The 2nd Agnes Moorehead Blogathon – Twenty Plus Two (1961)

This is the second of three posts dedicated to The Second Agnes Moorehead Blogathon being held over at In The Good Old Days of Hollywood. Tnx Crystal for letting me take part!

(Crystal is unfortunately currently in a coma, so Gill Of RealWeegiemidget is taking over handling this blogathon.  Best of health to Crystal and she should be in all of our prayers for a quick and speedy recovery.)

“What’s a corpse look like after it’s been in the water for two weeks? You wouldn’t know your grandmother from a salted mackerel” – Desmond Slocum

Number of Times Seen – 1 (7 Dec 2020)

Brief Synopsis – A detective is hired to find out why a secretary was mysterious murdered which leads him to clues relating to a decade old disappearance of an heiress.

My Take on it – This is another film that I knew nothing about before coming across it during my research for this blogathon.

The story is quite interesting, yet it fails to be more engaging and powerful in all that it does.

The pacing of the story is done well but things get far too convoluted along the way as the story progresses.

The movie has a great cast led by David Janssen in the lead role who helps make his character more enjoyable to watch.

The film’s supporting cast help keep things even more intriguing.

The two biggest standouts among them are William Demarest and Agnes Moorehead who each have a short scene that still resonates quiet powerfully.

It’s too bad that the rest of the film isn’t as engaging as the scenes featuring the two of them.

Bottom Line – Interesting idea that unfortunately isn’t powerful enough. The story moves along at an enjoyable pace, but the story gets too convoluted along the way. The cast is great and Janssen does a nice job in the lead role.  The supporting cast also helps things move along especially Moorehead and Demarest who both have short scenes which help make things more intriguing.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – At one time Los Angeles Dodgers pitchers Don Drysdale and Sandy Koufax was linked to the film. They were holding out for more money and this may have a publicity stunt to get the raises. Whatever the case Drysdale and Koufax got the raises and went back to the Dodgers. (From IMDB)

Rating – BAFTA Worthy (6/10)


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