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Decoy - The Sound of Tears

USA 1958
produced by
Arthur H. Singer, Everett Rosenthal (executive) for Pyramid Productions, Official Films
directed by Marc Daniels
starring Beverly Garland, Suzanne Pleshette, Molly McCarthy, Muriel Kirkland, Charles Mendick, Edward Claymore
written by Lillian Andrews

TV series
Decoy

review by
Mike Haberfelner

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A wealthy businessman is killed in Central Park one night, and his ex-fiancee Wendy Jenkins (Suzanne Pleshette) the only and only logical suspect: The murder happened near her apartment, the deceased was walking her dog, and of course his turning her down seems to be the perfect motive. Plus a gun fitting the caliber of the bullets he was murdered with, was registered in her name, and she claims she has given the weapon to him long ago. Only detective Casey Jones (Beverly Garland) is anything but sure about this, mainly because the way Wendy has cried when she learned about her ex's death sounded real. So Casey investigates further and soon finds the deceased's secretary Susan Connor (Molly McCarthy) is a bit too quick to lay the blame for the death on Wendy, and comes up with evidence after evidence to corroborate the story - evidence that could just as easily be fabricated. And at one time, she even confesses she actually was in love with the deceased. So Casey has an idea: She tells Susan where the police will search for the murder weapon next (even though it's a place that already has been searched), then follows Susan around town to witness her takint the gun from a locker at the trainstation and trying to hide it where Casey has hinted the police hasn't searched yet - which is as good as confessing the murder.

 

Above all else, this story is let down by its predictability - the guilty party gives herself away to the audience way too soon and way sooner than Casey actually suspects her. Also, the finale, in which Susan threatens Casey with the murder weapon lacks any real suspense - after all, why would you reload a gun you have just emptied in a murder if you desperately try to get rid of it?

One of the lesser episodes of Decoy.

 

review © by Mike Haberfelner

 

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