Hammer House of Mystery and Suspense - Paint Me a Murder
Roy Skeggs for Hammer/20th Century Fox
directed by Alan Cooke
starring Michelle Phillips, James Laurenson, David Robb, Alan Lake, William Morgan Sheppard, Tony Steedman, Mark Heath, Michael Watkins, Indira Joshi, Richard LeParmentier, Michael McKevitt, David Millett, Neil Morrissey, Gerald Sim, Peggy Aitchison, Lynn Clayton, Jeillo Edwards
written by Jesse Lasky jr, Pat Silver, music by Francis Shaw
Hammer House of Mystery and Suspense
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Famous painter Luke Lorenz (James Laurenson) drowns, which is sure to
make the prices for his paintings skyrocket - but actually, his death was
only staged by him and his wife Sandra (Michelle Phillips), so he could in
death get the recognition he never got in life and so his paintings sell
better. The plot of course works beautifully, his paintings sell and sell,
he gets exhibition after exhibition, and suddenly every major museum wants
a painting of his - and dead Luke is of course able to fulfill all
demands, since he simply isn't dead. But hiding away in the attic of his
house slowly gets to him ...
Meanwhile, wife Sandra falls in love with Luke's artdealer Vincent
(David Robb), and since he loves her back, she soon realizes she has to
get rid of Luke - and tries to poison him with arsenic. However, he
survives her attempt at his life, flees his attic hide-out ... and almost
blows the whole scheme when painting the outside wall of an abandoned
building mural-style. Sandra and Vincent - who only now learns of Sandra's
little plot - manage to catch up with him just in time, and they manage to
send him away to the country without anyone noticing, where they persuade
him to continue painting while they are already plotting his demise.
However, when they plan to throw him off some cliffs, they themselves land
down below instead, all dead of course ...
An entertaining little thriller that despite remaining totally
predictable throughout is very amusing to watch, just because it seems to
have so much fun with its own plottwists. Only the ending comes across as
a bit of a disappointment, but still, one of the better episodes of the very
uneven Hammer House of Mystery and Suspense.