The Glass Web

  • 1953
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Mystery

A minor crime melodrama made interesting by the use of 3-D. Hughes is an aggressive young actress who appears on a regular "Crime of the Week" TV show. She had once had an affair with scriptwriter Forsythe and is now using that dalliance as blackmail to keep her on his show and to keep her purse lined with extra cash. He is about to pay her the last of...read more

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A minor crime melodrama made interesting by the use of 3-D. Hughes is an aggressive young actress who appears on a regular "Crime of the Week" TV show. She had once had an affair with scriptwriter Forsythe and is now using that dalliance as blackmail to keep her on his show and to keep

her purse lined with extra cash. He is about to pay her the last of the money but gets to her flat to find her murdered. Much as he would have wanted to do the job himself, he is innocent. Hughes was also blackmailing Robinson, the research director for the show. Since the crime remains unsolved,

Robinson and Forsythe decide to use it as the basis for one of the TV show's episodes. Robinson, who provides the data for the scripts, keeps feeding information to writer Forsythe. The evidence keeps pointing to Forsythe as the killer until Robinson gives himself away as the real criminal when he

includes some facts that only the killer would know. When Forsythe realizes that, he confronts Robinson and is about to be killed. However, this takes place in an empty studio and someone has conveniently left the cameras in operation. The police see what's happening and arrive to save Forsythe so

he can go on to great stardom in TV's "Dynasty" 30 years later. The best parts of the film are the authentic TV studio setting and Robinson's performance. The movie features several early appearances by actors who became famous on TV; Jack Kelly, Beverly Garland, Lance Fuller, Brett Halsey, and

Richard Denning all had their own starring or costarring roles in series. This was one of Jack Arnold's four 3-D projects and not a very good one from the man who also directed THE INCREDIBLE SHRINKING MAN (1957); THE MOUSE THAT ROARED (1959); and THE CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON (1954) as well

as scores of TV comedies.

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  • Review: A minor crime melodrama made interesting by the use of 3-D. Hughes is an aggressive young actress who appears on a regular "Crime of the Week" TV show. She had once had an affair with scriptwriter Forsythe and is now using that dalliance as blackmail to ke… (more)

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