Portrait for Murder (1955)

Genres - Crime, Mystery, Romance  |   Countries - USA  |  
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Portrait for Murder was the October 19, 1955 entry of the TV anthology series The 20th Century Fox Hour. Robert Stack plays a detective investigating the murder of a beautiful model. The deeper he gets into the case, the more fascinated he becomes by the large portrait of the model hanging on her wall. Imagine his surprise when the "dead" girl (Dana Wynter) calmly walks into the living room. Sound familiar? It should: Portrait for Murder is a 60-minute remake of the 1944 20th Century-Fox film Laura, and both adaptations are based on the original novel by Vera Caspary. Costarring as waspish critic Waldo Lydecker (the role played in Laura by Clifton Webb) is George Sanders, who'd later recreate this characterization in a 1968 TV production of Laura, starring Lee Radziwill.

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killing, stranger, death, detective, girl, investigation, love, murder, portrait, private-detective