…a.k.a.: First, You Drip.
Bloody, funny, shoe leather-hard American tall tale.
Remember Rhoda, Mary’s best friend and upstairs neighbor on The Mary Tyler Moore Show? Did you know that she, along with her costars, took a suspenseful detour into thriller-movie territory, to spice things up?
Available through Warner Brothers’ Archive Collection (a real rarity, considering how few MTVs from this era have made it onto disc), ABC’s 1973 telemovie, Dying Room Only, directed by Philip Leacock, written by the master, Richard Matheson, and starring Cloris Leachman, Ned Beatty, Ross Martin, and Dabney Coleman, is a model of efficient, effective suspense.