leaving the body in Jo's bedroom. When she arrives with Tom, Kleinie phones and tells her to look in her bedroom. Jo tells Tom that the police will blame him and she persuades him to get his car and dispose of the body. Still somewhat drunk, his erratic driving causes him to be stopped by the police. Tom escapes. His friends, Glynn and Roy call on his fiancée, Mary, after reading in the paper about the body found in his car and that the police are after him. Tom arrives and his two friends set out to find ... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

May 1962 (UK) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The role of nightclub singer, played by Craig Douglas, was originally offered to The Beatles, but they were rejected by the producer, who thought they were too young. See more »

Soundtracks

Another You
Sung by Craig Douglas
Composed by Norrie Paramor
Lyrics by Bunny Lewis & Michael Carr
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The Badger Game Gone Wrong
27 January 2020 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

Liz Fraser and Peter Reynolds have been playing the badger game. She lures a man with some money to her room, and he breaks in on them, playing the angry husband. She wants out, but is persuaded to give it one more go. She lures drunken Tony Wickert up, but Kenneth Griffith calls her, and asks how she's going to clear up the mess in the bedroom. It's Reynolds' bloody corpse. She persuaded Wickert to take the corpse, drive into the country and bury it, while she packs to leave town. Wickert, drunk, attracts the attention of the police, and abandons the car. When he sobers up, he goes to his friends for help. He and Miss Fraser have the police looking for them.... and Griffith.

There's no mystery here, but it is a pretty tight little suspense story, largely from Wickert's viewpoint. There's some nice. Owes of St. Pancras Station, and it's good to seeMiss Fraser, usually cast as a ditzy blonde, doing some acting in a minor but nicely run drama.


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