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Friday, September 4, 2015

THRILLER: Worse Than Murder

Hosted by Boris Karloff
Guest Stars:  Constance Ford, John Baragrey, Christine White, Harriet E. MacGibbon, Dan Tobin
Directed by Mitchell Leisen
(actor & director credits courtesy

A manipulative golddigger, after discovering a secret in her dead uncle's diary, tries to blackmail his wealthy sister.

Actress Constance Ford gives a convincing performance as the money-grubbing woman who stops at nothing to gain the inheritance she believes she's been cheated out of in this installment, resorting to increasingly violent acts.  It makes for a compelling and entertaining hour, and it's a credit to Ford and director Leisen that they build her character's menace without going over the top.  A subplot featuring the handyman who rents Ford's character her apartment doesn't seem to go anywhere, but the rest of the script is pretty tight and well-constructed.

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