Blood and Lace (1971) : "Evil Breeds Evil, Honey."
Five Minutes to Live. As the town detective with an uncomfortable interest in Ellie, Tayback balances coming off like a hard boiled detective and a skeezy perv. The second TV alum is the object of his inquiries, Ellie Masters played by Melody Patterson. Ms Patterson appeared on 65 episodes of F-Troop before going on to bit parts in The Monkees, Bruce Dern’s biker flick The Cycle Savages, and Blood and Lace. She was honestly not the best actress, but she made up for it by selling Ellie’s rebellious streak and looking quite good doing it. Gloria Grahame, far from her early role as the minx who tried to steal Jimmy Stewart from Donna Reed in It’s a Wonderful Life, give a striking and sadistic late career performance as Mrs. Deere, the house mother with some interesting ideas about life and death. Putting the icing on the cake is one last familiar TV face, though the years may prevent recognizing him. Len Lesser, better known as Uncle Leo on Seinfeld, is convincingly menacing as Tom, the smarmy handyman in Mrs. Deer’s employ.