The Christopher Lee Blogathon – Diagnosis: Murder (1974)

This reviews is part of the The Christopher Lee Blogathon  taking place this weekend and being hosted by Gill of WeegieMidget and Barry of Cinema Catharsis

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“Stephen. If you’re not careful, you’re gonna get very drunk.” – Helen

Number of Times Seen – 1 (19 May 2021)

Brief Synopsis – A psychiatrist becomes the chief suspect when his wife disappears and mysterious notes are found that seem to accuse him of the crime of murder.

My Take on it – This is a film that I came across during my research of films by Christopher Lee and the premise and title intrigued me.

Unfortunately, this is a pretty poorly made and executed story that fails to be gripping or thrilling in any manner.

The casting of Lee in the role of the psychiatrist is the best decision they made with this film because he is able to play this character so well.

He is shown as a character that can be sophisticated and quite shrewd in all that he does.

The story itself doesn’t leave much for the imagination and things play out in a very predictable way which hurts things quite a lot because there is never much to anticipate as the story unfolds.

The detective work by Jon Finch is alright, but he isn’t really able to make things as believable as one might hope for.

Things play out in a mediocre way and that actually makes part of what happens here seem quite laughable which takes away from things even more.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Sir Christopher Lee, Jon Finch, and several other cast and crew were nearly killed when filming an action scene went wrong. (From IMDB)

Rating – Razzie Worthy (3/10)


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5 thoughts on “The Christopher Lee Blogathon – Diagnosis: Murder (1974)

  1. Have never even heard of this one; too bad. Lee seems so well cast, and the other actors are pros as well. Till, if it shows up on TV one of these days, I will give it a try because of Christopher Lee.

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  2. For a brief moment, I thought Christopher Lee had guest starred in an episode of the American television show diagnosis murder, starring Dick Van Dyke !

    From your description of this movie, maybe it would have been better if he had been on that show.

    A very nice, concise review 👍


  3. Now I’m very curious about what exactly happened during filming that almost got Lee and his co-stars killed, but the IMDb trivia piece is very vague! Can you imagine sacrificing your life on the set of a mediocre movie thriller? In reading about movies, I’ve been struck by all the accounts of near-misses and injuries sustained by beloved stars. The Mummy (1959) was particularly hard on Lee, who was bruised when he jumped through a pane of real glass, and nearly dislocated his shoulder trying to burst through a door that had been mistakenly locked.


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