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Ann (Shirley Knight) & her politician husband Greg (Dean Stockwell) move
into a big house in the country, & everything seems perfect from day one
... until they meet weird florist Marvin (Michael Gothard), who shows an
instant dislike towards Ann, & who seems to be lurking around the house at
night, pretty much scaring the shit out of Ann. It is not made any better when
Ann remembers where she knows Marvin from of course: 10 years ago she
successfully defended the alleged killer of Marvin's girlfiriend in court,
which led to Marvin threatening her life back then ...
However, when Ann
& Greg go to the police, they can do pretty little, as Ann & Greg don't
have any actual proof against Marvin ... & what's more, when doing a little
investigating, police inspector Gray (Struan Rodger) comes up with some
evidence for Marvin's innocence, yet there seems to be some mysterious woman
involved ... but who could that woman be: Greg's weird mother-hen secretary
Paula (Toria Fuller), who's secretly in love with him ? Or his personal
assistant Suzy (Carmen Du Sautoy), who's just a tad too perfect to be real ? Or
... someone completely else (there actually are no other suspects).
the police are closing in on the identity of the mysterious woman (who indeed
proves to be one of Greg's co-workers), Greg & Ann are throwing a party
where all the 2 suspicious women are present, & especially Paula behaves
particularly strange, & several of the guests claim to have seen a man
looking like Marvin ...
Later that night, the party's over, the guests are
gone: Ann finds her huspband knocked out, & Marvin leaning over him,
holding Greg's gun. Ann & Marvin get into a fight over a gun ... when
suddenly a second Marvin appears, who proves to be Suzy in disguise ... &
she prepares to kill them both, then putting the blame on Marvin (the real
one). But as if that wasn't bad enough already, Greg suddenly turns out to be
her ally & longtime lover, & the pair of them were just looking for a
perfect opportunity to get rid of Ann ... & when they found Marvin, a
taylormade suspect, they decided to put their little murder plan into action
... when the police rushes in & arrests them both ... There is no such
thing as a perfect crime ...
Rather predictable mystery (oh come on,
isn't it always the husband & his to-good-to-be-true assistant in this kind
of stories) that runs rather low on suspense & takes half an eternity to
shift into gear - & in the meantime, suspicion is piled onto Marvin the red
herring to asuch an extent that he appears to be the least suspicious of the bunch ...
series Hammer House of Mystery & Suspense was pretty much the
last product Hammer Films ever put out onto the market, but neither this
episode nor the series as a whole were on par with Hammer's average
product from its heyday.