This is starting to become a bad habit. I keep putting films back to the bottom of the "to watch" pile just because of the title. This one had made it to the top 3-4 times before i finally broke down and threw in the player. What do i find but a television remake of CAPE FEAR. And a not bad knockoff at that. The makers make a few minor changes but keep most of the story intact.
In this one we have Lloyd Bridges in the Greg Peck role, Pat Crowley as the wife, Eve Plumb as the daughter, John Anderson as the police chief and William Waston in Mitchum's bit. Watson might not ring any bells but you would know him if you saw him. He did lots of series in the 70's as a heavy, gunman type.
Not expecting much from the film, it took me a bit to clue in to what it really was, a remake of Cape Fear. Then it got real interesting real fast. The film is rather nasty and violent for a TV film. Bridges and Crowley are good but Watson shines in an excellent take on Mitchum.
Being a Quinn Martin film we of course have William Conrad as the opening narrator.
This was the pilot for a failed series called TALES OF THE UNEXPECTED. The director was Richard Lang who worked on some "HARRY O" episodes and a TV remake of Dark Mirror. A good little film and a nice way to spend an evening in front of the boob tube.