Don't Look Behind You
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NBC, 11/19/1971 or 11/11/1971
Queen remained off the home screen for thirteen years. Universal Pictures prepared a 2 hour pilot for a new series. Originally announced as 'Catch me if you can' this easily forgettable murder mystery has famed detective taking over police-baffling Hydra case. Relationship between Lawford and Morgan starts out well but disappears as film progresses. E.G. Marshall plays a consulting psychiatrist who has an agenda himself and Coleen Gray his wife. Stefanie Powers is wasted as a suspect that gets involved with Ellery.
The casting of Ellery is preposterous: Lawford plays him as an over aged, mod "Swinging London" hipster. Harry Morgan, well-suited as the long-suffering Dad, has been rewritten as a long-suffering uncle. Thus resolving the difference in accents & age between the two actors.
The plot structure of "Cat of
Many Tails" is present here,
of the story's subtleties and insights are
The script was written by Richard Levinson and William Link. They changed the billing to "Ted Leighton" because they disapproved of changes made while they were vacationing in Europe.
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