The Victim AKA Out of Contention
Elizabeth Montgomery, Eileen Heckart, Sue Ane Langdon, George Maharis and Jess Walton
8 out of 10 / B+
REGION CODE: 0
Region All / Free DVD-R (playable worldwide)
After learning that her sister Susan is contemplating divorce, Kate decides to travel to the distraught woman's remote country home and spend some time with her. When Kate arrives, however, Susan is nowhere in sight. That's because someone has murdered her and stuffed the body in a trunk in the basement. As a storm rages outside, Kate tries to figure out where her sister could have gone and places her own life in great danger...the killer is still on the premises! In her first post-Bewitched vehicle, Elizabeth Montgomery gives a brilliant dramatic performance. Merwin Gerard's teleplay is based on a short story by McKnight Malmar. Malmar's tale was first brought to television in 1962 as an episode of Boris Karloff's THRILLER anthology series. Gerard (creator of the ONE STEP BEYOND show) adds several clever ingredients that heighten the tension and suspense. If you like exciting suspenseful thrillers than this is one movie that will keep you on the edge of your seat till the end. Another great performance well worth mentioning is that of Eileen Heckart who plays the eerie and suspicious housekeeper.