Tales of the Unexpected (1979–1988)
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Rich skinflint George Devon has two nephews, David and Donald, who are identical twins. George is murdered by one of them after refusing him a loan, and the house-keeper sees him leaving ... See full summary »

Director:

Philip Leacock

Writers:

C.B. Gilford (story), Ross Thomas (dramatisation)
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Cast

Episode complete credited cast:
David Cassidy ... Donald / David
Darren McGavin ... Sheriff Milt Singleton
Tara Buckman ... Sally Fenton
Royce D. Applegate ... Deputy Eddie Ream
Ann Doran ... Mary Deacon
Robert Snively Robert Snively ... George Devon
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Rich skinflint George Devon has two nephews, David and Donald, who are identical twins. George is murdered by one of them after refusing him a loan, and the house-keeper sees him leaving the murder scene. The trouble is that she cannot tell them apart and both of them have cast-iron alibis. Local Sheriff Milt Singleton has to work out a means of telling them apart and nailing the killer. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Language:

English

Release Date:

7 May 1983 (UK) See more »

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Anglia Television See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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A fantastic final scene
11 April 2016 | by barbarianvshispaniaSee all my reviews

The final scene shooting in an indoor - Bar scenario, when the sheriff (performed by Darren McGavin) in order to find out who of the twins (David Cassidy) is the killer of their uncle and decided to use the help of a female bartender (Tara Buckham) is a very clever and well organized script, having also a nice mix of close up shots and mid shots. In fact, this scene is a truly piece of art.

Today, and from my humble point of view as a movie fan, it is quite difficult to encounter with movies that have a compelling script. It's seems that the sequences of action and special effects are always the main goal for big production companies instead of pointed in a well-structured screenplay. This can be a result of lack of talented screenwriters or those big production companies prefer to ignore them. The absence of good stories or ideas in recent decades (despite few good movies that mainly come from the hand of the genius Steven Spielberg and other great producers & directors like Martin Scorsese or Joel Coen) are very sad news and the best example of it is the quantity of remakes in recent years. I need to say that I wasn't quite surprised when I have noticed that very soon it will be on the screens another "Ben- Hur" (2016)


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