Sunday, September 25, 2016

Violent Midnight (1963)

Starring Lee Philips, Shepperd Strudwick, Jean Hale, Lorraine Rogers, Dick Van Patten
Directed by Richard Hilliard
(actor & director credits courtesy

A painter implicated in his wealthy father's death some years before becomes the prime suspect in a series of murders of young women.

Probably most notable for this being the debut film of producer Del Tenney, who went on to make the better known The Horror Of Party Beach, the picture offers a pretty good murder mystery with enough suspects to keep the audience guessing.  Fans of TV's Eight Is Enough may be surprised to see that series' family man Van Patten, playing a very different role as a hard-nosed cop.  Although made early in the 1960s, there's a surprising amount of sex and nudity, absent from Tenney's later pictures.

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