Originale : Killjoy – Who murdered Joy Morgan ( film tv
prodotto per la Warner Bros Tv trasmesso il 22 ottobre 1981 ).
: 96 minuti.
: John Llewellyn Moxey.
: Kim Basinger, Robert Culp, Stephen Macht, Nancy Marchand, John
Rubinstein, Terry Burns, Kelly Jean Peters, Ann Dusenberry.
: Joy Morgan, prostituta scomparsa, viene ritenuta morta.
Un poliziotto, Lou Corbin ( Robert Culp ), vecchio amico
della giovane donna, indaga in un grnde ospedale su quattro
sospettati: il chirurgo Max Heller ( Stephen Macht ), il medico
legale Paul Trenton ( John Rubinstein ), la figlia del direttore
dell’ospedale Laury Medford ( Kim Basinger ) e la madre di Paul,
Martha Trenton ( Nancy Marchand ), la quale è ostile
all’imminente matrimonio tra Laury e Max pesando piuttosto a
dirottare Laury su suo figlio.
: In Italia il film-tv è uscito pure in videocassetta distribuito
da “MFD – Home Video”. E’ disponibile inoltre la cassetta
inglese distribuita da “PolyGram Video”.
in Tv : In Italia il film-tv è stato trasmesso da Italia
7 e Rete 4, in Germania da Pro 7 e Kabel 1, in Francia da M6 e La 5.
Titoli : In Francia il film-tv è stato trasmesso col
titolo “Qui a tué Joy-le fouineur”, in Germania col titolo “Mordintrigen”,
in Spagna col titolo “Mataron a Joy”.
Curiosità : La trasmissione del film-tv in Italia ha spesso
comportato il cambio del titolo: “Chi ha ucciso Joy Morgan”,
“Che fine ha fatto Joy Morgan” e “Bisturi Omicida”. Il
film-tv ha vinto nel 1982 l’ Edgar Allan Poe Award come miglior
: alcune recensioni sul film :
Film Tv : “Mistery
di impianto molto originale con un buon cast. Buon thriller
pensato e girato per la tv che riesce a incollare alla sedia lo
spettatore. Nel cast una giovane Kim Basinger”.
Télé Revue ( rivista francese ) :
Video woche ( rivista
tedesca ) :
Tv today ( rivista tedesca
Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews" : C "A made
for TV movie that looks and feels like a made for TV movie (it
was stale). It's entertaining ala Columbo style, as the last
scene has all the suspects in the morgue and the cop, Lou Corbin
(Robert Culp), plays a trick on the murderer to get a confession,
just like they do it on TV when they wrap up a case. Since I
wasn't held in suspense, I instead turned my attention on
guessing who did it, using my conditioned experiences from
watching such TV shows, therefore I knew it wouldn't be the most
obvious one. I did guess who it was about half way through on a
hunch, since the plot didn't leave much in clues. Instead, it
tried many different twists to throw you off, giving all the
suspects a reason for doing the killing. I hate to be a killjoy,
but that, unfortunately, was the only enjoyment I got out of the
film. The film opens
as a blonde woman is being slashed to death with a pair of
shears by an unseen assailant. Set in a city hospital, the film
pays homage to soap operas like General Hospital, as in numerous
scenes a patient is seen watching the unnamed soap opera, as is
the bartender where the doctors hangout, Rosie (Ann Wedgeworth).
Dr. Paul Trenton (John Rubinstein) is the head of pathology at
the hospital; his overbearing widow mother is a doctor at the
same hospital; Dr. Max Heller (Stephen Macht) is the poor boy
with ambition who worked his way through med school to his
position as a heart surgeon and is best friends with the wealthy
Trentons. Max is an arrogant playboy and pictured as a surgeon
of questionable skills; and, then there is Laury Medford (Kim
Basinger), the gorgeous trophy wife that both Paul and Max are
seemingly after. Her father is the chairman of the hospital
board, which bodes well career-wise for whichever doctor lands
her, as he's in a position to help both move up the ladder. At
the bar, Paul learns that Laury, his lifelong friend and the one
his mother compulsively wants him to marry, has just become
engaged to Max. When Paul's mother finds out that he's about to
lose her, she goads him to let her help in getting Laury back.
Paul is determined to be his own man and tells his mother to
mind her own business. Sneakily, Paul has Laury receive a letter
addressed to Max from his secret lover, Joy Morgan, one in which
she wrote to him about their love and enclosed in it the key to
her house. Paul wrote the letter and made sure Laury got it, in
order to get Laury's attention that her future husband spends
the night with a girlfriend the night he proposes to her. This
upsets Laury and she goes with Paul to Joy's house and finds
evidence that Max and Joy knew each other. Lou Corbin tails them,
suspicious that the missing travel agent Joy Morgan, someone he
once dated before she broke it off to date a doctor, is a victim
of foul play. Corbin meets individually with all the suspects
and only discloses that he's a cop after his investigation is in
its final stages. It made for a forgettable film, one that was
probably intended as a pilot for a possible TV series. I saw it
on the Mystery Channel at 3 in the morning, when I was suffering
from insomnia after a particularly grueling day. The B-film left
a warm spot in my heart, as it cured my insomnia without me
using a sleeping pill and having to worry about side effects.".