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A Tattered Web (1971)

A detective accidentally kills his son-in-law's floozy and then tries to cover-up his actions.


Paul Wendkos


Art Wallace


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Complete credited cast:
Lloyd Bridges ... Sgt. Ed Stagg
Frank Converse ... Steve Butler
Sallie Shockley Sallie Shockley ... Tina Butler (as Sally Shockley)
Murray Hamilton ... Sgt. Joe Marcus
Broderick Crawford ... Willard Edson
Anne Helm ... Louise Campbell
John Fiedler ... Sam Jeffers
Val Avery ... Sgt. Harry Barnes
Whit Bissell ... Mr. Harland
Walter Brooke ... Lt. Preston
Joseph Bernard Joseph Bernard ... Bartender (as Joe Bernard)
Ellen Corby ... Mrs. Simmons
Roy Jenson ... Bert Korawicz (as Roy Jensen)
James Hong ... Police Surgeon


A detective discovers his son-in-law is cheating on his wife. He confronts the other woman and accidentally kills her, then tries to pin the crime on a local derelict. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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A Suspenseful Mystery Woven with Intrigue and Lies See more »


Crime | Drama | Mystery


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Release Date:

24 September 1971 (USA) See more »

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Alibi See more »

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Metromedia Productions See more »
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1.33 : 1
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Unhappy characters tortured by guilt...
28 July 2010 | by moonspinner55See all my reviews

A police sergeant in California, still grieving over the loss of his wife years before, follows his untrustworthy son-in-law to a woman's apartment and rightly suspects the two of having an affair; not wanting his incredibly naïve daughter to be hurt, the cop takes matters into his own hands--with tragic results. TV-made melodrama with a good set-up diffused by meandering, awkward results. There's nobody here to sympathize with: not the tortured sergeant (Lloyd Bridges, getting upstaged by his thick crop of hair), nor his randy in-law, the apathetic tramp, the clinging daughter...not even the detective's partner on the police force (who seemingly can't wait to bring his friend down!). There's a clever bit involving a thumb-print on a drinking glass, and Broderick Crawford does excellent work as a drunkard wrongly implicated in a crime. However, the remainder of the second-string cast is lackluster (though Bridges does try hard), and Paul Wendkos' direction is balky.

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