Monday, September 19, 2016

Killer by Night (1972)

Directed by Bernard McEveety
My rating: 2.5 stars out of 4
(DVD, CBS/CreateSpace)

Robert Wagner is a doctor tasked with trying to stop a diphtheria epidemic from getting out of control. He butts heads with police captain Greg Morris, who is more concerned about a series of robberies that has resulted in the deaths of some of his officers. The two plot lines converge when it turns out a homeless man with homicidal tendencies is also "patient zero" in the diphtheria epidemic. Potentially interesting mix of genres, disaster and police procedural, too often succumbs to TV-movie cliches, especially in the time consuming romantic subplot between Wagner and co-worker Diane Baker, but still manages to be engaging.

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